Tag: study tips

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 […]

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. […]