Thanks, Mom!

The last time my mom came to visit she did my dishes. I wasn’t so happy. She’s coming to visit again this week and I’m really excited because she’s going to help me clean out my closet (she doesn’t know it yet, hee hee!) What’s the difference between the two? Why was I not so happy when she did my dishes, but now I’m excited for her to help me clean out my closet? Watch the video to find out why…

What kinds of questions do you think would be okay for your parents to ask you? Parents, what kinds of questions have you been successful in asking your teens about homework?

Parents, have you been successful in asking your teens about homework? What has worked?

If you would like to discuss further or for more study tips and tools please feel free to contact me here.

For a fabulous book on this topic I recommend: The Self/ Driven Child by William Stixrud and Ned Johnson.

The Wacky Hair-do

Sooo…this week I talk about how to make sure that you check for assignments that you think you’ve missed…however, I couldn’t help but notice as I reviewed the video that there’s a little piece of hair sticking out, ha! The morning I made this video it was very early in the morning…usually my best thinking time. While my piece of hair sticking out has little to do with the content, perhaps it’s a good lesson in…being yourself or at least…a little humor to start off your week.
Enjoy and as always, if you’d like to talk more about study skills (hair is obviously not my expertise, although I do love my hair stylist) please feel free to contact me here.

Breaking Down Tasks…in A

Some of my students like to take breaks after they are finished with one task and others like to do it by time. Do you prefer one over the other? Also, if you are feeling overwhelmed and would like some help in breaking down tasks and/or for other study tips please feel free to send me an email or contact me here.

Public Transportation Chaos

Transportation Woes

How do you break down tasks? Feel free to send me a quick email!

If you would like more techniques to feel less stressed out about school work please reach out. You can either respond to this email or contact me here.

Wishing you a lovely rest of the week!
Warmly,
Sarah Weidman

Does Studying for a Math Test Overwhelm You…Part #2

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So last week…we discussed how to study for a math test to make sure you know you know the information. 

This week, I want to give you another technique that I also suggested to my student in studying for a math test.



First, make a chart like the one below: the concepts are running down the left hand side and whatever information you think is important go across the top. I have a few suggested in the picture below:

 You’ll notice that I have a “don’t forget to…!” row.
So many students say to me, “Oh no, I understand the problem, I just forgot to…”  Because math is so detailed and precise if you do forget one little step the whole problem gets thrown off…and again we want to train the brain to catch the mistake and then correct it.

As always, I’m curious to know if you used this technique and how it went for you! If you would like more suggestions for study habits and tips please feel free to reach out.

Also, if you are or you know any young adults that would like some support, please contact me about the Adulting for Young Adult Support Group.

Wishing you a wonderful week!

Warmly,

Sarah Weidman

Is Studying for a Math Test Overwhelming?

Two reminders this week! One it is not too late to join our young adult group: Adulting for Young Adults. If you are or know anyone who is a young adult in the Bay Area (we will be meeting in San Francisco) who perhaps had some interesting and unexpected swerves this group might just be for you! Click here for more information.

Also, are you an educator or a parent or maybe both? Curious about the foundations of my work? Gretchen Wegner (my mentor and colleague) is offering the Art of Inspiring Students for this Fall. t is informative, practical, fun and interactive! I invite you to take a look here.

And now to the topic of the day…

Is studying for a math test overwhelming?

Do you struggle with knowing what and how to study for an upcoming test?

One of my students has an upcoming history quiz and calculus test. I asked him which he was feeling more insecure about and he said “Calculus.”

When I asked him, “why?” he said, “Well, because when I do the homework it seems like I got it, but then on tests…I just don’t know.” 

Okay, maybe that’s just me.

Pause here for a moment with a (echem) possibly hypothetical scenario here: have you ever sung a song confidently in the shower (or hummed it to yourself) and then decided to sing it at a karaoke party realizing that actually you don’t know the words at all?

But here’s the point: the only way to know if you (or I) know the words to the song before getting to the karaoke party is to actually put practice the words at home (right?).

So similarly, the best way to practice for a test that is to test yourself on the material. Here is a simple way to do that:
 

  1. Pull out you completed homework. 
  2. Find the problems you answered incorrectly.
  3. Do the problem[s] again or ones similar to it with your notes in front of you even if you only missed one step.
  4. Do the problem again without your notes.

*A note about step three: It’s really important to both do the problem with your notes in front of you to make sure you that you are doing the steps correctly and to do it even if you only missed a step [as was the case with my student] because you want train the brain to catch the mistake and correct it.

I’ll be back next week for another math tip. In the meantime if you have any tips or suggestions for how to study for math that have worked for you…or you have any embarrassing karaoke stories that you’d like to share I would love to hear from you!

Do Daily Tasks become Overwhelming when the Project becomes too big?

I’m going to answer this question in one sec!

But first, are you or do you know any young adults 18-26 in the San Francisco Bay Area? Has life given you some surprising turns? I am excited to announce that I will be co-facilitating a young adult support group Adulting for Young Adults with Richard King, M.F.T starting in September in San Francisco. If you would like to know more, please contact me here.

And now on to today’s blog and video post!

 Have you experienced that daily tasks become overwhelming when the project gets too big, especially when you’ve been out of the routine for awhile? I imagine a lot of you might be going through this as you start up the school year.

 Here are five steps to make the daily tasks seem a little easier…

 First, identify your goal. One of my client’s big goals is to have a life/school balance. 

 Second, write down a list of actionable daily/weekly tasks that will help you reach your goal. Make sure that these tasks are actionable [if someone were to look through the window or listen in what would they see/hear you doing).

 Third make the list visible. Put the list of of tasks in a place that you can see them (better yet, hang it in a  public place like the refrigerator in the kitchen for greater accountabilty.

Fourth, mark each day (maybe a sticker if you like those) when you do the task. 

Fifth, reflect (mentally or written) on your tasks. 

  • Are you tracking them? 
  • Do you need to break the tasks down into smaller bits to make them more actionable?
  • Do you need accountability or a different kind of accountability? 

*Many of my clients prefer an electronic version of their daily tasks. While I am old-fashioned, I do realize we are in 2019. If you decide to make this list electronic,  make yourself accountable by sharing the tasks on a google doc or spreadsheet with someone that will help you keep to your goals. 

I would love to know! What are your goals this semester? What daily/weekly actions will you take to meet them?