Progressive Education for All

Effective Study Tips

Asks You Three Questions

Are YOU doing as well in school as you would like to do?

Are kids not quite as smart as YOU getting better grades than YOU?

Are YOU truly ready to do something about it?

Luis said YESLuis answered YES to all three of these questions when he was in 6th grade. He was frustrated with his performance in school. He knew he was smart but he just couldn't figure out how to get a handle on how to study. We worked with him to learn his learning style. As it turned out, the problem was not Luis, it was that Luis' learning style was being ignored. He was studying as if he were someone else so nothing made sense to him. No, we found that Luis was a visual learner. He needed to organize his learning into charts, graphs, lists and even those wonderous mind-maps. Once he did that, his grades soared. In 8th grade, and now in high school, Luis is consistently earning a 4.7 GPA. Pretty good for a student that was making Cs and Ds before.

Luis is NOT alone!

Heck no. Over the years we have interacted with thousands of students, each of whom seemed to be performing beneath their natural intelligence levels. In over 86% of the kids we worked with, they turned their poor performance in school around. Many have now graduated from college and are pursuing promising careers as they put many of the techniques that worked for them in school to work in their business lives. 

Is it YOUR turn?

School is the place where we learn to become. That may sound a bit like an incomplete sentence but, if you think about it, it is not. Our attitudes are shaped by the years we spend interacting with peers and adults in and out of classrooms. The truth is, that is pretty much all we learn in school, the habits that will follow us all through our lives. Learn bad habits in school, those will be the habits that follow you forever. Learn good habits, the same is true. I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who once said, Whether a man thinks he can or he thinks he cannot, he is right. Attitude is everything.

So if you are struggling in school, ask yourself, Is it my turn to stop struggling? If you think it is then we can promise you that we can help. 


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What Will You Learn?

What the very best answer to any question is.

How to make decisions between two answers that mean the same thing.

How to make decisions between two answers that mean the opposite thing.

What the best overall 'guessing' strategy is when you don't know the answer.

You'll learn the special techniques used only for reading comprehension tests

What you must do when you are running out of time.

You'll discover that not every question counts against your total score.

You'll learn that tests do not test your achievement or knowledge.

And so much more...

What Kind of Study Tips To Expect

We have two levels of study tips. The first is here on our website where we post new and exciting articles from time to time. Sometimes frequently and other times more slowly. 

For our e-mail subscribers, however, we post new tips as often as three times a week but never less than twice a week. Our e-mail subscribers are clearly entitled to special treatment.

No matter which level of subscriber you choose, the central topics of information we share filters through seven main categories. Each category carries some degree of overlap but in general, there is a level of distinction that carries across all seven.

1. Learning Styles or Multiple Intelligences

It is a well-known fact that we all learn differently. Some of us are visual learners, some physical, others tactile. Still, other learners are linguistically oriented while others are mathematical, logical, or scientific. Knowing your learning style goes a long way in deciding which of many available study tools you should use. 

2. Studying Smarter

There are many useful tools for studying smarter. Things like when, where and how much to study. When to study alone or in a group is another way to think about studying smarter.

3. Studying Harder

Under this category, we share stories that illustrate bad study practice. I share some of my own personal stories with teachers insisting there was but a single way to get to a choice result. Oh how wrong those folks are.

4. Time Management

Absolutely no one I know wants to spend all of his or her spare time with a nose in the books. With proper management of your time, you'll have time for studying and time for fun built into your schedule. There is no reason that you have to spend all your time studying to get the grades you deserve.

5. Effective Study

Of course, smart study is effective study but here we talk about some very specific things. We address things like the length of time each study session should be. We also talk about the requirement to reward yourself at predetermined moments. We also speak of the requirement to take breaks from study. Here, we emphasize the physical aspects of study sessions.

6. Problem Based Learning

More often than not, learning takes place when you have a question that needs answering. Posing a problem, even before you know anything about the topic, is an excellent way to approach any study session. It is a robust way to engage your brain when you sit down to work.

7. How to Overcome Boredom

Yes, sometimes you'll find what you are studying to be exceptionally boring. Maybe you just aren't interested. Maybe your teacher isn't selling the product as well as she should. Whatever the reason, you're apt to become really bored from time to time. The question is, what do you do when that happens. We have some great ideas that help.

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