Improving Academic Performance

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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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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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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Tags: study skills, GMAT reading comprehension, Reading Comprehension, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, improve test scores, ACT/SAT study skills, 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

Five Powerful, Free Resources for Improving Performance in School

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 10:00 AM


In the past few years, I’ve read a lot of articles and visited many web-sites to learn more about what drives academic performance and to identify mutually beneficial partnerships. I have chosen one web-site, one “app,” one blog, one online course, and one podcast. I believe any given student should at least be familiar with many of the ideas covered by each of these resources. As such, parents, high school, college, and graduate students, as professionals of any age, could benefit from spending time exploring each resource below.

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Tags: study skills, study habits, online educational resources, note-taking

Improving Academic Performance Through Deliberate Practice

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, May 19, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

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The Underestimated Power of Practice

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

We have all come across genius, people who are exceptional, admirable, and undeniably perfect.  Some have graced our history books and televisions many times over (Einstein, Mozart, Jordan), while others are our neighbors or friends who are just awesome at something - imagine that girl or boy wonder in your AP Physics or English class that seems to immediately understand absolutely everything the teacher says and ace every test. 

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