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Quiet Classroom: Techniques For Teachers to Tend to the “Talkers”

August 15, 2016

Ever have a hard time quieting or controlling a loud classroom? I recall from my grade school days the frustration and agony teachers would have when the class would just Not. Stop. Talking!!!!! But… have no fear! We came across an article that gives some super awesome and creative tips on how to quiet down…

Parent Involvement: Creating Success With Study Skills

July 21, 2016

We know that teaching any type of skill takes practice, monitoring, and feedback (see our prior article “Teaching a Skill”, click HERE.).  We also know that this type of “coaching” takes time and attention and this can be a challenge for teachers. How can you possibly give students the type of individual attention I’m suggesting?…

Teaching a Skill: The Importance of Practice, Monitoring, and Feedback

July 14, 2016

In the waning minutes of the Michigan State Quarter-Finals soccer match, down by one goal, my team needed to score quickly… or our season would come to an abrupt end. Desperation was in the air.  Every second that ticked off the clock was one second closer to our demise. It was my senior year and…

Procrastination Stops Now: The First Steps To Getting Started

June 16, 2016

Ever wonder how to eat a large frog? (Stay tuned to learn Brian Tracy’s answer). It’s Sunday night. You’re sitting on the couch watching Netflix and enjoying popcorn in your pjs. All of a sudden, you remember that you have a HUGE research paper due next Friday. Panic sets in. You haven’t even picked a…

Teaching Students How To Learn: Why Do We Expect Students To Learn When We Don’t Teach Them How?

May 16, 2016

Have you ever assembled furniture from IKEA? Many of us have had that pleasure (using the term loosely).  Even with the easy-to-read, illustration-only instructions, this process can be frustrating. But, imagine… if the next time you purchased a couch from IKEA, no instructions were provided. Could you assemble it? How hard could it be?!  You’ve probably got…

Motivation & Engagement: How Working with Partners Gets Better Results

August 24, 2015

We’re continuing our series on motivation and engagement.  Today, the focus is on doing “more with less.” We’ve talked about how paired collaboration works in our business.  It can also work great in the classroom! (See our article “Working in Pairs; the Most Powerful Productivity Tool Ever!”) More examples about the power of pairing are…

Higher Grades in Half the Time: This Week in America With Ric Bratton

April 17, 2015

  Ric Bratton, host of This Week in America, interviewed Susan Kruger when SOAR® was just starting to grow to the thriving resource it is today. In this 17 minute long interview, Susan discusses how students can achieve higher grades in half the time. Susan has taught study skills since 1993 and authored the best selling study skills book on Amazon.…

Simplicity Creates the Best Soft Skills

November 7, 2014

Have you ever wondered what we do with the regular feedback that we get about our program? Well, sometimes, we determine we just can’t use it!

The iPad Simplified the Computer. This Will Simplify Education…

October 17, 2014

Last week Susan and I attended an 80/20 seminar put on by Richard Koch and Perry Marshall. Richard Koch is the modern day expert on the 80/20 principle (for more info on 80/20 principle click HERE). There we learned more about the power of 80/20 and the power of simplification. In the 1960s some of…

How to Prepare for an Exam with Your Eyes Closed!

October 10, 2014

What if you could accomplish the toughest challenges in life by simply closing your eyes and using your imagination? Well, you can. October 28, 1992 was supposed to be the final day of my high school soccer career. It was my senior year at Athens High. We were scheduled to play the undefeated cross-town rival,…

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