In honor of Valentine’s Day, let me ask you a question about “love”. What do you LOVE to do and why do you love doing it? Teens may readily be able to answer what they love to do, but answering the second part of the question may involve some self-reflection that they’re not used to. However, the “why” could hold the key to unlocking sustained positive motivation. Continue reading
At the heart of many teenagers’ academic struggles lie motivation and confidence. With a new year and new semester, many teens may be making New Year’s resolutions/ goals to “get better grades,” “study more,” or “be a better student.”
However, as an Academic Life Coach for teens, let me tell you that simply having a New Year’s Resolution or goal doesn’t work. Here’s why… Continue reading
WISHING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!
FOR ALL THE TEENS OUT THERE…
A huge THANK YOU and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you all!
Thank you to each and every one of you for making my 2013 awesome! And here’s a toast to all of us for an even better 2014. I wish you and your loved ones an amazing holiday season!
As we celebrate the holidays and roll into the new year, please take the time to watch this short video below. What is your MINDSET? Did you know that there are two MINDSETS and one of them is more useful to achieving what you want? Which mindset do you have? Which mindset does your teenager have?
The Recipe for Academic Success
If you are not getting the grades that you want or are super stressed trying to get those grades, then you’re probably not doing ALL three steps in the Recipe for Academic Success at the same time.
CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW to learn more about the 3 “ingredients” in the Recipe for Academic Success. Continue reading
Let’s be proactive this year, not reactive! Being proactive means staying on top of your work and communicating with your teachers on a regular basis. Being proactive is asking questions and solving problems as soon as they come up instead of ignoring them and putting them off. Being reactive is not taking any action until something bad happens as problems just get bigger. Here are 4 questions that can help you start off the year on the right track. Continue reading
This is the perfect time for teens to reflect on the past year. What contributed to their success? What would they do differently next year? It is important for teens to self-reflect and celebrate their successes as well as think about how they want to improve for next year. Continue reading
Back to School success starts now! Having teens start the year off with a proactive approach can make all the difference. In order for teens to set themselves up for academic success, they need to become self-aware of how they motivate.
There are two primary ways that get us moving:
- Moving away from what we want to avoid
- Going toward what we want to get Continue reading
This year’s graduates have tossed their tassels and are now preparing to embark on an incredible journey. There were some amazing 2013 commencement speeches made at graduation ceremonies that inspired students as they enter a new chapter in their lives.
But as I read through many of the great presentations, I noticed a similar theme. All of the speeches seemed to inspire young adults to think about success differently, to be lifelong learners, and to find their own way to link their work with a sense of purpose and passion. These are all valuable skills that I strive to instill in my teen clients. However, the questions that persisted in my mind were, “Why are these valuable life lessons being bestowed at the END of their education? What could be possible if this great advice was integrated into young people’s lives from the BEGINNING?” Continue reading
It’s Summer Vacation! I’m sure that your middle school or high school student had a challenging year. It’s time for everybody to relax (just a bit) and take a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of the school year. It must also mean that it’s time for your teen to toss his backpack in the closet, forget everything he learned and neglect to take any time to self-reflect about what he wants to do differently next year, right? Wrong!