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How a Simple Studying Technique Led to the Only 100% Test Grade Out of 250 Students

June 16, 2019

Preparing for an exam where the average score is 65% had me a little concerned. I usually got good grades, but had never been particularly good at taking exams. And the fact that my extremely smart roommate‘s grade was only a 45% last term, really gave me anxiety. Checking my teacher’s reviews online was not helpful…

How Students Should Set Goals

January 14, 2018

There are three steps to setting goals: deciding, believing, and focusing. Decide. Will you decide to sit down with your class and set goals together? Will you decide to get a pen and a piece of paper and dream? If you don’t decide to fit it in your schedule, think of the repercussions. Think of that…

Study Skills: The Missing Link

August 29, 2016

College is hard. I will be going into my third year at a university and I can honestly say these past two years have kicked my butt! Many of my friends called me a “nerd” in high school because I really cared about my grades and wanted to do well! The teasing was worth it…

Writing vs Thinking Your Goals … Which Makes You More Successful?

March 18, 2015

How can you guarantee your students will be more successful than their peers? How can you guarantee this with a 10-minute activity? The answer is simple. You can start this year off right by doing one simple activity. Writing down goals. Yes, the old fashioned way. Get out a pen and a piece of paper…

The Simplest Approach to Learning Study Skills

March 17, 2015

In medicine, doctors will prescribe the minimum effective dose. Meaning, you want to cure the illness but minimize the side effects. Learning is no different. When learning new materials, we want to use the strategies that are most effective, with the least amount of side effects, (time, energy, stress/anxiety). Graphic organizers can be good tools…

Working in Pairs; the Most Powerful Productivity Tool Ever!

March 17, 2015

I shared before that I hit a patch of serious “burn-out” last summer. Writing became paralyzing; it was a miserable process. As a result, Brian (president of SOAR® and my husband) began to write the weekly newsletter. Soon, Jessie, our summer intern, jumped in to help him. They did a great job, but they too,…

What Students and Employers Both Need

March 17, 2015

Kevin and I are both college seniors at Michigan State University. Every year there are two giant career fairs, with over 200 companies. The crazy part is, every year the companies are the same. Year after year, big companies such as Ford, Chrysler, BP, and PepsiCo come to MSU—and every other university— hiring hundreds of…

Educators: “We Are All from Detroit”

March 16, 2014

I was born and raised in Detroit. I’ve long been used to the negative impressions about my hometown when I travel. But last summer, the reaction went visceral. Two weeks after Detroit filed for bankruptcy, I was at a conference on the East Coast. Naturally, I was asked the standard opening question, “Where are you…

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…

The Cost of NOT Teaching Study Skills

October 4, 2011

As school budgets are rapidly shrinking, administrators have to carefully consider how to allocate their budget; they need to get the most “bang for their buck.” Managing a school budget is an art form involving hundreds of decisions and balancing dozens of demands. “How Can We Make the Greatest Impact?” This question is usually the…

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