A Parent's Guide: Helping Your Kids Succeed at School

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Every parent wants to see their child experience success in life. One of those successes is graduating high school and walking the aisle to get their diploma. This guide is designed to give parents and other caregivers tips and helpful hints to improve their children's chances of being successful in the classroom.

Where Does It Start?

While teachers are tasked with presenting information to children, success in school starts with you, the parent. To put it bluntly, your actions at home largely determine whether or not your child will succeed at school.

If you act disinterested and are passive about your child's grades, chances are your child will be disinterested and passive about school. On the other hand, if you play an active role in your child's schooling and are constantly engaged with your children, there's a pretty good chance your child will stay focused and engaged as well.

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How to Improve Your Memory: It's Easier Than You Think

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Unless you have a health condition that's causing memory issues, chances are your memory isn't anywhere near as bad as you think it is. You simply haven't learned to properly harness the power of your brain. A strong memory depends on the health and vitality of your brain, combined with your ability to get it to properly catalog the items it's taking in that you want to remember. If you're constantly forgetting simple items and are wondering how to improve your memory, all it may require are a handful of simple changes to the way you live your life and the way you think.

What Is Neuroplasticity?

Neuroplasticity is the ability of the human brain to reshape itself and form new neural pathways as it takes in new information. When you learn, the information isn't just held in your brain. Your brain undergoes actual physical changes that alter the way the neural pathways in the brain connect.

In order to understand neuroplasticity, it helps to think of the brain as a lump of clay. Say you look at a coin and want to remember what's on the face of coin. You press the coin into the clay, creating an impression of the face of the coin. Similar changes occur in the brain as it logs new information and chooses what to remember and what to discard. The brain actually rewires itself as new information is taken in and remembered.

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How to Impress Your Boss: The Key to Moving Up From Within

 

From the outside looking in, it often seems like certain people are on the fast-track to success. Aside from friends and family of members of management, this is rarely the case. Instead, these people have figured out the secret to moving up the corporate ladder.

In order to quickly climb the ranks at work, you've got to be able to impress your boss.

Everybody has to start somewhere and most people start at the bottom of the food chain in the office. From there, it's all about getting yourself noticed for doing all the right things. Being in the right place at the right time helps, too, but being there isn't going to matter if others in the office have positioned themselves ahead of you in the queue for promotions.

First of all, let's get the basics out of the way. You have to work hard and be competent at what you do. If you can't do these two things, you probably aren't going to get promoted, unless your boss is lazier and more incompetent than you are. Personal feelings about the boss aside, chances are your boss knows exactly what it takes to keep his bosses happy and consistently does those things. If not, there may be a position (and a chance for promotion, if you play your cards right) opening up soon.

Let's assume you're competent and a hard worker, but still keep getting passed up for promotions. What then? Here are a handful of proven ways to impress your boss and get moved up from within.

Pay Attention to the Little Details

People tend to get caught up in the big picture and forget about the little details. Bosses, on the other hand, tend to notice the little things and how they relate to the big picture.

In order to understand why the little details matter so much, it helps to look at things from the perspective of a boss. Let's say you're in charge of 25 people who are all tasked with similar jobs. All 25 of your employees are relatively competent at their job. They all work at an appropriate pace and they all turn their assignments in on time.

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Work Smarter, Not Harder: How to Prioritize When Everything is a Priority

 

Ah, it's the age-old mantra at work. Work smart, not harder. I'm sure you've heard it before, but actually mastering this adage can prove to be a bit of a moving target. By actually learning to work smarter instead of harder, you can get ahead at work while making your life easier instead of harder.

Learn How to Prioritize

If your job is anything like mine, you have a lot to do in a short amount of time. Paperwork is piling up, reports are due and the boss is breathing down your neck about something he or she asked you to get done weeks ago. When you're feeling overwhelmed, it's time to take a step back to reassess the situation.

Some of the items you need to get done are obviously more time-sensitive than others. For example, when given a choice between working on a presentation my boss needs before leaving on an important business trip in two days or a report that's due in a couple weeks, it's clear which item needs to get done first.

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