Why Your Disadvantages May Be Your Biggest Asset

Why Disadvantages might be a big asset in college admissions

Would you rather be the smartest person in an average school or the middle student at the smartest school?

Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath has a wealth of wisdom about how to approach college admissions sanely.

Megan shares key insights from reading this book and turns them into an interesting list of tips for families about how to choose the right college for you. Specifically, she and Gretchen talk about:

  • the need for legitimacy and why that’s a good thing
  • research that shows why dyslexic students may be better of in some regards than neuro-typical students
  • how to support kids who encounter challenges without breaking their spirits
  • why, in the college admissions process, it isn’t always better to choose “more”

If You Want to Be A Better Writer, Improve This First!

Does your poor typing slow you down when writing essays?

During client sessions, I often have an opportunity to watch my clients type. They often make so many mistakes that they are constantly deleting what they typed…and rarely can their bumbling fingers keep up with their brilliant minds.

Poor typing skills are not only frustrating but it is also stifling to creativity and the natural thought process. In this video, I discuss the possible reasons you or a student you know may be having difficulty as a writer. There are many resources out there to help sharpen your typing abilities, speed, and accuracy. I love to hear success stories. Leave them in the comments section above!

With the school year suddenly looming, now is the perfect time to get yourself some more tools to rock your grades this year. Click here to check out my favorites! 

How to Make Your Social Media College and Job Ready

Colleges are increasingly checking out students’ online social media profiles to decide whether they are worthy of admission into their schools.

Colleges are increasingly checking out students’ online social media profiles to decide whether they are worthy of admission into their schools.

How college and job ready is your social media presence?

Megan shares some stories, tips and tricks about how students and families can ensure that social media won’t be a reason to miss out on getting into your favorite college, including:

  • stories of students who didn’t receive scholarships or key athletic positions because of their social media presence
  • 5 kinds of things NOT to post on social media or via email
  • several tips for hot to monitor social media usage so that you are college and job ready


Looking for more tips about how to get prepped for college? Click here.

Four Awesome Apps to Learn To Use This Summer

Do you have trouble keeping track of all of your To Do Lists and School Projects?

There are so many awesome apps out there to help you manage your time. Since it is summer, this is a perfect opportunity to discover and play with new time management applications.

In this video, I discuss a flashcard tool “Anki”, newly improved “Habitica”,  alert app “Way of Life” and organizational tool, “ToDoist”.

Would you like more creative solutions to time management and study woes? Check out my online course the Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying. It’s great for grown-ups and teens alike.

How to Have Meaningful College Visits in the Summer

How to Have Meaningful College Visits in the SummerJust because it’s summer and students aren’t on campus doesn’t mean that you can’t have a rich, meaningful college visit.

In fact, summer is one of the most practical times for families to visit colleges around the country, as a part of their summer vacations.

So, how do you make sure that you glean as much information as possible when you’re walking around a campus that’s not humming with students?

In this episode Megan and Gretchen break down the following:

  • the four biggest benefits of visiting colleges during the summer (as opposed to the school year)
  • surprising questions that people often don’t think to ask, that can help you find out whether this is the school for you, and
  • some examples from a recent summer visit Megan took to Texas Women’s University to help amplify her points.

Here’s An Easy Fix to a Teen Calendaring Problem

Time management and organization are vital pieces for successful study habits and grades.

All too often, students do not have their cell phones or calendars attached to their laptops. In this video, I offer a simple way to connect and see the “big picture” of what needs to be done each week.

I am hoping everyone can benefit from this helpful tip!

For more helpful time management and study solutions for students, parents and educators please sign up for the Anti-Boring Approach to Successful Studying Course HERE

Memorizing Definitions: A Client Success Story!

Memorizing definitions accurately can be a real challenge for students. Not to mention booooring!

Here’s an “anti-boring approach” success story from a client who used what I call my “formula technique” to learn and memorize some complex definitions in a higher level class.  When I checked in with him at the end of the school year, he credited this technique for transforming his ability to be prepared for tests.

Check it out and let me know if it would work for you, too!


Would you like to learn more great tips like this? My online course The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying is filled with 30+ tools for rocking school.


Will This Tip Help You Control Your Impulses?

