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Note-Taking: Writing vs. Typing Notes

September 16, 2018

It’s time for the note-taking showdown everyone has been waiting for. Today, we reveal the winner of the ultimate note-taking battle… pencil-and-paper vs the computer. This has been the hottest question on note-taking for the past few years, and we have an answer for you! So, which is better?   Full Disclosure Before we dig…

Expert Advice on Making “Google Classroom” Work

March 5, 2018

Previously, we published an email we received from a parent member of the SOAR community. This parents laid out all of the troubles she was experiencing with Google Classroom. We asked for your help and advice on how this parent could solve her Google Classroom troubles; we knew your experience could help others navigate this struggle. The first several responses…

Help Us, Help You with Google Classroom!

February 26, 2018

Google Classroom is now one of the most widely used Learning Management Softwares (LMS). Sure, Google has changed the world we live in today, but that doesn’t mean their LMS is flawless. We’ve heard many complaints recently about the software from parents and teachers. We recently the following email from a parent member of the…

The Vital Role of the First Follower

May 31, 2017

We have found there is a common trend with our teachers… they feel stuck. Stuck within the constraints of what the education world expects from them, while trying to balance teaching their students what they need to know to be successful in the real world. Don’t you just want to start a movement for change? That…

Special Education Teachers: What Makes You Sing Like Taylor Swift?

April 26, 2017

Dear Special Education Teachers, why do you do it? You have to deal with loads of paperwork, angry parents, impossible state standards, and flack from administrators. Doesn’t it feel like you’re constantly swimming upstream? Teaching has become a job, not a passion. Schools are not a warm and fuzzy place anymore. The focus has changed…

ASCD: Join the SOAR Team in Anaheim, CA!

March 20, 2017

Any chance you’ll be in Anaheim, CA at the ASCD Empower17 Conference, March 25-27?  We’ll be there and we’d love to meet you in person! You can find us at booth #1567.  Just look for the giant “StudySkills.com” banner. Also, join us at Disney’s California Adventure Park on Sunday night for the World of Color…

Importance of Practice & Feedback in Education

May 9, 2016

When you were a child, how did you learn how to ride a bike? Did your dad or mom (or whomever taught you) sit you down, grab a piece of paper and write down the steps of what you should do? Did they draw a diagram with equations of how fast to move your legs?…

The One Piece Needed to Complete the ESSA Puzzle

February 1, 2016

As of December 2015, education is changing again. The United States has passed the bipartisan, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in hopes of it improving education. The White House sums up this bill by saying, “The bill rejects the overuse of standardized test and one-size-fits-all mandates on our schools, ensures that our education system will…

GIFTs Learning Style Model

December 17, 2015

***The following information is provided to you exclusively by a guest contributor and is not the expressed views, opinions, and/or content of SOAR Learning, Inc.***   Each of us bring natural GIFT (s) for how we approach life, how we are organized, how we take in information, how we make decisions & how we structure…

What Students and Employers Both Need

March 17, 2015

Kevin and I are both college seniors at Michigan State University. Every year there are two giant career fairs, with over 200 companies. The crazy part is, every year the companies are the same. Year after year, big companies such as Ford, Chrysler, BP, and PepsiCo come to MSU—and every other university— hiring hundreds of…

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