study skills

Hey Students: Schools Are Dead


… but learning isn’t. I wrote my first book, Crush School: Every Student’s Guide To Killing It In The Classroom after realizing that most interesting education books are written for adults, and the ones students are forced to use in class mostly suck. They’re not just uninteresting. They are dull and written in some weird […]

Will You Assign Math Homework?

“I know you’ve heard it a thousand times before. But it’s true – hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice.” – Ray Bradbury Many studies report that there is little gain from homework, yet I’m not ready to give up on math homework altogether as I […]

Brain Hacking 302 – Active Learning: How To Take Awesome Notes & Learn


Notes… You can take them by hand on paper or you can use a device and take them digitally. There’s recent research that finds taking notes by hand leads to improved memory while learning and better test performance. This is because the pen/pencil users tend to paraphrase more, while the laptop users copy notes verbatim […]

This Ain’t No Industrial Age Homie: Teaching in the Information Age


Part 1: Preach Like Brother John “No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the Industrial Age” – David Warlick Seriously… I think it’s safe to say that the industrial times ended at least a couple of decades ago, but the U.S. Educational System (“The System”) is still at it: working hard […]

Ten Easy-to-Implement Suggestions to Help Disorganized Students


Disorganized students come in various guises: younger students, older students, male students, female students, well-manneredstudents, disruptive students, and , all too often, failing students. What these different students do share, however, is the tendency to be disorganized and overwhelmed. They are the ones still looking for their homework when everyone else has turned theirs in. […]