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 […]

Episode 7: The Tradeoff

In the information technology world, there’s a saying: “fast, right, cheap – pick any two.” Recently, we realized this also applies to education: “fast, correct, low-stress – pick any two.” In this episode, we’ll talk about the outcomes of each tradeoff, and how to encourage your students – or yourself – to make the one […]

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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 […]

Episode 6: Studying is Just Interacting with the Material

Most students think they know how to study: they read, they re-read, and they re-re-read. But there’s a lot more that goes into studying effectively! In this episode, Adam and Dinur go over several ways to maximize your study time, by identifying and using new ways to interact with the material. You can download the […]

3 Ways to Cope With Test Stress

Almost every student I’ve ever met stresses out about tests. Whether it’s a quiz, a midterm, or a final exam, it’s one of the most stressful things students cope with. And it’s no wonder – we live in a society that prioritizes test scores! But research has also shown that going into a test stressed […]

Episode 5: The OLI Method and the Growth mindset

Too often, learners think that there are people with a natural talent for learning, and that they must not be that person, because learning is not easy for them. This is an example of what Carol Dweck calls the “fixed mindset.” In this episode, Adam and Dinur go over these ideas, and how to develop […]

Flash Cards

Fun With Flash Cards: The Activity Card Deck

Flash cards. They’re old-school, sure, but they’re versatile. You can flip through them to learn terms, concepts, and ideas while you’re riding the bus, or waiting for class to start. You can get someone else to quiz you with them, or you can quiz yourself. You can play different games with them in your study […]

Episode 4: Intellectual Bulimia

In this episode, Dinur and Adam discuss the ever-present student method of “studying” – cramming – which is something that the high school mindset almost demands. But when you get into college prep and college, it stops working! Join us as we talk about how to stop cramming and start studying – and how to […]

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?” […]

Episode 3: Learning is Not a Race

Everything takes time, but students are conditioned to rush. How do we help them slow down – or even understand why it’s important? In this episode, Dinur and Adam go over some ways to help students slow down and improve their work! Click here to download the PDF of this episode’s transcript!  Show Notes The […]

Episode 2: Pulling Back The Curtain

As a student, do you sometimes wonder why your professors set up the syllabus the way they do, what we expect you to learn, or why we require you to write a term paper? In this episode, Adam and Dinur go over a few things professors have to do when we put a class together […]

Episode 1: What We’re About

In this episode, Adam and Dinur introduce themselves and talk about what they plan for this podcast. They start with a few main issues that teachers and students face. They’ll also talk about how this podcast will be organized! Download the PDF transcript of this episode by clicking here. Show NotesMary-Ann Winkelmes’ Transparent Teaching Archive

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 […]

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 […]