Practice Moral Courage (book excerpt)

Practice moral courage.
Moral courage enables you to stand up for what you believe in when others disagree. When others propose to do something they shouldn’t, the person with moral courage is able to make his or her own choice, instead of going along with the crowd. When others are saying things that are rude, or hurtful, or inappropriate, the person with moral courage calls them on it. When others are mistreating someone, the person with moral courage defends him.

This is the hardest habit to acquire. Continue reading Practice Moral Courage (book excerpt)

Released at last!

Good Habits, Good Students: A Complete Guide for Students Who Want to Succeed has been released for sale. Little did I imagine what I was getting myself into a few years ago when I wrote a one-page handout for my students about the good habits they should be cultivating.

No Manhattan release party is […]

Goal: Write it down or write it off

It’s always nice when others agree. Darren Rowse has a post on ProBlogger about the importance of keeping a written record of your goal (and, I would add, each day’s success or failure). He has a nice quotation from a book he’s reading, Leverage: How to Create Your Own ‘Tipping Points’ in Business and […]

Goal-Setting Advice

Scott H. Young has posted a nine-chapter essay on goal-setting, worth comparing with the goal-setting advice in Good Habits, Good Students.

“A great book for students”

I have added a new page, The Book, where potential readers of Good Habits, Good Students: A Complete Guide for Students Who Want to Succeed can view the front and back cover, and the table of contents.

You can also download the entire book for free, and download full-sized copies of six goal-setting aids […]

28 Days to a New Habit

Matt Furey, writing about exercise and fitness, echoes the advice found in Good Habits, Good Students about habits and goal-setting, but then goes on to assert that 28 days of effort can produce a new habit. Agree? Disagree? Post a comment!

How to save time and learn more: the daily review (book excerpt)

Take five minutes to review every lesson you’ve had each day. Put your notes in order, jot down any questions you have about the lesson, etc. This will really pay off.

Remember that fable about the ant and the grasshopper? The ant spends the warm months collecting food for the winter and preparing his lodgings while the grasshopper eats when he’s hungry and plays the rest of the time. When winter comes the ant is warm and snug, with a good supply of food, but the grasshopper is freezing and starving.

Fables are not really about animals or insects, of course. They’re about you and me. Continue reading How to save time and learn more: the daily review (book excerpt)

How to deal with organization problems

Dr. Mel Levine of All Kinds of Minds has excellent advice for teachers and parents trying to help a disorganized student. A common mistake, he says, is to nag and threaten. “You won’t always have me here to help you”, etc. The truth, says Levine, is that as adults we can almost always find […]