Joe built a breakthrough task list and calendar app now available on the App Store for Free.

Joe built a breakthrough task list and calendar app now available on the App Store for Free.

Joe has seen a lot of students struggle with time management. Remembering due dates for homework assignments, test dates, meetings, and extracurriculars should not be something your brain is using a lot of capacity to do. Instead, you should be focused on learning and mastering material for your classes.

Azha on the App Store

Designed and built by Joe, Azha is a breakthrough task list and calendar app that is available on the App Store for free. Every student should have it. If you need to manage your crazy busy schedule, keep track of your homework assignments, schedule your classes, labs, meetings, conferences, seminars, test dates, and extracurriculars, Azha is the best app ever made to do it. It’s simple, fast, beautiful, and fun. Plus, you can add your friends and see what they’re up to, coordinate, and support them, and they will do the same for you.

You can download it here for free on the App Store:

Get Azha on the App Store

Joe really hopes Azha will help you manage your schedule and be more productive – this is why he built it for you. Feel free to visit the Azha website to learn more about Joe’s new app.

Study in Different Places, Not Just One

Study in Different Places, Not Just One

Varying the place you study is a change that requires very little effort on your part, but can dramatically boost your long-term retention of material. Just as I previously recommended that you change your paper from the traditional white paper with blue lines to gray paper without lines because it boosts your retention of material without any active changes in your study habits, I recommend that you choose several different places to study and rotate them. It doesn’t take much effort to study in a different room in your house, or find a different building on campus, or frequent a few different coffee shops or bookstores instead of the same one over and over again.

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Use Interleaving to Raise Your Test Scores Two Grades

Use Interleaving to Raise Your Test Scores Two Grades

“I get 100% on the homework, but I bomb the exams.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this statement from students and parents. Many students and parents attribute the problem to “test anxiety”, or to the teacher not giving problems on the exam that were similar to the assigned homework, or some other excuse. Most of the time, however, the problem stems from how the student prepare for the tests.

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5 Things You MUST Do When You Sit Down to Study

5 Things You MUST Do When You Sit Down to Study

Let me take a guess how you sit down to “study”. First, you put your phone on vibrate and set it on the table next to you. Next you take out your laptop and put it in front of you, with your social media apps running the background, probably even have your text messages streaming to your laptop so you’re getting doubly-texted. Then you take out some of your stuff, plop it on the desk, see who just texted you, shuffle around some papers, text them back, open your book to the homework page, check your email, open your notebook and write your name and date at the top, text your friend to see what they’re doing for dinner, read the first homework question…you get the point.

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Use Gray Paper With No Lines If You Want to Remember Your Notes

Use Gray Paper With No Lines If You Want to Remember Your Notes

The paper you use matters, so choose wisely.
You have probably never thought about what kind of paper you use, have you? After all, why should you – big companies have decided that white paper with blue lines in a spiral notebook or three-ring binder is what every student worldwide should use regardless of age, class, learning style or ability. Surely these companies must have done scientific studies to figure out what kind of paper helps students learn the best. Well, they haven’t, despite selling you billions of dollars worth of these products over the years. I know, I just blew your mind.

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Good Food Boosts Your Brainpower

Good Food Boosts Your Brainpower

Your brain works better if you eat good food

I have already posted a series of articles about how exercise boosts your brainpower. Now I will begin posting articles about how good food boosts your brainpower and will talk about different foods, supplements, and timing of meals and how they affect your brainpower, so put down that bag of Cheetos and get ready to learn something new!

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Are Teachers Worth Their Pay – You Decide

Are Teachers Worth Their Pay – You Decide

The average teacher makes around $52,000 per year

Whether teachers are underpaid, overpaid, or paid a fair salary is a hotly-debated issue in the public discourse. A lot of teachers and their unions have been under fire in recent years because of underperforming schools, districts, and our country’s generally poor academic standing when compared with other countries around the world. Even though we spend the most money per student on education of any country in the world (double what countries like Germany, Japan and South Korea spend), we have been consistently dropping in the international rankings in virtually every subject area and are barely hanging on to a Top 20 spot overall.

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Exercise Floods Your Brain With an Intelligence-Boosting Elixir

Exercise Floods Your Brain With an Intelligence-Boosting Elixir

Exercise floods your brain with molecules that help you think better

This is the last of the four articles I will be writing in my “Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower” foundational series. These foundational articles are for those of you who want to understand why exercise boosts brainpower. The other three articles about Vascularization, Neurogenesis and Cell Power described how exercise increases the density of blood vessels in your brain, increases the number of new brain cells you make every day, and increases the amount of power each brain cell has, respectively. If you haven’t read them, I would highly recommend you do because understanding why exercise boosts your brainpower always improves motivation for wanting to exercise. I will still be writing more articles about exercise and the brain, including articles about actual scientific studies and what kind of exercise you should do, but these four foundational articles will help you understand the why behind exercise.

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Why My Tutor is Better Than Yours

Why My Tutor is Better Than Yours

There are superior tutors and superior tutoring methods

This is the first article of many that I will be writing about how to be a good tutor. This series of articles will be about the qualities you must possess in order to be a highly-effective tutor and how you can improve your tutoring skills. They are based on thousands of hours of one-on-one and small group tutoring sessions. I have tutored material in biology, chemistry, math and physics at all levels from elementary to AP High School to lower and upper division college courses, and have even tutored students for the SAT and AP subject exams and the MCAT. Basically, anything to do with math or science I have tutored one-on-one or in small group sessions. Through these tutoring sessions I have acquired an incredible depth of knowledge about how different people learn and process information and have discovered how to most effectively help students understand complicated material very quickly. I have consistently pushed myself to explain things faster, tested through trial and error the pace and timing of how I introduce new material, have digested volumes of scientific and education literature on how the brain processes and stores information and have fine-tuned my methods to compliment the biological processes the brain uses to solidify memories and enhance critical thinking.

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How to Read a Boring Textbook like It’s a Twilight Novel

How to Read a Boring Textbook like It’s a Twilight Novel

Using active recall while you read will improve your reading comprehension by an order of magnitude
In my article about using active recall while you study, I described the basics of the method, gave you an example of how to use it, and showed you how dramatic the results are if you use active recall compared to other study methods. Since most learning in school occurs by reading textbooks, I feel it is important to address how to apply using active recall while you read because it can save you a lot of time studying. Reading is generally categorized as passive learning, however, there are things you can do to make it an active learning method, thereby greatly improving your reading comprehension.

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