Improving Academic Performance

Mental Contrasting: A Better Way to Think Positively

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Apr 04, 2016 @ 09:30 AM


Many self-help gurus tout the clear need to think positively to reach your goals.

The general line of thought is that whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right. Why? Because if you think you can’t, you won’t put in the planning and effort to actually accomplish the goal. On some level, this is in fact true.

However, there is a growing body of evidence that "pure" positive thinking can actually reduce the chances you reach a goal you’ve set for yourself. In this article, we’ll explore how this could be.

Read More

Tags: strategic study plan, goal setting, positive thinking, mental contrasting, strategic planning

Being Strategic: Set Goals, Gather Facts, Consider Alternatives, Make Plans

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 02:02 PM


“Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it's about deliberately choosing to be different.” - Michael Porter, famous Harvard Business School professor

Read More

Tags: strategic study plan

Learning How to Learn: 3 Techniques to Improve Test Scores

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Oct 27, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

MyGuru is slowly undergoing a bit of a transition. We certainly want to continue to be known as the premier source for extremely accomplished tutors who deliver highly customized 1-1 in-person and online tutoring and test prep in Chicago and a steadily growing number of cities.

However, if you want to improve your performance in school, expert feedback and customized instruction from a private tutor doesn’t necessarily need to be a part of your plan. It is almost certainly a good idea, if you have the financial resources to pursue private tutoring. But, there are other tools, approaches, and strategies you can use to do better in school, and we want the MyGuru brand to be known for its ability to empower students to take control of their education, study more effectively, and develop strategies to meet their academic, professional, and personal goals. We want to deliver much more than the ability to connect with a private tutor.

Read More

Tags: growth mindset, study habits, deliberate practice, strategic study plan