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Should Schools Teach Happiness?

Okay, I’ve got today’s watercooler topic for you: Should schools teach happiness? Here’s a video for you to to review and weigh in on: The video is a short review of a happiness program at a German high school, designed to teach young people how to be happier. Critics argue it’s a gimmick designed to boost exam scores, since happy …Continue reading →

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11 Causes and Cures of Hostile Online Communication

Internet forums are wonderful sources of information; they’re also home to flame wars, trolling, arguments, misunderstandings, and incivility. If you’re like me, you visit forums to learn, grow and connect, but mining wisdom from hostile forums sometimes feels like trying to jam a camel through the eye of a needle. If you’re looking for a way to increase the civility …Continue reading →

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21 Critical Life Lessons You Didn’t Learn in School

If someone doesn’t take us aside and teach us a few things (assuming we’d listen) before we graduate high school, we are doomed to learn life’s hardest lessons in the real world beyond the classroom. With that in mind, here are 21 non-academic lessons every person should know before he or she graduates high school; if you graduated long ago (as I did), this list …Continue reading →


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10 Simple Ways to Ace Your Next Test

Whether you’re in high school, college, trade-school, or a pro-cert program, tack this list on the wall in your study area as a reminder of 10 simple things you can do to ace your next test.

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11 Causes and Cures for Procrastination

I wanted to write an article on procrastination, but kept putting it off. The irony is obvious, but what’s not obvious is why I put it off. So I’ll tell you why — because my life (like yours) is jammed full of responsibilities.


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The #1 Secret to Coasting Through College

Students sometimes ask me if I can suggest any time management techniques to help them cope with hectic academic schedules.  The way I respond to these inquiries depends upon the student’s specific situation, but the technique I want to share with you today is my #1 academic time management secret.

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Top 4 Reasons Adults Shouldn’t Fear Algebra

I cannot begin to count the number of intelligent adults I have met who are terrified of going to college because of math. The Grim Reaper of all classes seems to be College Algebra, a requirement for many degrees, and the mortal terror of many students. Apparently, a lot of people learned to hate and fear math when they were younger …Continue reading →

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8 Strategies for Parents to Help Children Improve in School

Is one of your children struggling in school? If so, I have 8 strategies to help you get him back on track.

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How to Memorize Anything

In college, I memorized 7 chapters of my psychology textbook — over 23,000 words. Yes, I could actually recite the entire 7 chapters to anyone willing to listen.


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How to Improve Your Grades in a Class You’re Failing

Are you in danger of failing an important class? If so, I have a plan to help you.

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