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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…

Your Superpower + Study Skills

March 11, 2013

Very few people are “naturally” good at all of the tasks required to be successful in school. In fact, statistics say that only 5% of people will naturally have what it takes to excel in school.* Yet, students must get through school.  And, adults must work to make a living. We should all be working…

From Failing to 4.0

February 29, 2012

I struggled in school. From kindergarten thru 12th grade, I struggled to earn mediocre grades. I would study for hours…then fail a test. Over time, I had no motivation to study. “Why should I bother?” I wondered. As I entered college, I knew something would have to change. Based on my track-record, I would never…

“Smart Phones” vs Planners

February 15, 2012

Marcia, a teacher from Wisconsin using the SOAR® curriculum, recently asked us: I was wondering if you have any suggestions for a student who wants to use an e-planner, rather than a paper one? First, I believe that the only way an “e-planner” will be helpful for a student is if it is on a…

One Small Step for SOAR®, One Giant Leap for Study Skills

January 9, 2012

It represents countless hours of dedication and energy from the people on our crew who share my passion for study skills and the horizons they can open for students. Drum roll, please… I am thrilled to announce our new, easy to find, home on the web… www.StudySkills.com! Today’s celebration is not just about our new…

Can You RESOLVE Your Way to Better Grades?

January 3, 2012

There is nothing like the holidays to take a break and evaluate your life. Any time we step away from our routines, we begin to see things more objectively. With this perspective, it is natural to desire change. No wonder we make resolutions! But, Do Resolutions Actually Work? A local newspaper posted the ten most…

When Study Skills Cause Misery

November 29, 2011

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! For me, the holiday lived up to its name and was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all of the blessings in my life. We hosted 30 people for the holiday, but I didn’t cook a thing! My husband’s parents graciously took control of the turkey and mashed…

Study Tips from Eight International Competitors

August 3, 2011

Greetings from DECA’s International Career Development Conference! If you are not aware, DECA is a student marketing association with 185,000 members in eight different countries. My husband and his co-worker (Brian and “Ms. D”) are advisers of their school’s DECA chapter. Brian and Ms. D have worked hard over the last few years to grow…

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