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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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The Single Most Damaging Mistake Every Loving Parent Inflicts On Their Kids

“You are smart!” I’ve said it to my kids thousands of times over the years. And it’s terrible, awful parenting. Really, it is. Telling kids they are good, or smart, or talented is a surefire way to decrease their motivation and reduce future performance. One of the most common parenting mistakes is to think they…

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Kids and Effort: When Will It “Kick In”?

We are huge here at Study Smart System on praising kids for effort instead of results. The research is in – and focusing on effort instead of outcome results in kids getting better results over time. The reason: kids can control their effort. Still, lots of parents see their kids still not really pushing the…

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80% of “Not Great” Students Have This One Unsolvable Problem – But They Can Still Be Great Students

Are you the parent of a student having problems like this in school? Getting Bs and Cs when you know they are easily capable of As Does not begin major assignments until too late Sometimes doesn’t hand in the homework they completed so they lower their grade Minor behavior problems in school, like talking too…

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How to Learn Sumthing Even if you are Stupid

“I am stupid.” Are these heartbreaking words something you’ve heard before from your kid? Some of the most heartbreaking words a parent can hear from their kid are “I am stupid.” How can you respond to these word without sounding like a dope yourself? Just saying “No you are not stupid” is closer to a playground taunt than…

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Tips to Support Your Kids’s Efforts

The economy is tough these days and kids know it, no matter what economic background they come from. They are constantly reminded at school and at home. It’s hard for parents not to nag at kids constantly to work hard and study and do well so they can get into a good college and get…

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