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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…

May 2016: ADDitude Magazine

May 18, 2016

Susan Kruger wrote this article for ADDitude magazine, “Happy Meals, Happier Kids”.

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…

The Pursuit of Perfection Creates Stress for Students

October 6, 2015

I am typically not one to watch intellectual competitions in my spare time, especially any more intense than Family Feud. However, flipping through the channels, one caught my attention. The show was called Child Genius. I saw young children answering questions about crazy subjects and spelling words that I didn’t even know existed, and I…

2 Questions to Unlock Motivation & Change Mindsets

August 10, 2015

It was my last semester of college. “Senioritis” had fully kicked-in.  I was ready to graduate. It was also the first day of EAD 315, “Student Leadership Training.” Waiting for class to start, I was focused on the friends I was meeting after class. The instructor began. He asked us to move our desks into…

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…

Your Super Power Makes You Better Than 95% of People! Show It on Your Resume!

October 3, 2014

This year, 3.8 million college graduates will compete for a limited number of jobs. 8.5% of them will be unemployed, and another 44% will be underemployed (working in jobs that don’t require the degree they earned). I happen to be one of those 3.8 million students looking for a job, but I am armed with…

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