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Imagine what being a master of your own time would look like. Maybe for you that would mean no more late nights. No tired mornings. Energy, focus, clarity. You jump into each project with a plan of action and you get it done, quickly. You can say yes to your friends and family. You balance work, school, your social and personal life easily. You feel good about your accomplishments as you knock them down one at a time. Procrastination vanishes. Confidence grows. Success is a recipe you can easily follow and it will make you the master over your time. When time owns you, often you’ll find yourself struggling to keep up. Overwhelm, frustration, and disappointment are easily accessed emotions. If you’re not getting “enough” done each day, you’re not in charge of your time, time is in charge of you. This guide will show you proven strategies for taking control of your time, and your life. If you... read more

I've been an educator for nearly 20 years, first as a high school history and language teacher, and now more than ten years as a private tutor and study coach. I have spent thousands of hours, one-on-one, with students in middle school, high school, and college, and I have zeroed in on some simple and concrete strategies for helping them manage their independent studies. As schools begin to close down for extended periods, sometimes moving to remote instruction, a great portion of the responsibility for learning is now in the students' hands. Self-management will be crucial in making these studies effective, and I believe the strategies below will prove useful. So without further ado - How To Succeed In School Without Teachers (Or A School)   Creating a plan that is SPECIFIC is key. Sit down, and on paper or screen answer these questions: WHEN will I do my work? First, sketch out a broad plan for the coming week using Google calendar... read more

Ellen’s Rules For Effective Time Management, Part 3 5. Mix up your subjects. Spending all day working on the same project can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy. Mixing up your subjects helps the brain to stay engaged, since it can’t fall into the trance of working on the same thing for hours. If you’re writing a paper and starting to feel annoyed or frustrated with it, take a break and work on your math for a bit. You’ll sit back down to the computer feeling refreshed and relaxed, even if you haven’t stopped for more than fifteen minutes at a time all day. 6. Make the delineations between subjects clear and firm. When mixing up your subjects, keep them distinct and separate from each other. Take a short break between subjects, or place the rest of your notebooks on the other side of the room so that you’re forced to get up and move around in order to change subjects. Give your brain several minutes to clear and reorganize for the next... read more

When I worked for Kaplan, they required all private tutoring lessons to be two hours. That surprised me because I thought of lessons as one-hour affairs. However, I soon discovered that we could get through a lot more in one two-hour lesson than we could in two one-hour lessons. Why? For starters, each lesson always starts with a few pleasantries and takes a couple of minutes to get going. Furthermore, it usually takes 10-15 minutes for students' minds to warm up and perform at their best. So by the time we are at our best flow, if the lesson is only one hour, we have often already used a significant portion of our lesson time. For the vast majority of students, I've found that 90-minute lessons work best. With 90-minute lessons, we can go through the warm up period and spend more than an hour at our most productive level. Lessons are long enough to ensure students learn a lot each lesson, but not so long that they are struggling to pay attention by the end. Depending... read more

I published this article on my blog and I believe that it will help students, tutors and parents alike so I decided to re-blog here.  Time management is such an important skill! The article published by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension entitled “Thirteen Timely Tips for More Effective Time Management” proved to be very beneficial as well as the Time Management Quiz. They highlight the importance of prioritizing, goal setting and eliminating distractions. I found five time management tools that can help us achieve our goals. StayFocusd – This is a Google Chrome extension that blocks you from going to time-wasting sites. It works like a timer, and asks you to set the maximum time you want to waste on your customized time-killer sites before they’re blocked. This tool would be perfect for parents to use with students who go to school online. It would help them to keep their kids on track and not chatting on twitter or posting photos on Instagram. This tool... read more

I recently read an article titled After-School Activities Make Educational Inequality Even Worse by Hilary Friedman. The article suggested that organized competitive sports, which is typically associated with middle and upper-middle-class kids, helps strengthen life skills through organized competitive activities outside of the school system. This essentially perpetuates class divisions. The article cited learning from loss, time management, and adaptability as skills that youth learn in competitive after-school activities and contribute to their place in socioeconomic hierarchy as adults. I believe Friedman made valid points. Unfortunately, many of them did not apply to my teammates in organized sports during my youth. While in middle school and high school, I played on summer league basketball teams that were majority Black and middle class. Many of my teammates and their parents viewed sports as the ultimate end game. I believe when one adopts this mentality, the game is... read more

