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How to Master the Study Cycle and Improve Your Learning

How to Master the Study Cycle and Improve Your Learning

“Ms. P, if a teacher is good enough, their students will just learn. The teacher will teach and the students will just remember it all. Kids won’t have to write anything down or study or anything.” I will never forget the (misguided) young man who […]

Why You Need to Take Academic Risks

Why You Need to Take Academic Risks

“What play did President Lincoln go see the night he was assassinated?” my 11th grade English teacher asked the class. “Our American Cousin,” this history nerd muttered. But apparently loud enough for the boy in front of me to hear. When the teacher announced it […]

Sure Fire Tips for Better Communication with Teachers

Sure Fire Tips for Better Communication with Teachers

When I taught, I used to check my e-mail on the weekends. But over time, I started getting more e-mails from parents that would ruin my entire weekend. So, I stopped checking my e-mail on the weekends. It wasn’t convenient for my students, but it […]

What Hermione Taught Me About Being a Successful Student

What Hermione Taught Me About Being a Successful Student

I’ve said this before and I will say this again – Hermione Granger is my spirit animal. I was an . . . intense student in high school and college: focused, a planner, and goal-oriented. When I read the Harry Potter books, I definitely saw […]

How to Actually Complete Your Long-Term Project

How to Actually Complete Your Long-Term Project

Every year I was in college, William & Mary  (Go Tribe!) gave us students a giant desk calendar. “Thanks for all the tuition money. Here is a calendar worth $2.54.” For most people, it went on their desk and was promptly forgotten. However, I didn’t […]

Why You Need to Set Tutoring Goals

Why You Need to Set Tutoring Goals

So, I hate to run. Hate it. But a while back I had friends who loved to run together. So, I decided to start running, too. Peer pressure, yo. via GIPHY But I knew that I couldn’t just start running (literally out my door) without […]

How to Take Faster (and Way Better) Notes

How to Take Faster (and Way Better) Notes

“So, moving onto the next topic . . .” “Wait, Ms P! I’m still writing down what you said a minute ago. Can you go back for me?” I heard this a lot, usually from the same kids over and over again. Some students really […]

Homework Battles: How to end them for good!

Homework Battles: How to end them for good!

“How can I get Jake to do his homework?” If I had a dollar for every time a parent asked me this question during my teaching career, I wouldn’t be working anymore. No joke. Homework battles were the biggest problems facing most of my parents. […]

5 Ways to Make Your Teen’s Back-to-School Awesome

5 Ways to Make Your Teen’s Back-to-School Awesome

An e-mail arrived from my mom titled “Your Last First Day of School.” It was my senior year of college and I about to head off to the first day of classes. But I would leave a few minutes late and wiping my eyes. My […]

How to Build a Better Study Space at Ikea

How to Build a Better Study Space at Ikea

When I first got my own place, I had no money. (Spoiler alert: New teachers don’t make much money.) Consequently, much of my furniture came second-hand or from Ikea. One of the reasons I love Ikea, other than price, is its size. I lived in […]