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Do You Really Want Better Grades?  This is the Answer… “Your materials, Pat, gave me an edge to learn better in school. I learned to read two to three times faster, memorize information quicker and take notes easier. When I go to college, chewing through heavy loads of information at night will be more efficient. Your workshop taught me how to utilize quality time over quantity time in a quick and easy way. The methods that you have taught will be a tremendous benefit for me throughout my senior year, college, medical school, and even beyond. Thanks a lot Pat!” -Tony Vu, High School Senior “Patrick Dougher’s How To Get Better Grades program, changed my life and how I view getting homework done.” In the first 37 minutes of this How To Get Better Grades program You Can be READING up to TWICE as fast! Discover how you can learn …

The Ultimate University and College Freshers Guide Part 3 – What happens when the work really starts?

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So you’ve arrived at university or college, you’ve been to every freshers ball, you’ve got drunk, you’ve had the first experience of what a student hangover feels like and you’ve got drunk again. You have loads of new friends and have found your way around campus. You’ve even worked out how to cook, everything in life is rosy and then you wake up! Its Monday, its very early and your head hurts and your brain vaguely remembers that you have to be somewhere on campus but where Then it dawns on you are at university or college and your lectures start in 15 minutes! Run! This final part of the ultimate university and college freshers guide aims to answer the question “What happens when the work really starts?” Most universities and colleges will be very welcoming and try to ease you into the process of work gently. You will probably …

The Ultimate University and College Freshers Guide Part 2 – Eating on a budget

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You have made it through freshers week at university or college relatively unscathed. So what’s the next hurdle in student life? Well trying to feed your self on a budget can be a daunting prospective never mind actually cooking. The main advice is eating is essential! You may think that you can survive on booze and coffee but eventually you’ll be ill. Food for many of you will be something that you have just taken for granted. You come home from school/college/work and there is a dinner waiting for you, you get up in the morning and there is cereal in the cupboard and milk in the fridge. So feeding yourself may come as a bit of a shock when you first arrive at University or College. You may think you can get by with biscuits and take-away but, depending on how flush you are, you will eventually run out …

The Ultimate University and College Freshers Guide Part 1 – It’s all about meeting people

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So here’s some advice on what happens when you get to University or College and your parents disappear in a cloud of tyre smoke. Your standing there with all the other students and freshers you don’t know. The campus guide is confusing the hell out of you and it’s all a little scary. Well, the first thing to realise is that every fresher at university or college is in the same boat. Now that may seem obvious but it is easy to forget when your heart is going at 1000 beats per minute, your head is spinning and your stomach feels like its rejecting your body! You will be scared and other students will be scared so don’t be fooled by other peoples bravado, its just a defence mechanism! What you have to remember is to be sociable even if you feel like you want to curl up in a …

Teaching reading to your child

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One of the most effective teaching methods for children is to use materials that the child has a natural interest in. Teaching reading to your child is no exception. Our kids (as I’m sure most kids) have a natural interest in animals. Right from the beginning we had great success using their natural curiosity and affection for animals to teach the basic formations and sounds that are associated with the letters and pictures. This naturally progressed into using the same to aid in teaching reading to them as well. There are several children’s magazines available for you that are dedicated to the animal child connection. As our kids got a bit older we even subscribed to a couple of the magazines for them. You talk about generating an interest! Just wait till the kids realize that every so often the mailman brings them a present. They couldn’t wait and it …

Learning Math With Manipulatives – Base Ten Blocks (Part III)

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In the first two parts, representing, adding, and subtracting numbers using base ten blocks were explained. The use of base ten blocks gives students an effective tool that they can touch and manipulate to solve math questions. Not only are base ten blocks effective at solving math questions, they teach students important steps and skills that translate directly into paper and pencil methods of solving math questions. Students who first use base ten blocks develop a stronger conceptual understanding of place value, addition, subtraction, and other math skills. Because of their benefit to the math development of young people, educators have looked for other applications involving base ten blocks. In this article, a variety of other applications will be explained. Multiplying One- and Two-Digit Numbers One common way of teaching multiplication is to create a rectangle where the two factors become the two dimensions of a rectangle. This is easily …

Learning Math With Manipulatives – Base Ten Blocks (Part II)

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In part one of this article, you read about representing and adding numbers using base ten blocks. Once these two skills are mastered, it is time to move onto many a child’s nightmare: subtraction. Subtraction, as you may have heard, is essentially addition in reverse. It can be an arduous task on paper, but it can be quite easy with base ten blocks. Recall that there are four different base ten blocks: cubes (ones), rods (tens), flats (hundreds), and blocks (thousands). Groups of ten base ten blocks can be regrouped or traded for equivalent amounts of other base ten blocks; for instance, ten cubes can be traded for one rod because both are worth ten. For subtraction, it is useful to know how to trade down rods, flats, and blocks. Trading down means converting larger place value blocks into smaller place value blocks. For instance, one flat can be traded …

Learning Math With Manipulatives – Base Ten Blocks (Part I)

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Base ten blocks are an excellent tool for teaching children the concept of addition because they allow children to touch and manipulate something real while learning important skills that translate well into paper and pencil addition. In this article, I will describe base ten blocks and how to use them to represent and add numbers. The numbering system that children learn and the one most of us are familiar with is the base ten system. This essentially means that you can only use ten unique digits (0 to 9) in each place of a base ten number. For instance, in the number 345, there is a hundreds place, a tens place and a ones place. The only possible digits that could go in each place are the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9. In this example, the place value of the ones place is …

It’s a Good Time to Become a Teacher

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– Are you looking for a rewarding career? – Have you ever thought of becoming a teacher? Turn your love of learning in to a love of teaching and experience the joy of helping students discover their potential. Teaching today requires more than just caring about students and knowing one’s subject well. It is the job of an educator to know what motivates students, how to diagnose their strengths and weaknesses, and how to create and atmosphere in which students thrive. Being a teacher is a rewarding and demanding profession and it has the power to shape America’s future. If you want to change lives for the better, pursuing a teching career can be the right choice for you. Teacher Responsibilities Teachers help students learn and apply concepts in subjects such as English, Science and mathematics. They take action using interactive debate or a practical approach to help children understand …

Is Time Your Enemy? Conquer Time with an “Unschedule!”

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Time can be your friend or your enemy. For many people who have “free time” to accomplish long-term projects or writing tasks, it is a merciless tyrant. It is just too easy to allow the slightly harder task to slide, as you fill in your day with the humdrum and the emergencies. The Enemy You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You In Procrastination: Why You Do It; What to Do About It by Jane Burka and Lenor Yuen, the authors suggest that procrastinators (which I’m convinced means most of us) have a strange relationship with time. They engage in “wishful thinking:” they believe that they can magically pull and stretch time to meet their needs. They act as if time is not finite and limited. So if time perpetually controls you, it may be because you don’t understand it. You think that small tasks will be endless (so you put off …

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