Study Skills

The Truth About Improving a Low Grade

The Truth About Improving a Low Grade

It happened every year without fail – the week before school ended, a student came to me. “Ms. P – my grade is real bad. What can I do to improve my low grade?” One week before school ended.   My response usually went some thing […]

The BEST Way to Make and Use Flashcards

The BEST Way to Make and Use Flashcards

Imagine that it’s crunch time. Kids are in the thick of AP and IB exams with finals just around the corner. The stress level in the school and at home building is rising. Out goes free time and in comes study sessions and flashcards.   […]

How to Complete Your Summer Assignment at the Last Minute

How to Complete Your Summer Assignment at the Last Minute

It’s a few days before school begins. And you suddenly remember that summer assignment is due oh-so-soon. Yikes!   You meant to start it right after school ended, but you wanted some time to relax. You even read that blog post about planning your summer […]

6 Habits of Successful Students – Become a Better Student!

6 Habits of Successful Students – Become a Better Student!

There is a creek near my house that ducks and geese love. (I love the ducks – the geese not so much.) In just a few weeks, their eggs will hatch and fuzzy ducklings will be everywhere. I love to watch the mama ducks and […]

Summer Slide Activities for Teens: Tips and Blog Round-Up

Summer Slide Activities for Teens: Tips and Blog Round-Up

Like all good memories of summers past, mine are a bit hazy. However, I can recall  spending a lot of time with the bajillion kids in my neighborhood, running through the trees, and playing on the playground.   What also happens in the summer for […]

How to Take Notes from a Textbook the Right Way

How to Take Notes from a Textbook the Right Way

“Ms. P, I didn’t do well on the quiz. I read the book, but didn’t remember stuff from the reading.” “Did you take notes on the reading?” “Nope.” “How come?” “Um, well, I not really sure how to take notes from the textbook. When I […]

SMART Strategies to Jumpstart Your Motivation

SMART Strategies to Jumpstart Your Motivation

It’s Sunday afternoon. You have a big test tomorrow and you’re worried about your grade in the class. You don’t want to disappoint your parents, either. But. But. You just can’t get out of your chair and get your school books. It’s so much easier […]

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 […]

How to Attack Tests Using PIRATES (a test-taking strategy)

How to Attack Tests Using PIRATES (a test-taking strategy)

It was down to the wire. The multiple-choice section of the AP US History exam was almost over and I had a few questions left. I was stumped. Did these events even happen in US History? Were these questions a joke?? Was the College Board […]