Improving Academic Performance

Mark Skoskiewicz

Mark Skoskiewicz holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a Major in Finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, (he received additional minors in Philosophy and History). At IU, Mark was an undergraduate economics instructor teaching supplemental small group sessions for the department’s introductory economics course. During his junior and senior years, he was a private economics, finance, and accounting tutor. After Indiana, Mark spent 8 years working for Marakon Associates before creating MyGuru in 2009 while earning his MBA at Northwestern Kellogg to make it easier for parents and students to find high quality yet affordable tutors. While Mark wants MyGuru to always be known as a source for excellent tutors, we also aim to be a thought leader on how to improve academic performance through shifts in mindset, well-defined study plans, improved study habits, and even stress reduction strategies. Mark believes these ideas are a powerful, critical complement to working with an expert private tutor. Mark currently shares insights, advice, and information about how to improve academic performance in MyGuru’s improving academic performance blog and in an eBook Plan, Prepare, Perform: A Personalized Approach to Test Preparation.

Recent Posts

10 Ways To Become a More Successful Online Student

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on January 15, 2022 1:14:55 AM CST

The rapid technological development of the 21st century has transformed nearly every aspect of society, including our educational infrastructure. No longer beholden to the limits of in-person instruction, modern academia has expanded its classrooms into the virtual domain. While the introduction of remote learning accounts for an unprecedented level of accessibility, this benefit is not free of obstacles. Without the physical and temporal boundaries enforced by the traditional class environment, students face a myriad of challenges in the realms of time management, online communication, and the digital attention economy—to name a few. Becoming a successful online student therefore requires an unprecedented level of motivation and accountability, and the following ten tips will enable you to maximize your potential.

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Tags: online tutoring, online tutor tips, study the right way, improve study habits, time management, improve academic performance, online classroom

Five Ways Learning a New Language Can Enhance Your Intelligence

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on December 27, 2021 11:02:20 AM CST

Pandemic life allotted many of us unexpected free time, compelled us to pick up new or old hobbies, and all around made us question and redirect our interests and goals. Some of us learned to paint, some of us baked, and some of us decided to learn a new language. Speaking in a different language can be not just gratifying, but glamorous. Who doesn’t want to imagine themselves in Paris ordering dinner in fluent French, or shopping in Hong Kong and communicating with ease, in Cantonese, to the salesclerk? 

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Tags: ELA, foreign language learning

Benefits of STEM Education

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on May 21, 2021 9:48:26 AM CDT

STEM education is a hot phrase in the education world. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

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How to Improve Math Grades through Mindset

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on May 12, 2021 3:11:20 PM CDT

Many people continue to believe that you are either a math person, destined to be able to do math easily, or you’re not. If you’re not, math classes will always be hard, and you’ll never be comfortable with numbers and calculations. This type of thinking is seriously misguided, and really sends the wrong message to any student that is exposed to this idea.

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Tags: growth mindset, studying, calculus tutoring, how to improve my grades, motivation, improve academic performance, math help, math tutor

Creative Ways to Increase Student Motivation and Improve Grades

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on May 5, 2021 11:57:30 AM CDT

There are a few things we know for sure about individuals who perform really well in school, get really good at a sport, or become highly skilled musicians or artists. And if you think one of those things involves having a special gift, an innate talent, or an especially high IQ, you’d be wrong. The latest science suggests that the following concepts and questions factor heavily into whether a student builds skill and ultimately performs well in any given academic, athletic, or artistic domain:

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Tags: studying, how to improve my grades, motivation, improve academic performance

How to Stay Focused When You’re Studying: Four Crucial Tips for Students Using Virtual Computer Labs

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on March 5, 2021 11:05:14 AM CST

Do you struggle to stay focused when you’re studying for an exam or working on an essay? Staying focused on demanding material can be a real challenge when you’re a student, especially if you were used to more structure and support during high school.

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Tags: online tutoring, online educational resources, coronavirus, distance learning, remote learning, online learning

Profiling the School Counselor in a New World

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on September 4, 2020 3:02:02 PM CDT

This article, from one of our partners, explores the career path of a school counselor as compared to pursuit of a general career in business. It is intended to help individuals considering a career in education, and counseling specifically, generate a better understanding of the profession. 

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Is Online College Now the Right Option?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on April 6, 2020 4:14:59 PM CDT

Choosing a college isn't easy, especially if you don't want your college experience to lock you into one place. And, now we have the Coronavirus to consider. If you are already in a traditional on campus college, but aren't necessarily loving the experience, it could be the right time to consider studying online. If you are thinking about returning to school and were already pondering an online university as an option, the pandemic makes online college an even more appropriate choice. 

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How Online Tutoring Works

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on April 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM CDT

In a previous article, we scanned the distance learning landscape and explained how online tutoring can help parents and students navigate it.

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Tags: online tutoring, online tutors, working with an online tutor, online educational resources, coronavirus, distance learning, remote learning, online classroom

A Guide to Distance Learning (and How Online Tutoring Helps)

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on March 30, 2020 3:24:15 PM CDT

As a result of Covid-19, we're all living in a strange and unsettling new reality, and none of us knows exactly how long things are going to continue like this. While all of us are experiencing and dealing with the situation in our own ways, students across the country and around the globe have a particularly new set of circumstances with which to contend, and they, as well as schools, teachers, parents, administrators, tutors—every single one of us involved in education—need to learn ways to adapt. 

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Tags: online tutoring, online tutors, working with an online tutor, online educational resources, coronavirus, distance learning