How to Improve Your Grades in 4 Weeks

How to Improve Your Grades in 4 Weeks

“Hey, Ms. P. My grades aren’t that great right now. What can I do to improve it?” “Well, the semester ends this week. So at this point, nothing. I wish you’d come to me a month ago because there are so many things you could…

How to Avoid These Common Study Fails

How to Avoid These Common Study Fails

When I joined a gym for the first time, I really wanted to use the weight machines. But, I didn’t know how to use them. And I was too intimidated to ask anyone. “The trainers are working – I don’t want to interrupt them working.…

3 Ways to Pick the Best Study Snacks

3 Ways to Pick the Best Study Snacks

You’ve just gotten home after a long day and you need to get work done. But you’re tired and cranky and hungry. You open the pantry door and try to pick out some study snacks. Hmm, those salty chips or that apple? What do you…

Back-to-School Goals: How They Can Make A Better You

Back-to-School Goals: How They Can Make A Better You

I love to bake and most of the time it ends well. Meaning that I eat a lot of sugar and deliciousness. But sometimes, it doesn’t go so well. One year, my husband asked for a pecan pie for Thanksgiving. I thought I had it…

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…