Tag: study tips

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 […]

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 […]

What Hermione Taught Me About Being a Successful Student

What Hermione Taught Me About Being a Successful Student

I’ve said this before and I will say this again – Hermione Granger is my spirit animal. I was an . . . intense student in high school and college: focused, a planner, and goal-oriented. When I read the Harry Potter books, I definitely saw […]

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 […]

How to Stay Focused with the Pomodoro Technique

How to Stay Focused with the Pomodoro Technique

You know you have to study. There is an essay due tomorrow and a test on Friday. But when you sit down, your attention starts to . . . wander. You think about the test when working on the essay. And then you think about […]

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.) Like […]

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. […]

How to Take Notes Like a Pro: Upgrade Your Skills

How to Take Notes Like a Pro: Upgrade Your Skills

It was the last class on a Friday afternoon. It was hot in the classroom and smelled like freshmen boy. You know, sweat with a layer of Axe body spray over it? Let the whining begin. “Why do we have to write this down? It […]