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22 Year-Old Tutor… With a Waiting List

May 29, 2012

When I was 22, fresh out of college, and beginning my first year of teaching, I moonlighted as a tutor. I had so many tutoring clients, I had a waiting list! How did I manage that? For one reason and one reason only. I was a study skills tutor. Not just a tutor…a Study-Skills-Tutor. It…

“I Teach Study Skills and Won a Teaching Award!!”

April 23, 2012

The title of this post greeted us in our email inbox on Friday. Elisa Collins, a middle school teacher in Cape Coral, FL, wrote us with exciting news! She went on to say: “…and Karl Fisch contacted me and congratulated me!! I have used the SOAR® curriculum for 3 years now and it has made…

Today Is My Redemption Day!

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 One year ago today, I was called in to meet with my son’s principal… and accused of “Educational Neglect!” In the eyes of the court, “Educational Neglect” is full-fledged child abuse. How on earth could this happen to me? You may know bits and pieces of this story from the past year.…

Brain Biology = Hope for Reading Disabilities – Part I

January 17, 2012

Last weekend, I was visiting a ski area in northern Michigan for a few days and met Cori. She was working the front desk and checked me in as I arrived. We were chatting as the paperwork was processing and Cori asked what I do for a living. I told her about my work with…

The Learning Circuit™

January 2, 2012

“Study skills” are a specific group of skills that help students learn and manage school more efficiently. For most students, this will be the first time they have ever discovered that STRATEGY can apply to learning. They are used to using strategies in sports and video games…even to “manipulate” their parents and teachers when they…

How Do Study Skills Improve Standardized Test Scores?

November 8, 2011

Educators are under enormous pressure to have students perform well on standardized tests. Since standardized tests assess students’ mastery of state benchmarks, it is well known that the best way to improve scores is to provide clear instruction of those benchmarks. As a result, teachers and administrators are spending vast amounts of time “mapping” their…

Can Phonics Improve Student Motivation? Tips for 6-12 Interventions

November 2, 2011

Two-thirds of students entering high school are not proficient readers! This is a crisis, but there is a simple piece of the puzzle to fix this problem. It would dramatically improve student performance! However, most of us don’t know anything about it. The problem is that we do not teach a COMPLETE set of English…

Is There a Link Between Study Skills and Motivation?

October 18, 2011

Last week, a friend was telling me about her work with a community initiative to help “at-risk” youth get better grades in school. Before I could stop myself, I blurted out, “Oooh…they need study skills!” She responded, “Well, we are focusing more on motivation,” and quickly continued with her story. I shouldn’t have interrupted her…

Negative Attitudes from Parents and Teachers

October 4, 2011

Last week, I shared suggestions to improve students’ attitudes towards study skills. But, students are not the only ones with poor attitudes. I recently received an email from Jean*. Jean is a teacher who is battling a few roadblocks while teaching study skills during her “Study Skills” class. Yes, that is right. Jean is responsible…

The Cost of NOT Teaching Study Skills

October 4, 2011

As school budgets are rapidly shrinking, administrators have to carefully consider how to allocate their budget; they need to get the most “bang for their buck.” Managing a school budget is an art form involving hundreds of decisions and balancing dozens of demands. “How Can We Make the Greatest Impact?” This question is usually the…

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