Alas! Grab the popcorn because the third, and final, video to my motivational series is here! 
The teenage brain is wired to have difficulty controlling impulses, which is my getting motivated to do school work can be so hard. 

Check out some brain science I shared with my client that helped him come up with a fun anti-procrastination experiment.

Did you miss the first two videos of my motivational series? No problem- click here to see the first video, and here to see the second. If you like what you see, check out more tips to rock school here.

Motivation Tip #2 — Know Where You Want to Go (Easier Said Than Done)

Last week I shared 5 different ways to tackle motivation with teens. This week we’ll look at one of them in more depth — the importance of figuring out where you want to go.

Goal setting is easier said than done, however, which is why many teens get tripped up with it. Watch the video to hear how a client and I did some troubleshooting around goals.

Tune in next week to hear my third and final tip on how to stay motivated. In the meantime click here for more awesome tips!

5 Ways to Tackle the “Motivation” Question

Do you (or any kids you know) struggle to get motivated about school? Chances are the answer is “Yes!”

Lack of motivation is a common complaint amongst the teens with whom I work. Here is how one of my high school juniors and I tackled the motivation question when he found himself struggling a few months ago.

Stay tuned next week for the next part of the motivational series. In the meantime, if you’re itching for more tips check this out.

3 Surprising Ways to Turn Your Math Grade Around

I know that summer is here for most students ..so math is the last thing you might want to think of. However, I couldn’t wait to share this trick!

The other day, I was talking with a client of mine who has been struggling in her math class. Trying to decide if she needed a tutor or not, we came up with some ways that might help her turn her grade around, and they worked!! Check out what we came up with:

What experiences do you have with coming up with creative solutions for turning your grades around? I’d love to hear. Also, check out this cool link that’ll give you more surprisingly awesome ways to be a great student!

Have More Fun AND Get Prepped for College This Summer

With June here, you know what’s right around the corner? SUMMER VACATION!! 

A couple months ago I was talking to a client of mine — a junior in high school — about how he can have fun this summer AND do some activities that will be great on his college resume. We hit upon a PERFECT solution for him — I watched his eyes light up as we found an awesome summer experience.

Check out the video to find out what we came up with, and how you (or a teen you love) can create the same kick ass summer experience for themselves. 

Looking for more tips about how to get prepped for college? Click here.

What Every Struggling Student Needs to Hear

Recently a young woman about to graduate from college called me desperate:
“I’m such a mess! I’ve almost failed out of school several times! I’m thankfully about to graduate, but now I’m scared that I’m too much of a disaster organizationally to live in the real world.”

I told her one sentence — the sentence that I tell all my new clients — and I could just hear the relief in her voice. EVERYONE needs to hear these words of reassurance, but especially students who struggle with learning differences.

Want more motivational to do better in school the anti-boring way? Check this out.

How to Get More Attention From Your Teacher

Do you sometimes feel you’re being ignored by your teacher? Or maybe you go to a study hall and you leave feeling you didn’t get enough attention?

If you’re feeling frustrated because you’re not getting the attention you need, perhaps this “no duh!” tip will help fix that problem (it totally did for my junior-in-high school client).


A Simple Tech Skill That Every Student Needs

How are your spreadsheet skills? As good as THIS 16 year old teen?

One of my daily delights includes teaching teens tiny technology skills (like how to create formulas in spreadsheets) and watching them do AMAZING things with their new knowledge. Check out how a client recently applied his new-found skill to a school project.

Excited for more tricks to help you become a better student and life navigator? Click here.


How to Stop Being Late to Class

We all know that we shouldn’t be late to class or to work, but it’s a bad habit for many of us!
Harrison, a college student I recently befriended, sat down with me to brainstorm some ways to help YOU stop being late to class.

Want some more creative time management tricks and tips? You’ll find some useful ones here.

Please Stop Doing This NOW!!

YOU! Yes, YOU! Stop making this mistake NOW!
So many of my clients try hard to be “normal” students. This often results, though, in a lot of pain and agony because they’re forcing themselves to go against the natural inclinations of their unique brains.
Do you identify with trying to force yourself to be someone you’re not, at work or school?

For more creative solutions to tricky study situations, click here.