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
I have written a lot about the actions you must take to be a successful student and person. But, what exactly is success? I believe success means something different for everyone. A good definition might be, ‘taking action every day to follow-through on your plans for reaching the goals you have set for yourself’. The … Continue reading What is success?
In my experience, students often get discouraged quickly when they make mistakes or get a low mark. Most learning happens when you make a mistake and use it as an opportunity to improve. Never let a mistake hold you back, since it should instead propel you forward. When you get an assignment or test back, … Continue reading Focus on Improving
I was having trouble choosing a topic to write about today. I had to remind myself to be definite and choose quickly. It seems that a lot of people go through life without ever deciding what they want for themselves. They never set goals that challenge them, so they do not accomplish much. They never … Continue reading Be Definite