Harbor Day parent, author, and educational consultant Cynthia Muchnick presented her strategies, tips, and tools to succeed in school to a packed room of parents on Thursday, November 29. While the focus of her most recent book, "The Everything Guide to Study Skills," is equipping middle-to-high-school age students with what they need to know to meet their potential in school, Cindy provided ample advice for parents of children in younger grades as well. Highlights of her discussion included recommendations that students sit in the first three rows of class to be sure to be in the zone of attention from the teacher, relentlessly pursue extra credit which strongly signals interest and effort, and do their homework in a well-defined, quiet space as opposed to sitting at the kitchen table where there are distractions aplenty. She also recommended that kids have a paid job in high school to learn the value of a dollar and the commitment that is required of a paid responsibility, they should find a volunteer endeavor that dovetails with something that makes them tick and not just for the minimum hours required by school and spend their summers wisely. Eighth grade summers and beyond are fair game for college evaluations. We are fortunate that in Cindy's professional opinion, Harbor Day is going above and beyond in terms of preparing its students for their high school experiences. Cindy will have two books coming out in the first half of 2013 (one co-authored with her son Justin class of 2012). Books are currently on sale in the front office until December 10. Click HERE to download handouts from her presentation. Click on the video below to view the presentation.