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I am currently a junior in high school wanting to go to college in the fall of 2015. When and where should I start looking for financial aid? Thanks for the information. -- High School Junior
Answer: You should be actively engaged right now in determining where you can get aid. A good place to begin is the Federal Student Aid website, The office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion each year to help millions of students pay for higher education grants, loans and work-study funds for college or career schools.

How can you tell if your children have bad study habits? -- Wondering

I wonder where my grandchildren are getting their news from. I have never ever seen them read a newspaper or watch the news on TV. However, they do always have an electronic device in their hands. -- Puzzled
Answer: You have observed the answer to your question. Your grandchildren are getting the news from those electronic devices you always see in their hands. They are more than likely getting the news from social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. According to, the way that people -- especially young people -- consume information has changed dramatically.

My son is in fifth grade and struggling with reading, including comprehension. He absolutely hates to read. He has been tested, and the discrepancy wasn't enough to say: "OK, he has a learning disability." However, he does have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) using speech as his disability. Right now, his reading is on a mid-third-grade to maybe an early-fourth-grade level.

Now that we are in the age of electronic books, what are the pros and cons of using them in the classroom? Do they really help kids learn to read? -- Avid Reader
Answer: There hasn't been a lot of investigation into the use of ebooks in the classroom. The features that really help children learn to read have not truly been identified. There are those with animated characters, just text, narration, games and much more.

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