Persistence and the Fallacy of Ease

We live in a strange time. Never before in history has there been a cultural view that if you’re doing things right they”ll be easy. Or that difficulty is a sign that you are either dumb, or that people and the fates are against you. These feelings are powerful  but in some sense they are just an illusion. The real … Read more

Report Cards

It’s report card time in a lot of schools. This can be a time of great joy. It’s also a time of great frustration. What do you do when you have given something your all and you still end up failing. It feels like a moment of defeat. Your stomach feels sick and you are afraid that you’re going to … Read more

Why People Hate Math

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  This is my assignment, to do a mind map for an online course that I am taking. It was interesting to listen to what others had to say about their feelings on math, even top tier scientists and realize that I had a lot of excellent company, from all walks of life, sharing my feelings. To learn more about … Read more

Summer Reading Slump…

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Continuing in the Summertime theme I want to write a little bit about the summer reading slump. To be truthful, I am not a staunch believer that we can forget what we have truly learned quite that quickly. But that’s another article. With that caveat, i do believe that there is one big activity that can help maintain your child’s … Read more

The Power of Rest for Renewal.

Welcome to summer vacation. A time of rest and a time of renewal. Even if you loved school I am convinced that we need time away from formal learning to let our brains rest and process what we were taught. We need time to play without demands or expectations of achievement. As the summer starts for students and teachers alike … Read more

What Would Help You Most?

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So, I am curious. As I build this blog I have an idea of who I think I am writing for. However, I am curious about what people need from a tutor or a blog about tutoring. When I started my business tutoring students here in my town I planned to focus on Biology and Science but I found that … Read more

Want to know your current habits? Keep a journal.

Knowing what our current habits are is essential to taking action to change them. Every habit book I have ever read has advocated keeping a journal to identify what we’re doing at a given time. In the era of smart phones this is easier than ever. Keep a small book with you, I like the little, pocket sized Moleskine Journals … Read more

Why should I bother with habits when I hate being tied to routine?

Habits are powerful things and like all powerful things they have both light and shadow sides.  Because many of us, especially young people, are drawn to flexibility and the power of possibility we feel free when we are living completely in the moment we are often resistant to habits and routines. The thing of it is. We live our lives … Read more

3 key ideas for writing resolutions that work!

Happy New Year! Have you set your resolutions yet? Are they grand? Will your resolutions help you stretch yourself and grow? Or, have you given up on resolutions altogether because you always crap out on them and you’re tired of feeling bad about yourself for never living up to your dreams? I mean, no-one likes to feel bad about themselves, … Read more