February 20, 2018

Setting Ground Rules for Roommate Success

By Melisa Figueroa They say that roommates are the luck of the draw even with people you know. Some situations are picture-perfect, while others are less than desirable. There are some that start out great but turn sour, and others that start out rocky but turn into lifelong friendships. The key to success is keeping a balance of fairness and friendship to ensure that your apartment will stay a peaceful and positive place for all. Living with people who aren’t your family can be eye … [Read more...]

Did you know you have a memory personality?

Still having trouble remembering things? It might help if you knew your 'Memory Personality.' The concept of Memory Personality isn't totally new, but right now I'm working with neuroscientists to test, verify and document the theories I've developed out of my years of teaching memory skills to students and executives across the globe and not being able to reach everybody. Some were getting it and some just weren't! When teaching a memory technique and using things like memory pegs, it's easy … [Read more...]

7 Resources for Outstanding College Presentations

College students today have access to technology and tools that past generations did not. Today, students no longer have to spend countless hours hand-drawing maps, graphs and charts, and there are plenty of new options for presenting slides of information (not just PowerPoint). College students have plenty of work to do. And the workload can definitely become overwhelming. Presentations are just part of the normal academic demands. Between essays, exams and other assignments, presentations … [Read more...]

What It Takes to be a High Achieving Honor Student

High Achieving Honor Student. What do you think of when you hear that? You probably don't immediately think of an online student who is training for a marathon, working full-time as a Director of Finance and Brand Marketing, as well as being a full time tutor for a 9th grader… and all on top of that being a family man. However, that is what I think of because it’s what I’m living right now. That is my life, and I wouldn't change it for anything. In order to be able to achieve all these … [Read more...]

Six Best Benefits Of Getting An Education Online

  Online education has exploded in popularity over the last decade, and for good reason. Whether you have a day job, demanding responsibilities at home or prefer learn in an online setting, there are many benefits to getting your degree online. 1. Flexibility One of the things that online students love the most is the flexibility that it provides. Instead of going to English class at 10 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, you can read the material and complete the assignments at … [Read more...]

Study Smarter by Knowing Your Memory Mode

Students I meet on campuses across the country and around the world are always looking for new and better ways to do better on tests. One way I’ve discovered they can do this is by understanding the Memory Mode and how the brain triggers long term memory. When I teach my Memory Workshops we start by comparing Memory Modes to Learning Styles (audio, visual, kinesthetic) to help students see the difference and to understand that their memory mode is not a learning style but is a tool the brain … [Read more...]

Avoid tunnel vision for a faster read

Want to know the main reason that most people are reading at a much slower pace than they should be? They get tunnel vision! When reading, our eyes get a workout, moving fast and taking in all the information. As our eyes move faster they become stressed and the muscles fight against each other, leading to eyestrain, fatigue, and even headaches in some cases. It's at this fatigued stage that your vision becomes more 'tunneled' and as a result it takes more time to cover the same amount of … [Read more...]

Party Safe: Navigating the Wild World of Campus Celebrations

You are more than prepared for your first year of college. You’ve gone to campus and found all of your classes. You managed to cram all of your belongings into a shoebox of a dorm room, and you learned all the words to the school fight song for the first football game. But maybe you aren’t sure you are completely prepared for the college parties. The social scene is an important part of college life, but college parties can become dangerous situations if students don’t follow safe practices. … [Read more...]

Study Abroad: What You’ll Miss and Why It’s Worth It

The popularity of study abroad programs increase by 12 percent each year, reports the Unesco Institute for Statistics, and it’s easy to see why. Study abroad programs offer invaluable insight and life lessons. In fact, Harvard Business school now makes it mandatory for the entire class to learn and work overseas. As more students enjoy study abroad, many of them are slapped in the face with vast cultural differences. To avoid becoming a casualty of culture shock on your trip abroad, get ready to … [Read more...]

The Competitive Edge – Knowing How to Learn

Today’s education system very much benefits the rich and hurts the poor – and that’s a problem the way I see it. It’s the wealthy student that gets the chance to have tutors and the extra time and strategies and extra resources. But the education system of the future is heading towards a more self-directed learning model – and that’s a good thing. My overall vision is that education is something that you do for your whole life and not just something you do in school. Taking the skillset of … [Read more...]