Study Skills

How To Be Productive When You Just Don’t Want To

How To Be Productive When You Just Don’t Want To

I’m not going to lie – I don’t want to write this blog post. I’m tired, cranky, and think I’m coming down with something. I’ve managed to distract myself with lots of other tasks. So, I’m being productive, but not on the task that I […]

6 Awesome Activities for Your Study Group

6 Awesome Activities for Your Study Group

When my husband and I brought our first daughter home from the hospital, we just stared at each other and thought, “Well, what do we do now?” Does she need to eat? Should we take a nap? (The answer to that is always yes.) What […]

5 Ways to Prepare for the BIG Exam

5 Ways to Prepare for the BIG Exam

When I started teaching AP U.S. Government & Politics, I placed a countdown on my board that read “_____ weeks until the AP Exam.” Each week, I changed a sticky note with the number of weeks on it. Most of the year, the kids completely […]

How to Stay Super Focused While Studying

How to Stay Super Focused While Studying

When I was in college, I wanted to try studying in places other than my dorm room. So, I checked out the library, the field on a sunny day, a coffee shop. You know what I discovered? I couldn’t stay focused in any of those […]

Why Retrieval Practice Will Help You Learn More

Why Retrieval Practice Will Help You Learn More

What is the name of that actor? You know the one. He was in The Hangover, loves the Eagles, he’s blondish, and he can sing. What.is.his.name? Ever had a moment like this one while I struggled to remember Bradley Cooper’s name? I can guarantee that […]

How to Be Productive Over Winter Break

How to Be Productive Over Winter Break

As both a student and teacher, I looked forward to Winter Break. (Probably even more as a teacher.) I always had big plans for the break. But somehow, most of that stuff just didn’t get done. Instead, I usually bonded with my couch. It’s sooo […]

Study Guide to the Rescue: How to Create Your Own

Study Guide to the Rescue: How to Create Your Own

“Will you give us a study guide?” If I had a dollar for every time a student asked me this question, I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. I would be relaxing in my lounge chair on a tropical island somewhere. Seriously, I was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

Why Everyone Should Reflect at the End of the School Year

My first year of teaching was exhausting. Literally and figuratively. There were multiple times when I took a nap Friday afternoon and woke up the next morning. But I survived my first year and was proud of what I had done. Yet, when I started […]