Study Skills

How to Create an Effective Study Group

How to Create an Effective Study Group

Did you ever watch the show Community? It’s about a group of lovably weird community college students who join a study group that changes their lives. That’s right – they create the group to study for Spanish class, but end up staying together, becoming the […]

What People Get Wrong About Studying: 5 Myths Busted!

What People Get Wrong About Studying: 5 Myths Busted!

According to Hollywood, you need the following to study: Big books, and lots of them A notebook, in which you take feverish notes and every once in a while rip out pages, ball them up, and throw them on the floor Highlighters, for feverish highlighting […]

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Doesn’t Know How to Study

3 Reasons Why Your Teen Doesn’t Know How to Study

“Um, Ms. Porzel, why haven’t we ever learned how to do this before?” my student asked while we were setting up their planners for the semester. I was teaching a small studies skills class to 9th graders. The course was focused on organization, study strategies, […]

The Most Important Skill NOT Taught in School

The Most Important Skill NOT Taught in School

“So, based on your daughter’s participation in class, she understands the concepts. However, that isn’t coming across in tests. How does she prepare for tests?” I asked nervously. (Teachers get just as nervous at parent conferences as parents!) “Studying doesn’t work for her,” her mom […]

Learn how to Improve your Study Skills

Learn how to Improve your Study Skills

If asked to pick a fictional character that most closely describes me in high school, it’s Hermione Granger, hands down. That girl and I are way too similar. Super organized, high strung about school, and bit too judgmental. (I’ve calmed down since high school.) Like […]

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

This post contains affiliate links. If you click on the link and buy an item, I earn a small commission. This doesn’t cost you a penny. As always, I only recommend products or services I use and love. Thanks for your support!   During December, […]

Study Groups: Pros and Cons of Studying with Others

Study Groups: Pros and Cons of Studying with Others

I am not a joiner. Of study groups that is. I have been in 1 study group in my entire academic career. That’s about 21 years, BTW. (This lady loves school.) I usually preferred to study alone. Except when I didn’t. I was taking a […]

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 […]