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I started my Physics course this Summer telling my students they are not allowed to say "I don't know," unless they can't read, listen to a recording, watch a video, or ask a question of someone more knowledgeable. When I was in school we did not have access to information like students do today.  In my humble opinion, students need to bulk up on two things like body builders... read more

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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... read more

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Here is a study tip for all you science students.     Go to the library and find all the textbooks you can on your given subject - especially for Organic Chemistry.  Since I am referencing Organic, I will use the subject as an example.   When I was in first semester Organic Chemistry, there was an Emeritus Professor who left the department.  He was a great... read more

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As a college student with a difficult major and two minors, my timetable is my best friend.  It's not an exaggeration when I say that I live and breathe by it.  I don't schedule anything without looking at it, and if anyone (friend, professor, boss, etc.) asks me, "Do you have free time at [X]?", I just email them a copy of it.   If you don't have a timetable,... read more

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The most requested tutoring subject is MATH! Many students struggle with math (algebra, geometry, calculus) because there is no easy way to learn it. It is nice to have someone to break it down for you and talk you through your problems. But, what happens when you do not have your tutor next to you?!?!   PANIC?! OF COURSE NOT!   Although it is my duty for you to have... read more

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I use a varied approach to learning math, from the fundamental algebraic basics, to the complex procedures of calculus. I use songs and cheers to remember rules. None of us have much trouble remembering songs from the radio. Why not apply that innate strength to math?  I also try to find ways to incorporate physical movement. An algebra student and I might, for example, walk... read more

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If you couldn't tell from the title, I'm really excited about this one study technique. I wish I had started it in high school, when my dad was hounding me abut it, but I waited until college. Once I started using this technique, I was so shocked at how little I needed to study before a test I actually had time to do fun things during midterms and final seasons while my other friends spent the... read more

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Colleges and professional schools want candidates with a well-rounded resume. This means that as students, you have to balance demanding coursework with sports, internships, volunteer service, and most importantly, also find down time to enjoy with friends and family!   Efficient study techniques will help you juggle all this quite well.    Some tips:   Don't... read more

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Do you find yourself putting in lots of study but still falling shy of your learning goals? Do you find yourself blanking on tests for which you have studied for hours the night before? Maybe you are a senior in college and need a simple encouragement for good academic performance. Whatever your situation, if you are trying to learn well, these lifestyle suggestions are definitely worth integrating... read more

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Sure, we have all heard our math teachers say "Study for your test tomorrow." While we can all agree the importance of studying and getting prepared for an exam, not many math teachers actually tell you HOW to study. I am sure we have all spent time making flash cards, staring at our notes, or watching last minute videos on youtube, only to realize the test results often don't correlate... read more

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There are two basic levels of study skills with which I attempt to help people. The first is what we might call basic or rudimentary skills. These have to do with establishing good habits that lead to successful study. The latter is more advanced and has to do with conducting research, discerning the authenticity and value of sources, and so on. The purpose of this article is to provide basic... read more

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Study Skills 2: Illusions of Learning You can call it organized self-deception. It starts with a brilliant idea like: 'Next time I'll visit my German cousin, I'll talk to her only in German“, or „I want to be able to quote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe at every suitable moment“. The venture ends soon after the idea takes place with buying the best and fanciest Learning German Book or the... read more

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Study Skills Part 1: Fighting Procrastination It is always the same: You just think about the German vocabulary you have to learn, or about the historical dates you should know---and hey, presto, you find yourself checking E-mails, updating your Facebook site, or cleaning the windows to perfection like you have never done before. There is a word for this phenomenon: procrastination... read more

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imageSo far this year, our school system has had 5 snow days. I began to worry about my students' brains rotting away from binges of video games, hot cocoa and Netflix. When I returned to school, I was pleasantly surprised to find that more than a handful of kids had practiced these "good student" skills that my teammates and I recommended when the snow kept falling. These students... read more

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6 Steps to Creating a Successful MCAT Study Plan In this document we will go over the steps for how to create a successful MCAT study plan. All of the advice comes from many years of experience, working for several of the large test prep companies including Kaplan, Next Step and others, and working with hundreds of different students. 1. Start with the Official Materials, familiarize... read more

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1. Colors help the brain absorb information better. It also makes any subject at hand more interesting and appealing to the eye. 2. Note taking should never be a duty, I like to incorporate fun ways to write out notes that'll help with memory. 3. Music to set a relaxing but stimulating mood for the student. 4. Every 15 minutes, students need a quick break from focus to keep their attitude... read more

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Is it possible to overstudy for an exam?  Yes.  Unfortunately, I see it happen way too often.  There is a point when studying can begin to have diminishing returns.  (My Economics students should understand that concept!)     I'm a marathon runner, and one important practice that marathon runners follow is a taper period.  It works like this:  In... read more

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Just the other day  I had a conversation with a parent about what's wrong with schools today.Among many things, we agreed that students don't get the chance to really learn the material. They just don't practice the skills enough. Is it because they spend all their time preparing for standardized testing? Is it lack of time in the classroom? Or is it just plain old boring ? Well, boring or... read more

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