Study Skills

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 […]

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 […]

Learn how to Improve Your Study Skills Today

Learn how to Improve Your Study Skills Today

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.)   […]

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

How to Study Effectively during the Holidays

During December, I am a baking whirling dervish. I bake hundreds of cookies to hand out to family, friends, coworkers, and students. My freezer (and tummy are full.) However, in December of 2010, I was swamped. I was teaching full-time and attending graduate school part-time. […]

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 […]

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 is rising. Out goes free time and in comes study sessions and flashcards.   Yep, […]

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 […]

6 Habits of Successful Students – Become a Better Student!

6 Habits of Successful Students – Become a Better Student!

There is a creek near my house that ducks and geese love. (I love the ducks – the geese not so much.) In just a few weeks, their eggs will hatch and fuzzy ducklings will be everywhere. I love to watch the mama ducks and […]

Summer Slide Activities for Teens: Tips and Blog Round-Up

Summer Slide Activities for Teens: Tips and Blog Round-Up

Like all good memories of summers past, mine are a bit hazy. However, I can recall spending a lot of time with the bajillion kids in my neighborhood, running through the trees, and playing on the playground.   What also happens in the summer for […]