Improving Academic Performance

Using the Science of Habits to Improve Performance in School: Part II

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Dec 29, 2017 @ 08:30 AM

In a previous article on the power of habits,  we discussed how habits are a tool our brains use to be more efficient. Instead of consciously analyzing every situation, thinking about various courses of action, and then deciding what to do, we use habits to automatically do this or that to save time. In theory, this allows us to decide to use our brain power to focus on things that really matter and really do require conscious deliberation. This is sometimes a good and sometimes a bad thing. It’s good when the habit is brushing our teeth each morning and night, or looking both ways before we cross the street. It’s bad when we grab a few cookies without even thinking about it when we are bored, or react negatively to constructive feedback.

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Using the Science of Habits to Improve Performance in School: Part I

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

We write a lot on this blog about how academic success (and other types of success) is much more a function of the choices you make and the effort you put in than a function of your intrinsic or genetic talents. In other words, most recent research suggests, and we firmly believe, that academic skills are built through practice and success comes through developing better strategies and making better choices. 

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The Motivation to Learn: What Inspires It?

Posted by Stephanie Ingraham 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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Breaks, Mini-Tests, and Multi-Task Avoidance: Three Ways to Study Better

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz 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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Distracted? How to Develop a Focused Study Plan

Posted by Stephanie Ingraham 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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How to Boost Your Reading Comprehension

Posted by Banke Abioye on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 @ 09:43 AM

Reading comprehension is one of those critical skills that you use on a daily basis. Many may think that simply reading will help strengthen their reading comprehension skills, but that isn’t necessarily true. Reading comprehension goes beyond reading and understanding the words that make up a sentence. Reading comprehension involves deciphering the topic and purpose of the sentence, paragraph, or article at hand. Without reading actively -- that is reading, remembering, and analyzing what you’ve read -- your reading comprehension skills won’t improve very much. So, how can you learn to read actively? Take a look at the tips and strategies listed below to learn how to read actively.

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

Posted by Stephanie Ingraham 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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Study More Effectively Using Deliberate Practice - PART 2

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Jun 06, 2014 @ 02:15 PM

In a previous blog post on deliberate practice, we learned that it takes focus, motivation, feedback, and a desire to uncover the underlying elements of the big concepts.  More importantly, we learned that it is the way to build new skills, be they academic, athletic, musical, or anything else.   Let's now look at a few different examples of the concept in action, as well as explore what deliberate practice, in an academic context, involves in a bit more detail.

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