Boost Long Term Learning

When a person studies information that information goes in one of two places.  Short-term memory and long-term memory.  Quite often students cram information which places that data in short-term memory.  The problem, the information does not stick.  If long-term memory is the goal then check out the strategies below I recently found in a great educational article.  The article is geared towards teachers but the strategies are for students to try.

  1. Explain it to yourself as if you were doing a Tutorial 30-second speech.  It makes sense, right?  If someone is explaining the information then that information must not only be comprehended by the speaker and the bonus, the speaker is processing the information too.
  2. Reset your OWL.  Most teachers at Sussman practiced this technique a few years ago.  A person’s brain needs a break.  I have read varying opinions on the time frame, I say do what’s best for you.  Anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour a student should take a 5 or 10-minute break.
  3. Students should test themselves by trying to guess what will be on the test.  The better a student guesses the less time will be wasted on studying unimportant information.
  4. Students should use their Pioneer Passport to make a study schedule.
  5. Students should teach the information to a friend/dog/ little brother or sister.  Just like a tutorial, teaching helps a person master the information.

Be sure to read the entire article for more great tips and ideas on how to study.  Click here and tell me what has worked for you by commenting below!


How Much Money Do You Need To Make?

Ever play the game M.A.S.H. when you were a kid? Play the grown-up version to find out how much money you need to make to live the lifestyle you dream about.  Want to play M.A.S.H.?  Click here.

So what did your salary come out to be?  Mine was some crazy number like $300,000 dollars a year.  Try this site for numbers that are a little bit more realistic.

Here is another site that gives a different opinion on what a typical budget for a person who lives in Los Angeles, California.  Click here.

What if you decide to live somewhere else besides the Los Angeles area?  Click here to compare where you want to live with Los Angeles.

How Much do you have to make to be considered rich in the United States?  Click here.

Debt means a person spends more than they earn.  Check out the top 25 reasons a person goes into debt by clicking here.  Why would you go into debt?

Screenshot (176)

Where Have You Been?

I recently found this great map that allows you to color in all the places you have been.  So I decided to give it a try.  Below are all of the states that I have visited in the United States.

Screenshot (411)

Want to make a map of your own?  Click on the link– Maploco Visited States Generator. They also have maps for the Canadian provinces, the nations of Europe, and a world map.

Matt Court at the University of Oregon

I was lucky enough to go to a basketball game at Matt Court at the University of Oregon last night.  I even took a few pictures!


Oregon was playing the University of Colorado.

Hey, there’s the Oregon Duck!  He is the official mascot for the University of Oregon.


Since I was in Oregon for 5 days I got to go to two games.  The picture below is the game against the University of Utah.


Matt Court is a great place to watch a basketball game!


AVID and the Holiday Spirit

Christmas is coming soon and AVID 8 is getting ready!


Last week, AVID 7 and 8 students made placemats for the Meals on Wheels organization.  All the kids did a great job!  Check out the photo above with just a few of the placemats.

To thank the tutors for all of their hard work, AVID 7 and 8 wrote thank you cards.  We placed our thank you’s into stockings.  Each tutor had their very own stocking.


AVID hopes you all have a wonderful holiday season!

A Skill All Good Readers Have

What is the skill that all good readers have?   It is called Metacognition.   So what is metacognition, a person may be asking themselves.  It is the process of thinking about and controlling a person’s own learning experience.  In reading, this means the reader can carefully think about and understand what is going on in the reading.  The reader is aware of how he/she is thinking about what they are reading and doing something with that knowledge.  It’s like having a conversation in the reader’s mind about the reading.  Good readers with metacognition find meaning in the text and think deeply to comprehend what they are reading.  A person can learn to have metacognition while reading.  Click here to find out more.