Category: Schoolwork & Studying

Study Skills to Break the Vicious Cycle

Raise your hand if you’d like to spend less time studying and get better grades. No, no, not both hands, and stop jumping up and down! Seriously, though … if you’re like most of my students, you might feel trapped in a bit of a vicious cycle right about now: you stay up late to […]

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Seniors: Stay in the Game

The college search is one big plan, so position yourself to go the distance. It’s a long season, and each step along the way is important to your ultimate goal of finding your #1 college. Right now, you can enjoy a sense of accomplishment in knowing that all of your applications and essays are done. […]

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Some Notes on Notes

I used to love back-to-school shopping as a kid. Fresh pencils and pens, maybe a new pencil case, and, of course, new notebooks. Those wonderfully unblemished and perfectly blank notebooks that just beg to be seen as metaphor: the open mind waiting to be filled with knowledge; the blank slate that every student begins the […]

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Reinventing Yourself for Freshman Year

One of the exciting things about starting at a new school or beginning a new year is the opportunity to be a new you – a fresh start, a reset, an opportunity to reinvent yourself. The transition from middle school to high school can be one of those classic moments. One of the really cool […]

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Junior Year and the Importance of Staying Focused

 Welcome to junior year, the most important year of the high school transcript.   This will be the most recent full year of grades submitted with your college applications. This is the year that highlights your mastery and expertise.   The juggling act has begun as you manage AP classes, debate team, sports, and such, all while […]

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How to Make the Most of Freshman Year

 You’re a freshman now, and freshman year is about breaking ground. While you’re adjusting and exploring new opportunities, your academic life is being recorded on your official transcript that one day will be sent to colleges. As a result, strategic planning should increasingly become a significant part of your daily routine. Managing your time becomes […]

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Executive Function: Time Management

Executive function sounds like an academic thing that cognitive psychologists made up so they can have theories about it. And they have a lot of theories. But basically, it’s a set of skills that allow us to direct our focus to plan, start, remember, and continue tasks: inhibition, cognitive flexibility, and working memory. Our recent […]

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“Do My Senior Grades Matter?”

No matter how often we get this question, we are still perplexed. We think, “Of course they matter!” Still, it’s not unusual for an aggressively hard-working, disciplined senior to be looking for the light at the end of the tunnel after years of grinding out assignments, never missing soccer practice, all while leading the debate […]

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