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.

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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Why Nobel Prize Winners are Better Than NFL MVPs

Why Nobel Prize Winners are Better Than NFL MVPs

The difference between high school, college and graduate school academics is a lot like the difference between high school, college and NFL football

As I write this post most college application deadlines have passed and students are anxiously awaiting to hear back from their top picks. One question I get a lot from my students around this time is “How much tougher is college than high school?” And from some of my college students, “How much tougher is graduate school or medical school than college?”

Since I am asked this frequently and just saying “Oh, you wait, it’s a lot tougher, you can’t mess around in college and still get good grades!” isn’t of much help, I thought I would come up with an analogy that most Americans can relate to: FOOTBALL.

Ray Lewis

The difference in the level of difficulty between high school, college and graduate school is a lot like the difference between high school, college and NFL football. Every level up the players are much bigger, stronger, faster and more competitive. Same for education – every level up the brains are much bigger, stronger, faster and more competitive. Even gifted athletes who were stars on their high school football team have to put in more work than ever if they want to become a star player in college. And for most, it takes a couple of years before they acquire the skills necessary to play the game at the college level.

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Welcome to Joe the Tutor

Welcome to Joe the Tutor

My name is Joe and I have spent basically my entire life learning, teaching, and tutoring math and science at all levels of education. I have taken courses ranging from kindergarten-level seed-planting from a nurturing, caring teacher in the suburbs (I failed this one the first time around, I think I over-watered), to Berkeley graduate-level quantum mechanics and nonlinear optics, from some of the most brilliant scientific minds on the planet. Like you, I have spent thousands of hours in the classroom learning from teachers and professors, young and old, new and experienced, good and bad. I remember all my teachers since I spent so much time with them and I have favorites and ones I would not want to spend another second in the classroom with. I have also spent thousands of hours teaching in the classroom and tutoring students one-on-one and in small groups and have learned and practiced the best studying, teaching, and tutoring methods. I have read hundreds of academic articles on education and distilled a staggering amount of neuroscience literature.

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