11 Life Skills All Teens Need to Know

11 Life Skills All Teens Need to Know

“Thank you so much for writing that recommendation for me. Can you help me with this envelope I have to send it in? How do I write an address on it?”   That year (before college apps went digital) I had not one, but TWO, high…

Stuck at Home? Resources for Self Isolation

Stuck at Home? Resources for Self Isolation

This has been one heck of a week, folks. Within one week, our daily lives have been turned upside down. I started homeschooling (homeschooling!) my pre-schooler today.  BTW, that is a phrase that I never thought I would use! I know that many of you…

Learn Anywhere: How to Thrive in Online Classes

Learn Anywhere: How to Thrive in Online Classes

You’ve been hearing about this new coronavirus for a few months now, but suddenly it’s in your country and then your town. People are starting to talk about closing schools. And then you get the announcement. Your school is closed effective immediately and ALL your…

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your School Motivation

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your School Motivation

Have you ever heard of senioritis? Suffered from it yourself? It’s the malady common to seniors in high school and college- they don’t want to work hard anymore since school is almost over. While I had some senioritis my last year of high school, I…

Why Rereading the Textbook is a Waste of Time

Why Rereading the Textbook is a Waste of Time

During my freshman year of college, I saw lots of people study up close for the first time. Living feet away from thirty other 18-year-olds, I could watch as they studied independently and together. And I saw tons of different methods.  My roommate was a…

How to Recover from a Long Absence

How to Recover from a Long Absence

In 10th grade, I spent a very painful night sleeping on my aunt’s recliner. I had broken the smaller bone in my lower leg the night before, but we didn’t know it. Long story short – I was out of school for over a week…

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…