Ruminations on Poverty & Education


Having traveled to countries where the median income for even college grads with Master’s Degrees is ~$10/day, it can’t be overstated how important it is for young people — especially those who are in western countries where incomes are dramatically higher and where millions of people immigrate to annually — to forsake a lot of […]

How To Identify Examples of “Simile” In A Poem or In Literature


A simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, and it’s used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g. “as strong as an ox”). Let’s check out some examples in poetry: Denise Rogers’ “Your Teeth” “Your teeth are like stars; They come out at […]

How To Memorize Formulas, Rules, And Concepts For School


The ideal strategy is being conscientious as you learn anything new.  You want to think of this new information as a little “folder” with information on it and you’re trying to file it in what is essentially a “filing cabinet” in your brain. For example, let’s say that you’re learning about circles.  Your homework covers […]

Every Generation of Students Has Their Kryptonite


Every generation has their own unique kryptonite, or the central issue that makes it extremely challenging to sit in a quiet room and think, read, and/or study: These up-and-coming generations have it in the palm of their hands.  It’s the cell phone — or the tablet — or both. Older generations had the average person […]

Popular English Language Idioms


These are some common English Language idioms that are sometimes used in everyday speech. “I’m all ears.” or “He was all ears.” – This essentially means that someone is/was listening intently.  Let’s say someone says “I’m upset about something.”  The other person could say I’m all ears meaning that I am ready and willing to listen […]