Improving Academic Performance

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

Teaching Compassion to Students and Why It's Important

Posted by Stephanie Ingraham on January 25, 2018 9:00:00 AM CST

When it comes to education, reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, used to take center stage and were the standard menu of what was taught to students starting in elementary school. Over time subjects like social studies and history, the applied sciences, and arts and culture were added to the list. In today’s world of education, where students are exposed to seemingly endless cascades of information and are coming to terms with growing up in a world highly affected by globalization, such subjects as community outreach, service learning, and multicultural units are sought after, even in the lower grades.

Bottom line? Students are learning a lot.

All subject areas have their place and offer significant development and exploration for students of all ages; as education continues to develop and change and schools attempt to foster more community-focused and united environments, subjects like mindfulness and compassion have gained popularity. So what happens when we explore teaching students concepts like kindness, mindfulness, and compassion, as courses themselves? Let’s dive in.

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Tags: improve your grades, improve study habits, improving academic performance, anti-bullying, compassion

Note Taking and Memory: Put Down the Pen!

Posted by Stephanie Ingraham on January 17, 2018 2:00:00 PM CST

Note-taking, once the activity de rigueur of learning and memorizing facts and new information, and an activity that certainly appears, well, active, is fast becoming replaced with newer forms of active engagement. Taking notes has long been lauded as a tried and true approach to memory and retention, as well as the best option for having recorded documents with which to refer after an initial discussion, but note-taking in and of itself might not be the best strategy available and can often become its own mindless, passive, or even distracting activity. Instead, active listening with a more strategic approach to obtaining information allows the brain to stay focused on the lecture while still capturing highlights and overarching ideas.

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Tags: study skills, improve your grades, improve study habits, note-taking, improving academic performance

Five Tips to Prepare for Exams

Posted by Stephanie Ingraham on December 30, 2017 10:11:00 AM CST

As you move into the end of a semester, the pressure of exams can daunt even the most successful students. It’s a busy time of year in general, and the mounting strain of a large looming test can feel outright agonizing! Fear not. Here is a list of go-to tips to help you be your most prepared and confident self going into those final exams (or any tests, at any time!)

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Tags: study skills, improve your grades, improve study habits, grit, Grit drives academic performance, improving academic performance, exam preparation

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

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on December 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM CST

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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Tags: mindset, study skills, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, study tips, study strategies, improving academic performance, habits

Getting 'Gritty' With It

Posted by Stephanie Ingraham on December 22, 2017 9:53:46 AM CST

Failure ain’t what it used to be. Or, at least, failure is understood differently today, as we examine more closely how much it actually helps us in the long run. When we allow failure and setbacks to be learning experiences and jumping off points for the development of resilience and grit, our lives transform. We refine our character all the more, but like a fine work of art that benefits from revision and reframing. Nowhere is such an experience in growth more valuable and applicable than education.

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

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on December 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM CST

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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Tags: mindset, study skills, how to improve my grades, improve study habits, study tips, study strategies, improving academic performance

Books Every Student Should Read – Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on November 30, 2017 10:52:00 AM CST

As many readers of this blog know, MyGuru tries to be much more than a place where parents and students can look for a private tutor. We are trying to build a community of parents, students, tutors, and other experts where ideas about how to be healthier, more productive, and academically successful are exchanged.

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Tags: growth mindset, mindset, Carol Dweck, study skills, improve study habits, psychology of success

The Writing Process: It's Actually a Process!

Posted by Stephanie Ingraham on November 28, 2017 10:19:00 AM CST

When a paper is looming, it can be easy to get into absolutes and assume that, unless you can get something really fantastic down in the next couple of hours, you’re doomed. But let’s remember the old adage Rome wasn’t built in a day - and neither was your essay, short story, or research project. All good writing comes from rewriting. Even the greatest writers on earth will admit that their first drafts and ideas were often lackluster. Sometimes downright terrible. So don’t be discouraged. Be willing to write poorly, and then be willing to improve! (Remember that growth mindset!)

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Tags: study skills, Writing Sample, improve your grades, improve study habits, Improving Writing, improving academic performance, improve my writing, how to write an essay, essay writing

Want to Do Better in School? Develop Plans, Set Specific Goals, and Monitor Progress

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on November 25, 2017 10:19:00 AM CST

 

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