As people, we place so much emphasis on competition with others that we set ourselves up for failure in our lives. The reason is simple; it is extremely difficult to be the best at anything with so many other people to compete against. I think the secret is to focus on competing instead with yourself. … Continue reading Compete with 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
I was recently watching a TEDx talk called, “Five Principles of Extraordinary Math Teaching” and I recommend you watch it for yourself. The speaker at one point said, “Not knowing is the first step toward understanding”. I immediately wrote that down on paper as it struck me as important for students to know. Not knowing … Continue reading Know what you don’t know
I had a student a few years ago that was used to doing everything perfectly. For the first few months in the class, she never made a single mistake. Then, on one test, she made her first mistake and lost one mark. She had a difficult time accepting that she was not perfect on this … Continue reading Good news: you’re not perfect!
It has been said that people’s stuff grows to fit the amount of space they have. So, when people buy a bigger home, they always end up getting more things to fill it up. In the same way, the amount of time you have to complete your work, determines how much time you will spend. … Continue reading Work expands to fit the time
When you were a toddler, you learned to walk. First, you started by pulling yourself up, holding onto furniture perhaps. You probably fell down more than a few times. You never gave up, you just kept getting back up and trying again, until you were able to walk on your own. You were willing to … Continue reading Most learning is trial and error
It occurred to me that I never really understood mathematics, even while I was studying it in University. As a student, perhaps I believed it was the job of my teachers to give me understanding. More likely is that I did not desire understanding at all. Instead, I was working only to get good grades … Continue reading Teach others to really learn
It has been said that we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Perhaps you are meant to listen twice as often as you speak? In my opinion, you learn a lot more when you listen to others than when you talk, provided you are ready to receive the knowledge. That is, you … Continue reading Less talk, more listen
A lot of people think success is just a matter of luck. This explains why people play the lottery, hoping their luck will lead to success. There are many stories of people who won the lottery and then wasted all the money. Perhaps the problem was that they tried to get something for nothing and … Continue reading What’s luck got to do with it?