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77 Scripts to Create a “Growth Mindset” in your kids

One problem with getting kids to study smart is: Kids don’t want to study in the first place. Teaching kids good study skills is a key component of getting better grades, yes it is. But there is crucial first step – actually sitting down to study. Being diligent about homework and study comes from caring about…

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The “Pretend to Care” Technique: Case Study Success

Update:  This is a real note we just got from our son’s teacher after doing the “pretend to care” technique described in this post. Here is the important text: “Hi Nicole, C did great on his quiz today. I’m so proud of him. It appears he’s stepping up his game after our conference. I thought you would…

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Effort Leads to Higher Intelligence: How to Get Your Kids to Try Hard

Why do some “smart” kids give up so easily? You might have this issue with your kids – they score well on standardized tests, but those good scores are not showing up in the grades. They just don’t seem to want to try with their schoolwork. It’s not that your kids are getting failing grades.…

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How to Get Your Kids to Like School, Studying, and Just About Anything

Recently, we got some negative feedback from our younger sons teacher. Apparently, he is a bit too laid back in his approach to school. We followed up with the teacher (who is an excellent teacher and one we trust), and it seems he was not very engaged in class, and is not participating in classroom discussions.…

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Back to School: Start Strong with a Simple “One Binder” System

Everybody is probably now back in school, and the homework and study time grind is being felt these first weeks of September. Some large amount of success in school (and in life!) comes from doing the basic work, the work that needs to be done. It’s not always pleasant, but this work needs to be done…

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How to Develop Natural Talent: A Case Study

We focus on practice here at Study Hacks because practice is so amazingly effective. Practicing makes people more talented. The effort and repetition involved with practice are the foundation of talent. Many people believe talent is you are born with – that talent is something that cannot be taught. This is wrong.Talent is mostly the result…

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How to make The Ultimate Cheat Sheet – and why you’ll never need to use it after you make it.

It was rumored to be the hardest test in all of high school. The final exam for Advanced Chemistry had dozens of formulas, plus bizarre information about electron shells. It was hard enough, the teacher allowed us to create a cheat sheet! Yes, that’s right, the teacher allowed us to cheat on this test! There…

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