What Motivates You Take This Quiz!

Do you love taking personality quizzes? Recently I told one of my clients (a 9th grader) that if we had extra time in my session, we’d do something “fun.” When I told her we were going to take a personality quiz, she totally perked up! I’m not...

How Many Creative Ways Do You Have of Using Flashcards?

Do you get bored by flashcards? Are they too repetitive, dull, and unmotivating? Not the way I teach students to play with flashcards! Recently I taught a student my special approach, and we reflected on how well she was able to “retrieve” the information...

How Forgetful Students Can Remember to Check Your Grades

Do you forget to check your grades online?! I’ve noticed that there’s a certain kind of forgetful student who probably should check their grades on a daily (or every-other-day) basis, but can’t seem to remember. In this video, I share a story about...

Want to Look Impressive to Colleges? Ask This Question.

Do you have the (faulty) idea that colleges are more interested in students who do a lot of different activities? Recently on my podcast my cohost and I were talking about things juniors in high school need to do to make sure they’re “on track” for...

286: SAT or ACT? How to Decide Which Test is Best

The most common question Megan gets from families is how to choose between the ACT, SAT or both? The answer is sadly not clear cut, so Megan walks parents through a number of considerations around the following three questions: Will either test work for my student?Do...

Always Running Late to School? Try These Two Things.

How’s your morning routine? Are you always running late? I have a client whose mom texts me every morning with a report about how the morning routine went for her 9th grader. Usually, her daughter is running about 1 minute late for the carpool, and so...

Please Stop Making Flashcards This Way

Are you used to making flashcards to learn vocab and other key terms? Do you love it or hate it? I find that most of the students I work with think flashcards are the best method to prep for tests. Although they’re kinda bored with testing themselves using...

Never Write These Words in Your Planner

Do you write in your planner? Congratulations!! You’re a step ahead of many students. 😉 But do you write THESE words in your planner? Please don’t! I’ll explain why in the video, but if you don’t have time to watch, scroll down for a copy of...

283: Is There a Perfect Planner for Students?

The perfect planner is so elusive! Gretchen shares some reflections about the criteria that EVERY planner system must meet in order to help students organize their lives… especially if they executive function issues. Specifically she and Megan discuss: Four problems...