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Increase Your Grades by Talking to Your Teachers

August 3, 2011

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It’s all about who you know”? Every adult could probably tell you about some opportunity that arose because they knew the right person at the right time. As human beings, relationships influence everything we do! Why do you think golf is such an integrated part of the business world?…

How to Study for a Test

August 3, 2011

I am frequently asked, “How do I study for tests?” This question actually puts the “cart before the horse” because the efficient way to study for tests is to do your homework on time, ask questions in class, and learn information as it is taught, not just memorize the night before. There are easy ways…

Homework: Staying Focused to Get It Done Faster

August 3, 2011

Recently, a SOAR® subscriber asked for tips to help her daughter stay on-task with her homework. Just last night, a student in my Homework Action Group complained of the same problem. “I have a hard time staying focused on homework. It takes me forever to do it!” I remember, as a young student myself, wriggling…

“I Left My Homework at Home!”

August 3, 2011

Have you ever arrived at school and discovered that you left your homework at home…or your lunch money, gym shoes, library books, permission slip for next week’s field trip…? If you think it is annoying forgetting these things, your parents and teachers find it even more frustrating! The good news is that it is fairly…

Homework Focus:
“Is it Multi-Tasking or Distracting?”

August 3, 2011

At a recent education conference I attended, there was a lot of buzz about the “multi-tasking” learner. Essentially, educators are recognizing that today’s students are plugged into their iPods®, surfing the internet, and text-messaging their friends all at the same time. So, there is a new push to educate students in that same “multi-tasking” mode.…

Homework Help:
“I Don’t Have Time for Homework!”

August 3, 2011

As a classroom teacher, I used to hear excuses from a few students every morning about why they did not have their homework. Most of them had to do with extra-curricular commitments: “I couldn’t do my homework last night because I had a baseball game.” Or, “I had to go to my brother’s basketball game.”…

Student Confidence:
“So You Think You’re Stupid? Maybe You Are.”

August 3, 2011

I recently received an email from a parent who is desperately frustrated over the struggles her middle-school son is facing. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and bi-polar disorder. School and everyday life, she says, is a real struggle; he loses everything and forgets everything. Like every other student I have met with these same…

Fighting Procrastination Over the Holidays

August 3, 2011

The winter break is before us and, speaking for myself, procrastination is setting in. Case in point…I REALLY did not want to sit down and write this article for December. I came up with all kinds of excuses by thinking things like, “I have too many other things to do that are much more pressing.”…

School Frustration and Anxiety

August 3, 2011

School Frustration and Anxiety: if you’ve ever felt totally lost and hopeless in school, there are some things you can you do to flip that feeling around… Feeling Like I’m Back in 4th Grade, Learning Long Division I recently had an experience (in fact, I’m still floundering my way through it) that took me right back…

Study Skills Are Boring! Or, Are They?

August 3, 2011

“Study skills are boring!” That is what most students tell me when I first meet them. Boring!? These are skills that can help them get better grades and spend less time on homework…how can they be boring? Honestly, there is a good explanation for the bad rap that study skills have developed over the years…

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