Well, it's been awhile since I wrote, and I wanted to talk about the beginning of the new school year. I once again found that the summer break was nice, but I was eager to get back to school. I really enjoy working with young math students and feeling like I am productive and helping … Continue reading Back to School!
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
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
It has been said that an optimist is aware of the choice they have while a pessimist doesn’t see the choice at all. Do your best every day to be positive about your situation. You can’t always choose what happens to you, but you always can choose your reaction to it. As an example, when … Continue reading Choose your own attitude
It is good to be back writing again after my break. I have been meaning to write more than I have, but June was a busy month for me. I want to get back in the habit as I know how important that is, along with planning the exact times I will sit down to … Continue reading When am I ever going to use this?
It has never been easier to access information, thanks to the internet. We live in a time where people get things immediately, often with very little effort required. It is no wonder then, that students expect to learn things right away, without making a serious effort, over time. This is a bit like expecting to … Continue reading Mastery takes time and effort
I recently told my class to work on a new assignment, by reading the questions and answering them on their own. Almost immediately, some students voiced the concern that they hadn’t been taught how to solve the problems. My response was this, “If everything needed to be taught, then nobody would have ever discovered anything … Continue reading Teach and be yourself
There are math courses I have taught for the past few years that I am currently teaching. I still find proper preparation is very important for success. I review my notes and solve problems every week when preparing for class. Some people just hope or wish for success, without pushing themselves to make the effort … Continue reading Be Prepared
Taking action to get things done every day is one of the keys to success. Make your best effort in all you do and work toward the goals you have set for yourself. Use all your time in a positive way, to improve yourself and those around you through your example. Doing so, you let … Continue reading Worrying is a waste of time
Albert Einstein was quoted as saying, “Compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe”. In terms of money, interest compounds over time, as you earn interest on top of interest previously earned. For example, if you save $1000 and earn 10% interest per year, at the end of the first year you will … Continue reading Compound your interest