The New Year — a time when we often think about successes and achievements. Instead, I’ve been thinking about failure. Mine in particular.
Last year (like every year) I made a bunch of mistakes! It’s tempting to gloss over all the ways I effed up in 2018 by making the traditional New Year’s list of successes and achievements from the past year.
More and more, lately, I find myself tired of those lists, of reading people’s curated successes without the balance of their difficulties. Maybe you’re tired of those lists too? I thought it might be more fun to talk about my mistakes instead.
Perhaps I’m just selfish and/or too sensitive, but when I see others’ successes I most often think “I guess I don’t measure up.” However, when I read their failures — especially when they also reflect deeply about what they learned from their failures — I feel empowered. Isn’t that odd?
Many high school students feel pressured to choose a college major before they ever arrive in college — during the application process.
Megan walks us through whether it makes sense for students to take aptitude and interest tests to figure out what they want to study in college, and whether this helps with the college admissions process.
Specifically she discusses:
What aptitude and interest inventories are
The two different ways to take these inventories — through a profession, and on your own via an internet search
The benefits of having high school students take these kinds of inventories, including insights, ideas, possible areas for exploration, and a source of open conversations between parent and student
The drawbacks of these inventories, including the potential low quality of the data, things that these tests don’t consider, like personality or job skill match, is not a quick fix or exact answer
Why Megan didn’t have her daughter take these kinds of tests during her college admissions process
Gretchen does two things at once in this episode: teaches you how to skim a nonfiction book effectively while also introducing you to some key tips and tricks about developing stronger habits. Specifically, she and Megan will:
discuss the importance of skimming to give you an overall picture of what you’re about to read
practice skimming Atomic Habits by reading and discussing the table of contents
explore how to tell what parts of the chapter to read, when you’re ready to skim in more depth
share their take aways about how to tweak their own habits to be more effective
Indiana Wesleyan University has revamped their Learning Center and peer tutoring programs to be more “Study Cycle” friendly.
Back in August Gretchen interviewed Melissa Sprock, Indiana Wesleyan University’s Learning Center Director, and opened up the interview for others to attend on Zoom.
Listen in as Melissa and Gretchen discuss the Learning Center staff’s recent training in the Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically toolbox. As a result of this training, the Learning Center has overhauled three key services they provide students:
their peer-to-peer tutor training,
a student success class for “Conditionally Admitted” university students, and
academic coaching in the TRIO program.
This experiment has been so successful that Melissa and Gretchen are starting to do presentations at conferences around the country. This episode of the podcast provides a “sneak peek” of their presentation.
Do you ever find yourself sleeping in class? Or struggling NOT to sleep?
Ugh. It’s the worst feeling. A client of mine was recently accused by his math teacher of sleeping in class. We spent part of our session discussing the cause, and what he might do about it.
Check out the video:
Check out the list of 5 clear ways to keep those eyes open, body moving, and attention alert when in a boring class:
If you are a teacher, tutor, or academic coach, or perhaps even a parent, interested in learning about how to help your students become independent learners and test-taking powerhouses, please consider checking out my course, The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically.
Do you struggle to get motivated to do your homework? You are not alone! I’ve had lots of videos on motivation in the past, but this one is different.
As you may know, I like to collect data from all my clients in a process I call the Habits Graph. One client, in particular, wanted to track how many times she works out each week. When we first put this on the graph, we had no idea how useful it would be!
We also tracked how motivated she feels each week to do her homework. This past week, when we filled out the Habits Graph together, we noticed some interesting trends. You might be able to guess what they are! Watch the video to see if you’re right.
Hey there, don’t have time for the full video? No worries, here’s a short summary:
So as I was working out today I was thinking about a conversation a client and I had about the link between working out and her level of motivation to do her homework. For the last three weeks we’ve been collecting data, and as any of you who have worked with me before know, I love to collect data with students to help them understand their habits better. So over the last three weeks, we’ve tracked how many times she’s gone to the gym each week and how motivated she’s felt to follow through on her homework.
As you can see there is definitely a pattern here. In the first week, she went to the gym 4 times and felt a 7 out of 10 in motivation. In the second, she went 0 times and had only a 2 motivation. And in the third week, she went to the gym 3 weeks and felt a 5 in motivation. And while the pattern is pretty noticeable, it really shows when you see it on a graph.
Isn’t it fascinating how almost perfectly the shapes match-up? For this student, and for most students in general, being physically active greatly helps with motivation. Our bodies and brains are inexorably linked, so if you aren’t being physically active in a way you enjoy then your probably hurting your ability to do your school work and your motivation.
Do you ever struggle to get started on a simple task? I do all the time! So if your answer is “yes” to this question, it must mean you’re human!
Recently I was working with a high school student who was struggling to get started with a homework assignment. I discovered that he simply needed to use his imagination better in order to take action. Check out the video to see what I mean.
Hey there! Don’t have time to watch the whole video? No worries, I’ve got your back. Here’s a summary:
As humans, we all tend to procrastinate. I’d even go so far as to say that if you say you don’t procrastinate, you might not be human. 😉 Still, when we’re struck with a case of procrastination we often are unable to motivate ourselves to take action on whatever it is we need to be doing next. That was the case for a student of mine. He had an assignment he needed to do and kept putting it off, week after week. After the second week, I realized he didn’t fully understand the assignment and what he needed to do to finish it. So I asked him to put his imagination to use to help solve this problem by:
I asked him to imagine himself doing the assignment. I told him he didn’t have to start it right now, but I wanted him to imagine it, and if couldn’t imagine it, look up and make sure he understood the task. So he looked it up, and then imagined what he needed to do to get it going; whether it was creating an outline or starting to do some research or just making a step by step plan.
And I don’t just use this with my clients. I use it all the time. In fact, just before this video, I was laying on my couch, and I was having a really hard time motivating myself. So I imagined the next task I had to do, and I imagined myself doing it and figured out what the steps were I needed to take. And it worked, I was able to get myself organized in my mind and motivated enough to get up and get going.
Did you know that you can save more than $20K a year by going to Canadian Universities, as compared to American ones?
There are many other reasons why American students might want to consider Canadian universities. Join us as guest expert Whitney Laughlin, Ed.D maps out the reasons why you ought to consider Canada for higher education.
Differences and similarities between the Canadian and American university systems
8+ reasons benefits to choosing a Canadian university over an American one
4 reasons why you might NOT want to consider a Canadian university