Study Skills is quite the buzz word these days in the tutoring world, but what exactly are study skills? I decided to do a little research to see what others are saying about study skills and it turns out there are as many study skills as there are tutors. As I wondered how to choose which ones to write about I decided it boils down to my experience as a student, a teacher, and a tutor. I also recognized that most of the skills we call study skills are also life skills and can be sorted into two big categories; planning for success and taking action. Planning for Success Planning for success encompasses all of the planning skills; get organized, time management, look at the big picture, prioritize, and set goals. These tasks take a little time to set-up at the beginning of each new term or semester. Once they are in place they should only require a few minutes each day to maintain. So let’s take a look at these tasks from the whole (get organized, big picture, and set... read more

I have been using a planner since the beginning of my elementary education. Clearly, in Elementary school it was more of a way for my teacher to update my parents on my assignments, and I couldn't really understand the personal benefits of it yet. In high school, when my work load became more complicated by seven classes, which each had a different teacher, my planner became invaluable to me. It was during high school that I began color-coding my planner, which I have kept up to this day.   I am aware that many schools provide each student with a planner, but unfortunately many students neglect the usefulness of such a thing and they become merely a weight at the bottom of their book bag. If you ask your child/student why they didn't turn in this or that assignment and a common response is "I forgot," then it's time to talk to them about the magic of a planner. We are all human, and as such are subject to lapses in our memory. An organized planner is our tool... read more

As a former camp director (references available), and as a published writer and college English instructor, I can customize a reading and writing group to engage your teen this summer. This will keep them in a safe environment, and they will be learning and practicing their writing and analytical skills for future high school and college success. I will design a custom plan and schedule for your needs. Why not contact another parent and see if their teens would be interested. We can select some appropriate books together, and I will design discussion questions and writing exercises for the workshop meetings. We can decide on public meeting places: libraries, coffee shops, etc. Contact me here through WyzAnt and I will create a special package rate for my services, especially if you introduce additional students that might be interested. There is no obligation to discuss this idea. Please e-mail me if you have questions or to discuss further! -... read more

I want to make it very clear of my cancellation policy to potential students as well as other tutors as I think it is important that all sides are clear on this topic. I take my tutoring of you and/or your children very seriously. Tutoring is like any other appointment and is not something that you do when you feel like it. Your education is important to me as well as it should be to you as well! Keeping to a tutoring schedule is crucial, and as such, it is also considerate to let me know if you want to cancel a session ahead of time. If you have an emergency, then I completely understand. If you decide that you have something else to do or planned your day poorly, then you will be charged accordingly. I have a very full schedule. Rescheduling should only be done in an emergency and if my schedule permits it. Cancellation Policy 24+ hours Notice of Cancellation: No fee 6-24 hours Notice of Cancellation: $25/hour 1-6 hours Notice of Cancellation:... read more

WYZANT WANTS TO KNOW: What are your tips to stay motivated through finals and the end of the school year?   I'd have to say that one of my motivational tips is maintaining two calendars, Make a countdown calendar that only includes the days between today and the absolute last deadline you have, whether it's a final exam or the last day a final paper is due; whatever's latest. Tell yourself that you only have to be strong and focused for these last few days. Everyday cross one day off of the calendar, knowing that you only have to keep pushing through x more days and you're allowed to give out/pass out/what have you on the other side of that last day. Make (or buy) a 24 hour calendar schedule for each of those days. This is the calendar you work with everyday. Now, the thought to have everyday. Write it down. Read it to yourself at the start of each day: "Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think... read more

As a former camp director (references available), and as a published writer and college English instructor, I can customize a reading and writing group to engage your teen. This will keep them in a safe environment, and they will be learning and practicing their writing and analytical skills.   I will design a custom plan and schedule for your needs. Why not contact another parent and see if their teens would be interested. We can select some appropriate books together, and I will design discussion questions and writing exercises for the workshop meetings. We can decide on public meeting places: libraries, coffee shops, etc.   Contact me here through WyzAnt and I will create a special package rate for my services, especially if you introduce additional students that might be interested. There is no obligation to discuss this idea. Please e-mail me if you have questions or to discuss further!     - Tim 

Unless you are traveling in a spaceship and moving close to the speed of light, time passes at the same rate for everyone. The Earth takes approximately 24 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis, which has resulted in a day being 24 hours long. So why do some people seem to be able to accomplish so much more when we all have the same amount of time in our day? Simply, they have mastered good time management skills. I have summarized 3 Time Management tips that I have condensed from a number of different resources. Hopefully, these will help you finish more tasks and get you closer to accomplishing your goals. 1) Create a Prioritized To-Do List At the beginning of every day, take 15 minutes to consciously decide how you want to spend your time. This is also called making a plan for your day. Write down everything you need to do that day. This list should include steps needed to complete a S.M.A.R.T. goal, tasks or project items for work or school, errands,... read more

