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How a $0.06 Tool Gets Students to Use a Planner

September 5, 2014

Pavlov’s Dog taught us that we pursue activities that provide rewards. This historic experiment is an extremely relevant principle today, especially in education. Students do activities that they can see the value in! People also avoid pain. No one enjoys or does something that directly causes him or her pain or stress. This fact, and…

How Are You Smart?

April 29, 2014

Last week, I wrote about How to Transcend All Barriers to Learning. The 100+ year-old story can be summarized in four basic principles: Provide Structure. Celebrate Originality. Build on Aptitudes. Make it Relevant. Today, in celebration of the release of our 2nd Edition of SOAR®, I am pleased to share an excerpt from the book.…

How to Learn Vocabulary Words

December 2, 2013

We received an e-mail from our client Jean: I’m wondering if you can help with a recurring problem. My son, Daniel, gets 20-25 vocab words every couple of weeks for his Language Arts class. For the test, he has to pull the words out of his head, spell them correctly and write the correct definition.…

How the Planner Saved My Life

October 7, 2013

This article comes to you from my cousin, and SOAR® intern, Kevin. Enjoy! – Susan ——– As I look back on my loooong 21 years of life, I realize one of the defining moments of that time was learning how to manage it. When I think about it, I can look forward to saving years…

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…

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.…

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