Improving Academic Performance

Morgan Bissett-Tessier

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The Motivation to Learn: What Inspires It?

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

Have you ever wondered what motivates students to learn something new, especially when the subject or material might be rather complex or difficult? What helps students stay focused, engaged, excited, and diligent? According to data gathered from various schools and grade levels, there are three major areas that impact a student’s likelihood to stay motivated and tackle complicated subject matter.

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Tags: study skills, improve your grades, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, improving academic performance, motivation, motivating students

Breaks, Mini-Tests, and Multi-Task Avoidance: Three Ways to Study Better

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 09:40 AM

Few people like to do homework or study for a test. But it’s obviously important to do these things to perform well in school. And if you must engage in these activities, you might as well be as efficient and productive as possible. You want to get as much benefit from each hour you invest in studying as possible.

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Tags: study skills, improve your grades, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, time management, Brain Rules, improving academic performance

Distracted? How to Develop a Focused Study Plan

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 08:43 AM

So you want to learn how to study better and use your time wisely and effectively? You’ve got your books, pen, paper, computer, and mind to dig in for a solid chunk of time and maximize your study period? Well, think of it like exercise. Have you ever gone for a run? The first ten to fifteen minutes can be a real pain, can’t they? But once you get into the rhythm of it and your lungs and muscles are warmed up, it starts to flow. It starts to feel great. It even starts to be fun! And the payoffs are numerous.

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Tags: brain science, study skills, improve your grades, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, time management, Brain Rules, improving academic performance

The Classes That Scare You: Developing growth mindset around challenging subjects

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Tue, Oct 17, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

We all have those pesky negative beliefs around certain subjects or classes at school: I’m a bad writer! I’ll never understand math! Learning a foreign language is impossible! Though certain classes may be more challenging than others, clinging to negative generalities about anything, especially education, doesn’t serve us.

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Tags: brain science, growth mindset, study skills, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, improve test scores, Brain Rules, improving academic performance

Improving Performance in School through Social-Emotional Learning: An Introduction

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 @ 05:21 PM

In the world of education, new fads can sometimes garner swift support but fall fast. As parents, we sometimes look for quick fixes to our children’s learning struggles; but that approach can lead to wasted time spent on strategies that aren’t effective in the long term. Thankfully, some trends do seem to make a lasting, positive impact. SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) is steadily proving itself to be an effective force in a growing number of school districts.

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Tags: study skills, Study Planning, social emotional learning, SEL, teaching strategies

Ten Most Common Study Mistakes

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 05:09 PM

Tests are part and parcel of school, and are especially important in higher education; whether it’s midterms and finals in college, language exams or massimedical-school.pngve paid exams required for certifications, tests are used to demonstrate each student’s knowledge of the material and determine whether or not they’ll pass.

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Tags: test taking strategies, study skills, NCLEX, Study Planning, nursing school

Common Collegiate Confusion – Mistakes Every Freshman Makes

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 12:00 PM


They say that hindsight is 20/20.  Hundreds of thousands of people have gone through their freshman year of college with regrets and wishes and dreams of what could have been, what they should have done.  But that only means that there is greater hope for current college freshmen if they are only willing to listen and trust the people who have been there.  Compiled from the thoughts and opinions of dozens of undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors, this list is comprised of the most common mistakes that freshmen make their first year of school.

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Tags: college education, college freshman, college tips

Decoding College: Tips for Time Management [Part 1]

Posted by Morgan Bissett-Tessier on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 @ 03:38 PM

So, you’ve survived four years of high school; Congratulations!  Just as you’re getting comfortable, the world and its karma throw you into a completely new environment called college.           

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