Cover design completed!

Thanks to Rachel for choosing the font and colour, and working out the design with some help from Jeff and Dixie. Rocky Nuñez at Llumina colourized Michelle Jennison’s original black-and-white drawing and put it all together. The book should be ready in three weeks.

Words of Praise for “Good Habits, Good Students”

“Eric MacKnight’s wide experience with diverse students has gone into producing the book so many students, parents and teachers have been waiting for – all those individual tips that teachers want to pass on to help turn struggling students into better, happier ones. Well, they’re here within one cover in an easy to read […]

Use a homework diary every day (book excerpt)

Whether you call it a student agenda, a day planner, or a homework diary, it’s the most important tool of a successful student.

You need a homework diary to stay organized, and you need a homework diary for successful goal-setting. I have yet to find a disorganized student who uses his or her diary regularly. I have yet to find a failed attempt at goal-setting in which a daily record was kept in a homework diary. Continue reading Use a homework diary every day (book excerpt)

Social Bookmarks

When you bookmark a web page, you save its location for yourself. When you ‘social bookmark’ a web page, you save its location for yourself and, if you wish, everyone else. Social bookmarks are saved on sites like Digg, Technorati,, and Rojo. People who view such sites can then check the pages you’ve bookmarked, and you can see the ones they’ve bookmarked. Result? The best—or the goofiest—pages on the internet are seen by more people. Continue reading Social Bookmarks

Drink lots of water (book excerpt)

The brain—and the rest of the body—needs plenty of water to work at its peak levels.

Recent research by scientists studying the brain tells us what our grandmothers have always known: the body needs plenty of water to stay in good working order. When you study at home, have a pitcher of water at […]

Inspiring Quotations

Please add your own memorable quotations about habits. For my starters, see the comments.

Eat properly, get enough sleep, and stay drug-free (book excerpt)

Your brain—have I mentioned this already?—is part of your body.

You can’t expect your brain to do its best unless you take care of it. Junk food, irregular meals, inadequate sleep, cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, “recreational” drugs—all of these diminish your brain’s ability to work. All of them, too, are entirely avoidable—bad habits people slip […]

How to Define a Goal (book excerpt)

A poorly defined goal will be pretty useless. Look at this one:

“My goal is to improve my marks in English.”

This is a nice idea, but it’s not a well-defined goal, because it leaves many important questions unanswered. For example, how much improvement is desired? How will the improvement be measured? Over what period of time is the goal to be achieved? What action is required to achieve the goal? How will progress toward the goal be recorded and judged?

A well-defined goal answers these questions right from the beginning. Continue reading How to Define a Goal (book excerpt)

Great Ideas on the Web

Whenever I find an interesting web site or blog entry related to good habits, I will post it here as a comment. If you find something, please add your comment too!

Book progress, 15 July

The manuscript is in the oven and Rocky at Llumina is working on the cover illustration. He’s colourizing one of Michelle Jennison’s drawings, and this is what he’s done so far.