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Planners: A Strategic Advantage

As I work with students, I have noticed that the use of planners has started to become less frequent. When I was young planners were the go-to organization tool for students. I think that the shift away from paper planners is a result of more assignments being put online.  Online systems are a great way for students to track their homework, but they have limitations. There is a strategic advantage to using a planner in conjunction with online systems. Planners…

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Finals: Success Story

I wanted to share a fantastic story of a student that I coached through preparing for her high school finals. This was her first experience studying for finals, and she wanted to do well.  However, she was very resistant to the idea of adding new study strategies, because she was convinced that she could do well with her usual methods. We came up with a plan to test her theory. We decided to randomly divide her classes into two categories, my…

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US Congressional Award

Two years ago I listened to a podcast, where they discussed the US Congressional Award. Although the award started in the 1970s, I was unfamiliar with the program. The description peaked my interest, and I decided to research it in more detail. A quick overview: The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all youth regardless of ability, circumstance, or socioeconomic status. It accommodates young people with…

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The Power of Distraction Blockers

Do you ever feel distracted by the internet? Do you ever have every intention of doing your homework but the internet keeps you from getting things done?  The question is how do we get our work done and still have time for fun? There are different parts of the internet that are distracting. That is why there are different types of distraction blockers.  Assessing what is distracting you can help you pick the right solution. Browser extensions System-wide solutions Router-based solutions…

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