Organization

Beat the End of the School Year Blahs

Beat the End of the School Year Blahs

School is almost over; summer is so close you can feel the sun on your skin and taste the ice cream on your tongue. Except, you have 2 projects, 3 chapters in your English book to read, and 4 tests to study for. Facing your […]

Must Have Learning Apps for Teens

Must Have Learning Apps for Teens

What did you use your smartphone for today? I listened to music, looked up 2 recipes, took a video of my daughter, checked my social media accounts, answered a few e-mails, got driving directions, and read the latest news.   No wonder my student asked […]

3 Note Taking Styles for Students – Improve your notes today

3 Note Taking Styles for Students – Improve your notes today

In a recent post, I discussed strategies for taking effective notes. Notes play a few different purposes. One is the obvious: to record new information. Most students stop after this and never think about the second purpose: use your notes to study for review. For […]

How to Take Notes Like a Pro: Upgrade Your Skills

How to Take Notes Like a Pro: Upgrade Your Skills

It was the last class on a Friday afternoon. It was hot in the classroom and smelled like freshmen boy. You know, sweat with a layer of Axe body spray over it? Let the whining begin. “Why do we have to write this down? It […]

Student’s Guide to Organizing Digital Files

Student’s Guide to Organizing Digital Files

“Hey Jake – I can’t find that file you said you shared with me. Just e-mail it to me, OK?” I asked. “Um, I will try.” “You don’t sound so confident. Why?” “Well, I’m not sure I can find the file again. It’s somewhere in […]

Completely Change Your Studying with a Study Plan + FREE Study Plan worksheet

Completely Change Your Studying with a Study Plan + FREE Study Plan worksheet

Paul* slinked into my classroom. “Hey, Ms. P – can we talk about the last test? I did really bad on it. What can I do better next time?” “Let’s talk about how you prepared for this test. Did you study?” “Yep.” “What did you […]

Create an Effective Study Space Quickly and Inexpensively

Create an Effective Study Space Quickly and Inexpensively

If you follow me on Instagram (and you should), you’ve seen my less-than-glamorous work space. I am currently typing this on a folded kitchen table that has served as my desk for the last 10 years. Fancy, it is not. Heck, it’s barely functional. It […]

10 Day Organized Student Challenge!

10 Day Organized Student Challenge!

Y’all, I am so excited to introduce the 10 Day Organized Student Challenge, starting Monday, April 3! Click here to sign up now! (Just go ahead and do it!) Your teacher asks for the homework. You did it, but don’t know where it is. You have […]

5 Steps to an Organized Backpack – Improve your bag today

5 Steps to an Organized Backpack – Improve your bag today

“Uh, Ms. P, I never received that paper.” “That’s funny, Isaac, because I specifically remember giving it to you last class. And the class before. Let’s check your backpack.” “Good luck,” he replied. Isaac opened his bag and I goggled at the contents. It was a […]

FREE Printable Student Planner Pages

FREE Printable Student Planner Pages

Y’all – I made FREE printable student planner pages for you! I’ve been around a lot of high schoolers over the years and seen them use (or not use) their planners for a variety of reasons. Based on my experiences, my ideal planner would have […]