Near the end of the school-year, after final Exams have been written, there is always a drop-off in the number of students present in class. As I teach secondary school students, at an after-school math program, this is partly understandable. What I have noticed, is that the top students in terms of performance in my … Continue reading Are you present?
Well the final days of the school-year are winding down for me and I’m already looking ahead to summer with anticipation. I remember the feeling from last summer was that the break was great for the first week or two, but after that I was bored, as there wasn’t much to do. For this summer, … Continue reading Plan for summer?
As I mentioned in the previous post, you need to use the talents you are given, otherwise they are lost. Make sure to exercise your mind every day. Always question things that you are told, so that you deal in facts, and make up your own mind only after doing so. You should never say … Continue reading Do your own thinking
There is a ‘parable of the talents’ in the bible, in which a master gives to his servants each a certain amount of money, and this money is called a talent. Two of the servants use their money to make more money, and the master is very pleased with them. The third servant buries his money … Continue reading Use your talents
I was recently listening to a recording by Earl Nightingale, who said, "the vast majority of people have never sat down and written out on paper, a problem they wish to solve". It seems people wish to solve it, but that’s not good enough, since they actually never get started solving it. Napoleon Hill said … Continue reading How to solve a problem
I recently purchased a hybrid bike, and think that everyone should ride a bike. Perhaps this is just another chance to be more like a small child. As we get older, we lose track of some things we found fun when we were younger, and this is one of them. It really never is not … Continue reading So, I got a bike
My two young children teach me so much. When learning to ice-skate, my daughter was willing to get up many times after falling down. In fact, she even enjoyed falling down, maybe because she knew she was improving with each fall, as she learned what did not work. My son is learning to talk, adding … Continue reading Be like a small child
In the last while, I have started really enjoying using a planner to organize my days. It keeps me focused on the things I need to get done, and I seem to get them done without the need for worry. There is something about writing things down on paper, since it gets those things out … Continue reading Use a planner
I thought I would write a summary of previous posts, and wanted to come up with the most important habits of successful students. For sure, there are other habits that are important, but these are what I feel a successful student must do. Learn from mistakes (don't make the same mistake more than once, ideally) … Continue reading Top 10 Habits of Successful Students
In the last post, we talked about the benefit of competing against yourself. At the same time, one of our basic needs is to be with other people. Often in schools, students sit in rows of desks, and work individually a lot of the time. I believe learning almost always involves working with others. I … Continue reading Collaborate with others