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Another weapon in your arsenal against the procrastination monster

You know what you should do. Whether it be math homework or your literature paper or your doctoral thesis, you know that you will regret it tomorrow if you put it off today. You know what you need to do. You just don’t wanna do it. Or do you really know what you should be doing? I recently started writing another book, and the first few days, it was going swimmingly. I was making lots…

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Res(t)ilience – Yay! I invented a word!

I just read an article from the Harvard Business Review that inspired me to create a new word. The new word is restilience, from resilience + rest. I know, it’s super catchy, and you will be doing your bit to spread this word till all the crazy kids are saying it. Or maybe not. But let me get to my point. The article in question (Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure)…


Hips don’t lie: A lesson on perseverance

In a bout of nostalgia, I was poking around YouTube for music from the early 2000’s. (Gosh, early 2000’s rates on the nostalgia scale these days? I feel old. *) A string of hits, including this catchy tune from David Bisbal, populated the results. Take a peek. Come on. Admit it. You think it’s catchy too. But I digress. David Bisbal’s got a really nice voice and (perhaps overly) enthusiastic expressive arm gestures. He obviously…


From my bookshelf: Two tips to help you stay motivated!

I tend to balk at doing “What I am reading” posts since they strike me as navel-gazing. Why the heck do you care what I am reading? That said, I really enjoy other people’s posts about their reading lists. (I’m that annoying sort who will contort my spine in orthopedically unsound angles to see what you’re reading on the train.) So I figured, why not? Also, I’ve been short on ideas lately and haven’t written…


Lost in chemistry? 3 YouTube channels you need to check out! (Part III)

It is time for our third installment of YouTube channels to check out if you lost in chemistry. I bet you have been waiting for this on tenterhooks, haven’t you? Or maybe not. Here it goes anyway! Mr. Anderson Another teacher you may have seen in passing on Khan Academy is Mr. Anderson from Bozeman Science. In some ways, he is the polar opposite of Crash Course. Where Crash Course is flashy and fast-paced, Mr….


Still lost in chemistry? 3 YouTube channels you need to check out! (Part II)

What? You’re still flunking chemistry, even after our last installment on chemistry videos? Never fear! I know that Tyler DeWitt (from the previous post) doesn’t cover every topic under the sun. Or maybe you just need a change of pace. This week’s YouTube.com resource definitely provides a change of pace. Let’s check it out. Crash Course (hosted by Hank Green) A little background, first. Crash Course makes videos on many subjects. Hank Green is the host of the…


Lost in chemistry? 3 YouTube channels you need to check out! (Part I)

We all, uh, we all know about, uh, about . . . let me switch colors here . . . we all know about Khan Academy.  If you don’t get the joke, by all means, check out some Khan Academy videos by Sal Khan. They are very helpful. But, even though Khan Academy is the first place many students go to get help in general chemistry (and lots of other stuff), there are other excellent resources out…


Location, location, location: Willpower is great, but let’s lend it a hand

I know what you’re thinking. You might as well give up. After all, you’ve got the willpower of the gelatinous portion of canned cat food. You’re behind on your reading or math problems or two-page essay. You haven’t even started that other project, which I won’t name because it will only depress you further. And you know that there are all sorts of nifty tricks out there to boost your discipline. You know because you’ve used them. You’ve written to-do lists and used the…


Being neat (Take advice from me. I’m a slob)

Our first and second installments on how to market yourself to your teachers covered e-mail etiquette and looking busy. Now it’s time for me to be a total hypocrite. I’m going to tell you how neatness can help you make a good impression. Which is rich, since I’m a total slob. Just come to my home and see. Or don’t. ‘Cause it’s a mess. But don’t follow my example. If I jumped off a cliff,…


Marketing 101: 3 tips to look busy (it can’t hurt)

In our first installment of how to use wee bit of marketing to make a good impression on your teachers and put yourself in their good graces, I talked about some basic e-mail etiquette. Before moving on to the next topic, I’d like to add one more e-mail tip. Don’t greet your teacher with the word, “Hey!” That’s rude. It makes you sound like you were raised in a barn. Now that I’ve  gotten that out of…