Speech and Debate Success: Knowing your audience 

Unfortunately most middle and high school students don‚Äôt understand the importance of knowing their audience when giving a speech.¬†¬†Students on speech and debate teams across the country fall into the bad habit of speaking the same way about the same topics to virtually all audiences.¬†¬†Sure, in a perfect world we could all speak the same… Continue reading

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3 Keys for achieving goals with confidence 

Our confidence rises when we achieve success in something. ¬†However, success is not always easy to measure. ¬†An effective approach for building confidence is by developing challenging goals that are easier to measure. ¬†For example, a goal could be to learn a particular skill.¬† This can further be broken into segments with measurable outcomes, i.e.… Continue reading

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5 Tips to Improve Critical Thinking Skills

Live long enough and you will understand that the entire life is full of making decisions. ¬†Those decisions are often followed by actions which directly impact the outcomes we seek.¬† Therefore, achieving desired outcomes depends on making good decisions which require critical thinking skills.   Critical thinking is a valuable skill that anyone can improve… Continue reading

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When Will I Need This? Lessons You Can Still Take From Dull Assignments

Suppose you’re sitting in history class learning about¬†Chinese dynastic system.¬†Like some students, you may ask yourself: “When am I ever going to need this?” After all, you want to be a chemist. It’s a valid question.¬†When¬†will you need the dearth of information you absorb in school every day? The truth is, maybe never. It all… Continue reading

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Academic Expectations: Making the Transition from High School to College.

With the school year drawing to an end, recent high school graduates are scrambling to¬†ready themselves for their collegiate journey. Between¬†registering for¬†classes and decorating dorm rooms, it can be easy for students to overlook preparing for the¬†academic transition from high school to college. What factors constitute an ‚ÄúAcademic Transition‚ÄĚ?¬†A smooth academic transition requires a specific… Continue reading

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