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Deep Dive: Get it Down Notes

You can check out an overview of the two steps note-taking process here.  This post is a deeper dive into what lecture notes are and why they are valuable. First, I call them “get it down notes” because that is the main goal of taking notes in class.  The main goal of these notes is to “get down” the main points of the lecture.  This allows us to add context to the material that we need to master for class,…

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Review: My Class Tracker – College

Do you need a planner for college? My Class Tracker has introduced a College version of their student planner. The college version reflects the unique needs of college students.  The College version of My Class Tracker can help students plan ahead, manage their time, increase their study skills, prevent procrastination, and help them achieve their goals.   Like 0

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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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The Secret of Getting Things Done

I often hear my students repeat a pervasive myth about achieving in school. They believe that if they want to get more stuff done, they need to find more motivation. As a result, they often spend a lot of time and effort trying to find such a secret and elusive motivator. However, the secret that productive people know is that you can’t count on motivation, because it is unpredictable and fleeting. I teach my students that the key to getting…

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Planning Productive Summers

Do you wonder what to do over the summer while still having fun? Students and parents often feel burnt out from the school year and as a result, do not take full advantage of the opportunities that summer offers.  Working on a few core skills can help students reduce their stress during school. I suggest that students start with something that interests them, such as art, writing, science, math, reading, or history. After they have picked a topic or project that…

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Homework vs. Studying

What is the difference between studying and homework? We often use “homework” and “studying” interchangeably when they discuss school work. I define homework as the compulsory assignments that are given to students by a teacher. Homework is generally graded or checked in class. I define studying as the strategic work that students choose to do on their own to master material. Studying can often look and feel a lot like traditional homework assignments such as reading, creating flashcards, or taking…

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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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