Will This Study Strategy Boost My Test Grade?

Will This Study Strategy Boost My Test Grade?

“So, that sounds interesting. Do you think that study strategy will work for me? Will it help me do better on my next test?” I’d just spent 5 minutes explaining a study strategy to a new tutoring client. Understandably, he got down to brass tacks 

30 Positive Affirmations to Build Self-Esteem in Teens

30 Positive Affirmations to Build Self-Esteem in Teens

“I always fail tests. I just don’t test well, so there is no point in studying.” Keisha was sure that she was a bad test-taker. Therefore, she didn’t need to study. She could spend all that time studying and nothing would come of it.  That 

The Best Home Edit Tips to Organize Your Study Space

The Best Home Edit Tips to Organize Your Study Space

Y’all, I love an organizing show. I Marie Kondo’d the heck out of my house in 2019. So, when Netflix debuted The Home Edit in 2020, I was all in. I spent half of the quarantine wondering when I will feel comfortable again to tackle 

4 Ways to Overcome the Dreaded Winter Blues

4 Ways to Overcome the Dreaded Winter Blues

This time of year can be so hard for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. We *know* that spring is coming, but it’s not here yet. It’s been months of cold and darkness. And since I’m writing this in 2021, we’ve been stuck at 

Morning Lark or Night Owl? Why It’s Important to Know

Morning Lark or Night Owl? Why It’s Important to Know

Some of us are morning larks and some are night owls. I am most definitely a morning person. If I had a lot of studying to do in college, I went to bed at my usual time and woke up a few hours early (in 

Why Exercise is So Important For Learning

Why Exercise is So Important For Learning

I was trying to work. But I was tired and foggy. I had no motivation, except to lay down in my bed. But I had so much work to complete. I was on a schedule, dang it! Unfortunately, I had gotten to a point where 

4 Reasons I Love My Rocketbook Notebook

4 Reasons I Love My Rocketbook Notebook

My student Mike had a problem. He had taken lots of notes for an exam on his computer and meticulously organized them in Evernote. But he needed to switch to taking notes by hand. (Why? It’s way more effective for learning!) How could he use 

Why You Need to Create an Afternoon Routine

Why You Need to Create an Afternoon Routine

“How much time do you have in the afternoon and evenings to complete work,” I asked Chris. He was struggling in most of his classes and I was trying to figure out why. “Oh, lots of time. I don’t really do anything after I get 

How to Use the Parent Portal the Right Way

How to Use the Parent Portal the Right Way

It’s Friday afternoon and you get an email from the parent portal. Your child has a low grade in English. Ugh. So you open the portal to check all her grades. And lose your dang mind. To get her back on track, you’re now checking 

3 Reasons You Need to Use Digital Tutoring Notebooks

3 Reasons You Need to Use Digital Tutoring Notebooks

Working with my tutoring student Lyssa was a practice in patience. For me. I gave her a folder to keep all her tutoring handouts and notes. I think I saw it every once in a while, holding papers for her school classes. Sometimes I would