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 […]

Many college students don't know what to talk about when they go to office hours. Here's 5 things you could talk about - and probably should!

5 Things to Talk About When You Go to Office Hours

Some people think that when you go to office hours, it’s like going to the principal’s office was in grade school. A lot of students are intimidated by their professors, so this isn’t surprising. But if you don’t go to office hours, you’re cheating yourself out of an amazing resource that can really help you […]

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 […]

How can you be sure you know what you know? This blog post will give you one simple step to help you line up your perceptions with reality!

How to Know What You Know: 1 Easy Way to Calibrate Your Self-Confidence

Last week in a private coaching forum I’m part of, one of the members asked: “How do we help our students know that they’re ready for an exam? So many of them are stressing out about getting straight As!” Her description of this student made me think of a poignant moment in Dr. Judith Rapoport’s […]

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 […]

Tips for Parents: 3 Ways to Help Your Teen Get Ready For College

If you have a high-school senior, they’re probably getting ready for college next fall. They’ve got good GPAs and good SAT/ACT scores, they’ve sent off their applications, the acceptances should be coming in soon, and they’re ready to go. Right? Well… maybe. Good grades and good test scores will help your teen get into college […]

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 […]

Are you trying to find ways to make a study group work for you? Click here for some ideas to help you do that!

5 Ways To Make A Study Group Work For You

Many teachers will advise you to work with your classmates – in a word, to create a study group. But what do you do in a study group? Too many times, study groups can devolve into chit-chat and waste your time, instead of improving your knowledge. Here’s some ways to make a study group work […]

When a break is over, it can be hard to get back into the school routine. Click here for some ways to make that transition a little easier!

4 Ways to Make Starting the Semester Easier

So the break is almost over, and most college and high school students will be returning to campus soon. For many students, coming back to school after a break is difficult – it’s hard to get back on track, especially if their sleep schedule has gone off the rails during the break, and thinking about […]

Have you ever looked at your class notes and been confused? Do you know how to take good notes in class? Click here and find out better ways!

How to Take Good Notes in College Classrooms

I recently had a coaching client who was getting ready to go to college, but struggling with one of their high-school classes. No matter how much we went over study tools or test preparation practices, they were consistently getting low grades on quizzes and exams. It turned out they didn’t know how to take good […]

Academic Advisor, or Academic Coach?

Aren’t Academic Coaches and Academic Advisors the Same? Many students hear “academic coaching” and think “academic advising,” and it’s true, the terms are similar. But although your academic advisors and your academic coaches are people who can help you through college, their jobs are very different! Let’s take a quick look at what each of […]

Is your student's grade report not what you'd hoped for? Click here to find out why it happened and how to fix it!

Bad Grades in College: 3 Reasons Students Get Them

When students get bad grades in college, many parents find themselves saying things like: “How could you get a D? You’re just not trying.” “These grades are a huge disappointment to me, son.” “Why didn’t you work harder on this class? You’re not stupid!” These are common questions that parents often ask their first-year college student […]

Did your GPA drop during your first semester in college? Click here for a few ways to deal with that!

Why a C is a GREAT Grade in College

Most students (and most parents) don’t realize that in college, a C is a great grade. When the student who pulled a 4.0 in high school ends up with a 2.5 GPA in their first semester in college, their shock is real. This can baffle parents, and give their students an identity crisis! The fact […]

Which Do You Need: A Coach, or a Tutor? Find Out Here!

If you’re a college student, or know someone who is, you’ve probably noticed that college isn’t like high school. The work demands more than memorization: more reading, more study time, more writing, and more research. You may feel like you’re in over your head, or that you’re constantly behind. There may even be one or […]

Parent of a new college student? Want to help them succeed? Don't go about it the wrong way. Click here for 4 things that don't work and what to do instead!

Tips for Parents: 4 Things to Avoid When Your Kids Go to College

When your child is on the way to college, you want to help them succeed. You’re usually thrilled that your child performed well enough in high school to move on to what many people see as the first real phase of American adulthood. All the AP classes, SAT scores, ACT scores, and acceptance to one or more colleges […]

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How to Email Your Professor – and When to Avoid It!

You have to email your professor about something. You know how to use email, right? It’s old-school: open up the program or the web browser, and type something like this: Yo, When is the test? Or maybe you’d rather say: Dear Professor Chris Smith, I write to you to urgently express my concern that the […]

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4 Ways to Make a Study Schedule Work For You

“Make a study schedule.” It sounds easy until you sit down to do it, right? Then, for many students, it begins to feel like two other things, and neither of them are easy: A ton of work A waste of time It’s understandable that you feel this way. School has just started, you’re overwhelmed with […]

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4 Twitter Accounts College-Bound Students Should Follow TODAY

Whether you’re getting ready to apply to college, visit campuses, apply for financial aid, or depart for your chosen school, the amount of information you have to process and understand may seem overwhelming. The Internet, Facebook, and even Twitter accounts can be confusing for college-bound students because there’s so much information. Even worse, you don’t know […]

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4 Well-Known Study Habits That Don’t Actually Work – #4 Will Surprise You!

Tales My Teacher Told Me: Study Habits That Don’t Actually Work From the time you enter first grade, your teachers and parents and just about every other adult you know are telling you how to study, thinking that you have study habits that don’t work. Your older brother has notebooks full of highlighted colors cluttering […]

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The Too Many Ideas Problem

So your teacher just told you that for your final paper, you need to write eight pages on a course-related topic. Let’s say it’s a course on race and ethnic problems in the United States. That’s a really big topic, and as a result, too many ideas start to spill into your mind. You could […]