When we talk about time management we are inevitably thinking externally. There is this thing called time, which hangs out in the corner of your eye, always present yet elusive. Strategies for time management are thus often externally focused: Use software like Leechblock, an add-on to Firefox. This software blocks access to social media and other websites that tempt us to waste time, so that you can work without distraction on the computer. Keep a Master To Do List. I use Draft, a simple text editor for Android, but you could also do a legal pad or a dry erase board. Write on it anything that you’re concerned about forgetting. Turn off notifications on your email or phone. Then, block out an hour or so a day specifically devoted to correspondence and catching up. This saves you time wasted on interruptions. But what about the internal? What about when you decide to open up Internet Explorer instead, bypassing the well-meaning inflexibility of... read more

I talk to a lot of people who struggle to bring sanity to their schedules. Time management is one of those areas in life where we can become very ingrained in our patterns of thought and behavior, like King Arthur's thoughts at the very end of The Once and Future King. He sits in his war pavilion, having lost two battles, his round table, and the people closest to him. Struggling to make sense of his life and the ways that he has failed to create a just kingdom, Arthur's "exhausted brain slipped into its accustomed circles: the withered paths, like those of the donkey in the treadmill, round which he had plodded many thousand times in vain." Figuring out how to be productive in your work, while also managing to grab breakfast, read the news, do your yoga, and spend time with your friends may not be as earth-shattering as the old king's noble ambitions--but persistently feeling behind, haunted by the idea that you "should" be able to do more, or paralyzed... read more

Time is a very important tool to learning academic information efficiently. If you have been working with a tutor then you should be aware of the time that you spend in tutoring assistance. Most students and parents believe that the longer they are tutored; the more successful they will be in executing the output of information. Set your tutoring goals in advance and submit them to your tutor via the Wyzant email address. List the goals that you would like to accomplish in each session for up to two weeks at a time. Even if you and your tutor do not accomplish all the goals you set, you will still be proactive in your learning experience!

Hello all, I found this article from Fox news very helpful. We might relate to it differently but at the end of the day, we may all agree that multitasking might not be as effective as it feels! Hope you enjoy it!   12 Reasons To Stop Multitasking   "We all do it: Texting while walking, sending emails during meetings, chatting on the phone while cooking dinner. In today's society, doing just one thing at a time seems downright luxurious, even wasteful. But chances are, you're not doing yourself (or your boss, or your friends and family) any favors by multitasking your way through the day.Research shows that it's not nearly as efficient as we like to believe, and can even be harmful to our health. Here are 12 reasons why you should stop everything you're doing—well, all but one thing—and rethink the way you work, socialize, and live your life. You're not really multitasking What you call multitasking is really task-switching,... read more

Your schedule is congested: walll-to-wall study, activities, community service. You're lucky to have time for food and sleep.   And you have to be ready for class the next day. But how?   There are many things you can replace if lost or stolen: smartphones, laptops, tablets, to name a few. You cannot, however, replace lost time. Whether an hour, a day, or a year--lost time never returns to you.   So you have to know what's crucial for the coming day.   Have you got a class assignment? Make sure it's done and accessible.   A field trip? Be sure to have good walking clothes, a snack, and money for lunch.   Are you tired? Get at least six hours's sleep, if possible.   In short, determine your priorities, and drop those extracurricular activities which merely promote busy-ness. You're a student, not a robot. Keep that in mind.

My household of 2 two people is always buzzing- my fiancé and I both work and attend a university. We have to drive to various places, do daily chores and always be on time. There needs to be room for studying, maintaining a social life, and last but definitely not least, maintain healthy life-styles. To keep ourselves out of the way of junk food, clutter and less than desirable grades, we do as much as we can- whenever and wherever we can. We take our lap-tops and homework to our North Dallas Laundromat (it has blazingly fast Wi-Fi): instead of watching the laundry go around, we set the goal to read 5 pages before we throw the next set of quarters into the dryer. This semester I am taking a very reading-intensive linguistics class, so I try to read 3 pages before I go to work, one page during a quick break, at least 2 before I dig into my dinner and son on and so forth. My fiancé and I make an active effort... read more

Finding a way to give yourself adequate time to study can be daunting, especially for those who are working, or have children. Below are four important concepts to keep in mind: 1. The amount of time is not as important as the quality of time: Figure out your individual learning style, and use that. Spending hours reading will not be as effective as fifteen minutes listening to audio lessons if you are a audio-learner, or reading if you can’t pay attention to lectures. Personally, I know my mind wanders during lectures, so I learn better doing my own reading or reading out loud. I’ve also found that most people learn much more when they handwrite notes, rather than typing, it makes you have to go slower and process the information. 2. It’s okay to multi-task: I don’t suggest this for younger students, as the ability to multi task comes with age, but it’s useful for older students. Fit it studying where you can, the following are some ideas- -Listen... read more

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