“What Kind Of Student Do I REALLY Want To Be?”

Does this sound like a teen you know? He says that he wants to be a good student, but what he is doing is totally not aligning with that. However, he is convinced that he is trying Hayden Lee, ALC | Academic Life Coaching for Teens to be a good student!

You may know a teen who says she wants to be one thing, but what she is doing is counterproductive to making it happen!

What can we do to help teens distinguish between what they think they’re doing, and what they’re really doing? Continue reading

6 Successful Behaviors Teens Can Do Now Before School Ends!

Girl Looks upWith 2015 in full swing, now is the perfect time for high school students to consciously implement these 6 behaviors to get the most out of the remainder of the school year!

1. Open Mindedness. It is critical for teens to not only take the time to reflect on what is currently working and not working, but it is just as important for them to be open minded to try new ideas. Being open-minded to learn new things will allow them to explore new possibilities and achieve more than they ever imagined.  Continue reading

13 Teen Habits to Ditch Now!

Here are 13 common habits that teens routinely do that make success harder for Teens Brick Wallthemselves. Fortunately, for every “not useful” habit, there’s a useful one to replace it. Let’s ditch the “not useful” ones and work on the habits that will make success easier and less stressful!

1. Procrastination and distractions. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, video games, staring at the wall…these are all activities that many students would rather be doing than starting their homework or studying ahead of time. Continue reading

13 Teen Habits to Ditch in 2015! (Part 2)

Here’s PART 2 of 13 common habits that teens routinely do that make success harder for Kids on stepsthemselves. Fortunately, for every “not useful” habit, there’s a useful one to replace it. Let’s ditch the “not useful” ones and work on the habits that will make success easier and less stressful in 2015!

Did you miss Part One…common habits 1-5? Click HERE.

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13 Teen Habits to Ditch in 2015! (Part 1)

Happy Student Peace Sign2014 is coming to a close. A new year and new school semester is just around the corner. I love this time of year because it gives teens the opportunity to reflect on what worked well and what didn’t work well.

Here are 13 common habits that teens routinely do that make success harder for themselves. Fortunately, for every “not useful” habit, there’s a useful one to replace it. Let’s ditch the “not useful” ones and work on the habits that will make success easier and less stressful in 2015!  Continue reading

Heard of Teen “Nature Deficiency Disorder”?  

I just got back from an amazing camping trip in Joshua Tree, CA. It was nice to get awayHayden Joshua Tree from the hectic lifestyle of the city. I must admit that the first half day of not having any cellphone coverage was tough, but the more I got used to it, the more I liked it. The weekend left me feeling relaxed. The serene natural views of the desert gave me time to reflect on the type of person that I want to be. As a result, I came back from my mini-vacation feeling recharged, motivated, and excited to get back to work.

I recently came across the fascinating article below from Los Angeles Teen Therapist Sandra Dupont, MFT discussing something called “Nature Deficiency Disorder” in teens. Could increased exposure to nature help our teens be happier and healthier, which could lead to increased motivation and productivity?

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5 Phrases Successful Students Never Say

Students laptopSuccess is a journey, not a destination. Success is a lot more about the process than the end result. Success is about identifying specific goals and making small, daily action steps toward what you want that eventually become useful habits. Having coached scores of teens, here are 5 phrases that I’ve heard countless times at the beginning of the coaching relationship that dissipate as teenagers start transforming into the confident, motivated, and successful student that they want want to become.  Continue reading