Happy Halloween!

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All Hallows Eve

Halloween falls on October 31, which in the old Celtic calendar was the last day of the year, its night being the time when all the witches and warlocks were abroad.  On the introduction of Christianity it was taken over as the eve (even or e’en) of All Hallows or All Saints.

Brewers Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

 Of course, most young people know that the most important part is “trick or treating” – and the treats are the most important part of all!!

Have fun, enjoy, and be safe.


The Time is Now!

That’s right.

There is no time like the present to get started using good study skills.

It doesn’t matter whether you are reading this in October 2016 – or later in the year or early next year, etc., etc.

The best time to start using solid strategies to help you succeed whether in school or in the workplace is right this moment.  (Yes, I tutor adults who want to reach the next level or a totally different career as well as younger students.)

A lot of people manage to “talk themselves” out of getting started.

     “Well, I’ll start next semester because it is better to start on the first day.”

                    “I might be able to start next month once I get rid of this pimple.”

                    “I’m waiting for the winter because then I don’t want to go outside that 

much anyway, so I can study more.”

And on and on and on!

So, my recommendation is to avoid this kind of chatter and start a new one that gets you going.

                    “This morning, I am going to start taking notes.”

                     “This evening, I am going to review my notes and do a few math questions.”

                     “I am going to read my next science chapter using the SQ3R method.”

If you want more help to get started, don’t be shy in hiring a tutor – like me!


If you aren’t ready for personal coaching yet, here is a link to a wee course you can do online that might help you along the way:

Become an A+ Student!

Here are the first three tips of nine that I have posted on YouTube.  Put them into action, and you will see a vast difference.

Goal Setting

Well, it has been a while since I wrote a blog entry.  I have been focusing on getting my YouTube channel going and a new Paragraph Writing course that should soon be ready to send out to students.

I will keep you updated!

For the moment, I want to write a little bit about Goal Setting.

Goal setting is an excellent idea.

If done properly, it can be a real motivator and help you attain the things you want in school and in life.

Done improperly, goal setting can be frustrating and counter-productive.  In other words, you might be wasting your time!

Here are a few tips for setting goals:

  1.  Set realistic goals There is absolutely no sense in setting goals that are not attainable within a reasonable time frame.  You will only frustrate yourself.  Now, you can have long-term goals which are larger – and if your goal is really really big – let’s call those dreams.
  2. Write down your goals.  Keeping a written record will help you stay focused.  Keep your list of goals (short-term and long-term) in a place you can access frequently.
  3. Long-term goals should have short-term goals attached.  Maybe you want to become a famous chef with your own television show, cookbooks, and fans around the globe.  That’s fine (perhaps slightly in the “dream” category, but that’s okay), but how are you going to get there?   The short-term goals are the path to this ultimate achievement.

If you set realistic, attainable goals for the near future, you will be able to “check off” the steps you have taken to reaching those longer and larger goals.

This will make you feel empowered and ever more motivated to keep moving in the right direction.

A lot of students think they should not bother putting too much effort into their next essay or their next test because on previous occasions they haven’t achieve an A+.

Well, that is no reason not to set more realistic goals.  If your math grade last year / semester / term was a C-, then an A+ is not a reasonable goal.  I’m not saying that it is entirely unattainable; however, setting such a large goal at first will likely be a disappointment.

Set yourself a goal of getting a C+ on the next test, perhaps a slightly longer goal of getting into the B’s for the term or year (if still early in the session) and work toward that.

Once the goal is set to raise your grade – set a few goals that will help you get there.  For example, you can plan an hour each night to focus on that particular course – review notes (check) – practice a few questions (check) – look ahead to the next unit (check) – ask questions of the teacher or other students (check) – etc.

Each time you check off the steps you made each day and each week, you will feel yourself moving in the right direction and “getting somewhere.”

So, don’t give up on setting goals and making an effort to reach them, but DO be sensible in your approach.

You can set yourself up for success!

Here is a link to my YouTube video on goal setting.  Don’t forget to subscribe, like, or leave a comment if you wish.  My channel is just getting started – lot’s more to come.  (Yes, I am setting goals, too.)

YouTube Video: Goal Setting

Website:  www.tutoringcentral.com