Episode 10: Interview with Dr. Stacy Smith

Today’s episode is for students who struggle with writing, and instructors who struggle with “how do I make my students understand what we need for writing?” We’re honored to have our first guest, Dr. Stacy Smith, here today to talk to us about the different issues that undergraduates face when they have to learn how […]

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 […]

Episode 9: How to Change Your Thinking

Emerson said that the greatest discovery of his generation was that by changing your attitude, or how you think, you can change your circumstances. Since attitude, or how we think, is one of the few things we can control, this makes sense – but how do you change your attitude? In this episode, we’ll talk […]

Spelling Errors, and How to Avoid Them

Many students today tend to “write like they talk.” This means that their writing may not take notice of things like spelling and sound-alike words. In a first draft, that’s understandable. Some students don’t realize that the word they wrote isn’t the word they meant to use. Others are hoping for the best, because they […]

Episode 8: Improvement, Not Perfection

A lot of students have a black-and-white view of success: you’re either an A student, which means “perfect,” or you’re a failure. So in this episode, we’re going to talk about how to shift your goals away from perfection and towards improvement. You can download the PDF of this episode’s transcript by clicking here.

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

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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 […]