How to Treat Studying Like a Sport

The Student-Athlete’s Dilemma Earlier this term, I had a student-athlete come to office hours. He was pretty far behind in class, and pretty discouraged. “I hate studying,” he confessed. “It just seems like a waste of time.” I’ve had many students, not just student-athletes, tell me this. Why study? they ask. They don’t see the […]

How to Keep Yourself on Track

How to Stick To It: If Only I Knew It! I freely admit it: Sometimes I have trouble keeping myself faithful to the goals I’ve set. I’ll write something in a planner with the best of intentions, and two weeks later, I’ll realize I never followed through. I’ll take my big project, break it down […]

How to Go Deeper Than Surface Learning

Most of the time, high-school students aren’t learning on a deep level. Their learning is usually focused around stuffing in information for tests and then spitting it back out on those tests. They know facts – but they don’t know why they are learning them. It’s just “what the school requires them to learn.” This […]

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How to Stop Overthinking

The biggest question I got from my students in emails this past week was: “I keep overthinking tests and assignments. How do I stop overthinking?” Overthinking is a really common problem in high school and college! Part of the reason is that tests are usually high-stress situations, and big assignments often “count” for a lot […]

How to Stop Second-Guessing Yourself

The other day, I had a student ask me about her start-of-class quiz. She hadn’t done well. “Tell me what happens when you see the questions,” I said. “I always think I know the answer, but then I think I must be wrong, so I choose a different answer.” “And how does that work out?” […]

How do you set priorities for your college classes, studying, and social life? Click here to see an easy way to set priorities so you can get things done!

Out of Your Head and Onto the Page: A Planning System That Works, Part 3

In the last blog in this series, we covered how to take big projects and break them down into small tasks, so that they’re manageable. Today we’re going to talk about how to set priorities for those tasks, so that they get done. Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, had a simple […]

Click here to find out why stress pushes us into a vicious cycle, four ways to stop that cycle in its tracks, and three questions to ask so you can stop rushing and start succeeding!

Stop Rushing and Start Succeeding: Part 3

In the previous blog in this series, we went over the beliefs that push us into rushing, and how many of those beliefs create a stressful situation. In this final blog in the series, we’ll go over why stress pushes us into a vicious cycle, four ways to stop that cycle in its tracks, and […]

Feeling overstressed and rushed? Click here! This blog post will tell you why we feel like we have to rush, and how that can lead to an ongoing cycle of stress.

Stop Rushing and Start Succeeding: Part 2

The first blog in this series talked about what happens when we rush, and why we need to slow down. This blog will talk about why we feel like we have to rush, and how that can lead to an ongoing cycle of stress. Beliefs, Behavior and Stress Our behavior stems from what we believe […]

Stop Rushing and Start Succeeding: Part 1

If you look around, you can see that most people seem to be in a hurry. That’s not surprising! Our culture is built on being busy – on rushing. We see people hurrying hither and yon, and the impression we get is that they have Important, Valuable, Necessary Reasons to step up their pace and […]

Are you facing an exam that has lots of memorizing? Click to read about the three steps that will tell you how to study for an exam and ace it easily!

Three Steps to an A on a Memorization-Based Exam

In college, most of the time, exams require more than memorizing. College is supposed to be the place where students move past just memorizing to applying, analyzing, and evaluating information – but not always. Some exams will still be focused on memorizing concepts, equations, definitions, terms, dates, and people. Some professors will want to know that […]

Have you ever thought "I'm so confused!" in a new class? Believe it or not, that's normal! Click here for three easy steps to help you get out of confusion!

3 Steps Out of Total Confusion

How many times have you been in the second or third week of a class – especially when it’s a topic you’ve never encountered before – and thought “I’m so confused! I’ll never understand this!” and given up? Believe it or not, you’re not alone. But what you need to know is that the confusion […]

3 Steps to Make College Easier in Week 1

When the college semester starts, everything is new. You have new classes, new classmates, new professors, new expectations – and if it’s your first semester, you might also have a new roommate and a new dorm room. All that “new” can be pretty overwhelming! Here’s a few ways to make the first week of college […]