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Executive Functioning

Annotating vs. Underlining

Part of high school (or some more competitive middle school programs) is learning how to read. By this, we don’t mean learning how to sound

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Executive Functioning

Break Time

Breaks get a bad wrap. Whether it’s the never quit mentality instilled in our kids through sports or the workaholic tendencies of many seemingly admirable

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Executive Functioning

Summer Reading

Summer reading seemed like such an easy feat several months ago, as finals week turned into summer break. Read a book and write an essay,

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Healthy Habits

The Optics of Learning

When we think about the physiology of learning, in other words, the physical aspects of how students learn, the eyes are too often overlooked. We

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Healthy Habits

Write Less, But More Often

I played soccer growing up, and nothing released pure pandemonium on the practice field like the coach announcing a full-field scrimmage. All we wanted to

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Healthy Habits

How to Succeed In College

The transition between high school and college is laden with trapdoors, many of which have nothing to do with academic prowess. There are three main

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Healthy Habits

Boredom is Really Important

Boredom is misunderstood. To most individuals, boredom is something to be avoided at all costs. Boredom is watching paint dry or watching grass grow. It’s

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Healthy Habits

Why Do Students Procrastinate?

Students make some inexplicable decisions. With full knowledge of the negative consequences, sometimes they just don’t do the work. They push it down the road,

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Healthy Habits

How to Change Habits

I know, I know, another post about habits. We are firm believers in habits and routines for success at school and beyond. Habits form the

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Time Management

The Five Minute Prep

Too often, struggling students focus on the wrong problem and thus arrive at the wrong solution. Like most human beings, students mistake busyness with productivity,

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Healthy Habits

How to Increase Willpower

Students are bombarded with distractions and decisions all day, at school and at home. Although we frequently prefer systems to plain, old willpower, sometimes the

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Healthy Habits

The Feynman Technique

Simplicity is underrated. Albert Einstein once said, “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” True mastery of a concept requires

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The Pomodoro Technique

Students often tell us that they have a hard time motivating themselves to start studying. Once they get rolling, they are fine, but the genesis

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Healthy Habits

Self-Evaluation: A Guide

Measuring progress is one of the essential steps in building academic momentum. We often use the analogy of a long-road trip to convey the necessary

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Study Skills

Should My Student Use Flashcards?

Unfortunately, most students mock the mere suggestion of using flashcards to study. Seeing this academic staple as some outdated deterrent to progress, these students instead

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