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We need some tips on how to help our young children in elementary and middle school return to their math classes with strong skills. -- Skill Sharpeners
Answer: To keep math skills sharp, children need to use math every day. Their work does not need to be doing worksheets or online exercises -- though they can be helpful. Using math should just be part of their daily lives. Why don't you involve them in some of the following activities?
1. Money Trading: Give your children quite a bit of change.

We need some tips on how to help our young children in elementary and middle school return to their math classes with strong skills. -- Skill Sharpeners
Answer: To keep math skills sharp, children need to use math every day. Their work does not need to be doing worksheets or online exercises -- though they can be helpful. Using math should just be part of their daily lives. Why don't you involve them in some of the following activities?
1. Money Trading: Give your children quite a bit of change.

My fourth-grade son's handwriting is so illegible that the teachers often say that they simply can't read his work. The teachers just say that he should practice, practice and practice. I'm not 100 percent sure what he should practice. He's willing to try. How should we approach this? -- Sloppy Handwriting
Answer: The first thing you need to do is take a good look at your son's handwriting to determine exactly where the problems are. Is it the spacing of the letters, their slant, writing size or line quality?

I want to start applying to colleges. Is it possible to get applications to most colleges now? -- Eager to Start
Answer: Many colleges do not make their applications available until late in the summer. A good first step is to go online now to the Common Application website (www.commonapp.org) to see if any of the schools where you are planning to apply will accept the Common Application, which is online Aug. 1. More than 500 colleges and universities accept this application.

My children will be taking the SAT test next year, and I have heard there are going to be some significant changes in the test. Do you have any idea what these changes are going to be? -- Would Like to Know
Answer: You are correct. Changes in the SAT test are on the way. This test was first given in 1926, and these are the first upgrades since 2005. However, in 1994 antonym questions were removed and calculators were allowed for the first time. The new exam will be rolled out in 2016. The new SAT will continue to test reading, writing and math skills, with an emphasis on analysis.

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