Hitting a Wall?

Have you ever heard someone say, “It’s like running into a brick wall? People tend to use this phrase when they face what seems to be an impossible obstacle or circumstance. Students sometimes make this statement when they are frustrated with their study efforts. When a student studies diligently and doesn’t make the progress they were hoping for, it makes them question their abilities. When they jump back in, study harder, and still don’t see a change, they feel as if they have “hit a wall.”

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Creating a New Normal

The phrase “new normal” has officially taken root in our cultural vocabulary. The worldwide pandemic has demanded life, work, and social changes none of us could have ever imagined. Our daily schedules and routines have been turned upside down and altered our habits and responsibilities. As with any unexpected change, we can choose to view our circumstances as obstacles to overcome or opportunities for growth.

Reflect and Revise

Self-reflection is always helpful in these situations. Consider asking yourself the following questions:

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What the Turtle Can Teach

At some point, most of us have heard the old story of the tortoise and the hare. As the story goes, these two very different and uniquely gifted animals set off on a race. The hare, or the rabbit, full of confidence and speed, is the expected winner. But as the story unfolds, we discover the determination of the tortoise, or turtle, results in him becoming the ultimate champion. It’s where we get the phrase, “slow and steady wins the race.” There are several things we can learn from our old friend, the turtle in this classic story of a race well won.

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No Periodic Table Required

When it comes to the Science section of the high school equivalency exam, GED, HiSET, and TASC testers are not expected to be the next Albert Einstein! No one will be asked to recite the periodic table of elements or rattle off a confusing series of formulas and solutions. Instead, students will be asked to read through a series of science-based passages and answer questions. This involves the basics of reading and reasoning as well as a general understanding of scientific concepts.

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Study Plans that Work

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a teacher push a stack of books toward you and say, “Here. Go study.” If that’s you, you are not alone!

This “go figure it out” approach to study stops many students dead in their tracks. It’s not that they aren’t willing to put in the effort, it’s simply that no one ever taught them how to study. Just like any other subject, study is a skill, and it CAN be taught. Here are five helpful tips to building an effective study plan.

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