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Why You Need to Volunteer at Your Teen’s School

Why You Need to Volunteer at Your Teen’s School

Recently, my neighbor said she’s become the “Room Mom” for her 1st grader’s classroom. As she talked about all the ways she was helping the teacher I thought, “Why don’t they have this at the high school level? I would have killed for this.” But…

6 Ways to Beat Procrastination for Good

6 Ways to Beat Procrastination for Good

How do I know that I am procrastinating? I start cleaning. Yep, when I want to avoid doing something – making a difficult phone call, writing a blog post, sending an e-mail – I suddenly want to clean my entire house. Believe me, that is…

How to Actually Use Your Academic Planner

How to Actually Use Your Academic Planner

Readers of a certain age will remember Clippy. He was an animated paper clip that popped up in Microsoft Word. He gave you tips based on what he thought you were trying to do in the program. Along with basically the rest of the world,…

Busting the Top 4 Myths About Online Tutoring

Busting the Top 4 Myths About Online Tutoring

When I started tutoring in 2016, I signed up to tutor for an online company. I’d always taught in the classroom and wasn’t sure how online tutoring would work. How do I show my students maps or charts? Can I still build a relationship with…

2020 State of the Union Bingo Cards FTW

2020 State of the Union Bingo Cards FTW

It’s that time of year again! That’s right – President Trump will give the 2020 State of the Union Speech on Tuesday, February 4. What to expect A lot of clapping Some signature phrases Horn tooting Political drama But this year’s speech is happening at…

How to Set Up Your Academic Planner For Success

How to Set Up Your Academic Planner For Success

Picture the first day of high school. Kids walk nervously from class to class and look for friends. In homeroom, teachers hand out the mountain of school forms and the school’s academic planner. At most, the teacher might say, “Keep your planner with you and…

The Best Academic Advice I Ever Received

The Best Academic Advice I Ever Received

The best academic advice I’ve ever received didn’t come from an internet guru, a guidance counselor, or a professor. It came from my voice instructor. A while back, I sang at a friend’s wedding. I’ve always sung in choirs, but this was the first time…

The True Purpose of an Academic Planner

The True Purpose of an Academic Planner

One of my most cringe-worthy actions as a teenager included a planner. Long story short, I sent a guy a cassette tape  (that’s an audio recording, for you youngsters) in which I advised him to use an academic planner. That is the kind of wild…

How To Prioritize Your Tasks And Time

How To Prioritize Your Tasks And Time

My least favorite period of my life was when I was working full-time and attending school part-time. It sucked. I had so much to do, so many things I wanted to do, but not nearly enough time to do it all. But, I got a…

Top 10 Posts of 2019: Organization, Study Skills & Teens

Top 10 Posts of 2019: Organization, Study Skills & Teens

It’s hard to believe that 2019 is about to end. Cliched but true, time flies the older you get. Also cliche, a top posts of 2019 list. I follow a lot of bloggers and love their best-of lists. It reminds me about their best posts…