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Impact of a Zero

April 21, 2019

Have you ever thought about the impact of a zero? Probably not. Well, this week Brian put together a video to explain how one or two missing assignments can have a devastating impact on your grade. If you’ve never thought about the impact that a zero can have, you need to watch this video! JS…

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

April 5, 2019

Previously, 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 took three months! Today, Kevin shares…

New Year. New Semester. New Homework Solutions.

December 12, 2017

The start of a new year means it’s the perfect time for a new outlook on homework: homework systems! As a parent or a teacher, you know just how much of an energy drain (to put it lightly) homework can be for your students (and you)! Let’s start from the top. The first question you…

How to Prepare for an Exam with Your Eyes Closed!

October 10, 2014

What if you could accomplish the toughest challenges in life by simply closing your eyes and using your imagination? Well, you can. October 28, 1992 was supposed to be the final day of my high school soccer career. It was my senior year at Athens High. We were scheduled to play the undefeated cross-town rival,…

Your Super Power Makes You Better Than 95% of People! Show It on Your Resume!

October 3, 2014

This year, 3.8 million college graduates will compete for a limited number of jobs. 8.5% of them will be unemployed, and another 44% will be underemployed (working in jobs that don’t require the degree they earned). I happen to be one of those 3.8 million students looking for a job, but I am armed with…

Building a Positive Relationship with Your Teacher Could Impact Your Grade

September 19, 2014

As a teacher, I always set high expectations for my students. I was firm on deadlines and adhered to expectations I built from Day 1. Then, I met Jackie. Jackie was a smart, cheery, liked-by-everyone sort of student. Every day that she entered the classroom, she greeted me with a “Hi, Mr. Willer, how are…

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.…

6th-Grade Boy Describes the Impact of Study Skills

January 7, 2014

Happy post-holiday season! Or, for those of us in the midwest and northeast, it’s the holiday season that won’t end! Schools have been called off in our town, just north of Detroit, for six consecutive days due to weather. But, I want to share something that stretches a-l-l-l-l-l-l the way back to the eve of…

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…

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