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The Power of Gratitude, in School and at Home

September 3, 2013

I was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis at age 19. The summer before my third year of college, I became extraordinarily sick. Somehow I limped through my first semester until I could return home for the holidays. But that Christmas was a disappointment. I couldn’t keep up with our traditional all-night euchre games with…

“I’m Not Stupid… So, What Is My Problem?!” College Student Shares How He Turned Struggles into Straight A’s with Study Skills

August 12, 2013

As you may recall, back in January, I wrote about my 20 year-old cousin, Kevin. He moved in with us from North Carolina to do an internship with SOAR®. (See the story here.) I made a prediction that within one year, Kevin would be earning straight-As in school. Turns out, I was wrong. It only…

How to Manage Your Time With a Planner

July 31, 2013

Why Do Traditional Planners Fail? Many schools provide planners for their students, but never teach them how to use them. They just assume that the students will figure it out. As a result, many students end up carrying the planner around and only use it for the bathroom pass section that is often included in…

How do I study for my MATH test?!

July 22, 2013

It’s an aged old question, back to the days of the single-roomed school house… How do I study for a math test? However, if this is the question you are asking, then you’re asking the wrong one! You should be asking “WHEN do I study for my math test?” Many subjects like history and science…

Why Organization Is Such a Challenge for Students

July 1, 2013

Do any of these situations sound familiar…? Rhonda’s teacher passed out homework to each student as they walked out of class this morning. Rhonda had a full stack of books in her arms and her bag was over her shoulder. Her teacher placed the paper on top of her books as she raced off to…

45 Minutes of Study Skills Transforms This College Student’s Life!

May 21, 2013

Can you completely transform your abilities as a student in only 45 minutes? Keep reading to learn about one college student’s experience. Last week, our new intern, Jessie, shared vivid details about the struggles she faced transitioning into college. (See part 1 here.) Jessie graduated high school with a 3.7 GPA, but college was a…

High School Honors Students Falter in College

May 14, 2013

The following story is real. It may alarm you. It’s about one high school HONOR student who got to college… and floundered! The truth is, she’s not alone. 2/3rds of high school honors students have the same problem.* I am thrilled to introduce our summer intern, Jessie. Jessie just completed her sophomore year of college.…

Tips for Taking Notes in Class

April 29, 2013

Note-taking may be the quintessential study skill. Even people without a real concept of “study skills” know that students are supposed to take notes. Teachers like to say, “If I’m talking, you should be writing.” But how many students listen? Students struggle with note-taking because they are overwhelmed by the content covered in class. They…

Study Tips from Eight International Competitors

April 23, 2013

First, I must express my sincere regard for the people of Boston, especially all who have been directly impacted by last week’s events. My heart and prayers have been with all of those who were injured and the four souls who were lost. With that said, the footage from the people of Boston on Friday…

More Ways to Take Notes & Study Vocabulary Words

March 25, 2013

Through our SOAR® Study Skills book we describe a simple and efficient system for taking notes in class and studying those notes outside of class. There are, however, some additional note-taking formats, such as concept webs (great for learning science or social studies vocabulary) and graphic organizers. Below you will find a description of concept…

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