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 […]

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 […]