Actually, the title should be Take Notes, but I wanted to get your attention. I had a Quora question sent to me last week: “What is the importance of effective note-taking?” Engagement.That is the very short answer.  If you are taking notes, presumably, you are reading a text carefully or listening intently to a lecture. In other words, you are paying attention.It is difficult to take notes without being engaged to some degree.  I am always rattling on about being enga...
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When you are writing an essay, don’t forget to put “you” into it. An essay is intended to present your opinion or argument, so it is essential that the reader is able to find you.
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No – don’t.  Do not wait one more moment to read this blog, to start that exercise routine, or to begin learning.That is how procrastination begins. “I will wait until the weekend.” “I will wait until tonight.” “Maybe tomorrow morning will be better.” “Hmm… what about Wednesday.”You have heard the expression, “Tomorrow never comes.” Sometimes, it seems like there is never a good time to g...
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Yes, summer has officially arrived. Every year I recommend that students do a little tutoring in the summer.  It is the perfect time to use strategies to retain lessons learned and to prepare for next year.Oh – and don’t worry, there are still hours and hours and hours and hours to swim, dance, play video games, jump, fall, eat, do nothing, and so on!Covid-19This year the recommendation is even more relevant.  Many students have lost some of the lessons they should hav...
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I received another interesting question this week.  To be honest, at first I thought this question was not that interesting; however, on second thought, there was more to say.  Let’s have a look.Why is it important to improve a weak essay?Well, there is the obvious answer.  If you want to achieve a good grade, you need the best essay you can write.  It seemed, at first, that this question did not really require an answer beyond the obvious.After a moment, I realized tha...
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One of my students recently asked about the concluding paragraph. He was stressing a bit about an essay he needed to write, and he was not sure how to go about addressing the concluding paragraph.
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Online learning offers loads of benefits and fun!
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Join me Wednesday morning at 9 am! Let’s talk and share.
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Next week (Wednesday, April 29), in addition to a general chat, I will be sharing some information about Raz-Kids, a fun platform for younger children to improve their reading skills. Also, I will redo some of my talk on CommonLit. I will walk you through the various steps and how to use these sites.
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Join me Wednesday mornings at 9 am!Let’s talk and share. This is a short blog to let you know about the livestreams coming up on my YouTube channel.Everyone has been tossed into a whole new world lately, and we all have questions, concerns, difficulties, and so on.  In a way, this Covid-19 situation is one of the largest teachable “moments” ever!For this reason, I thought some live streams would be helpful.I will be presenting a few tips to help parents and students w...
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