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Eleven Ways to Declutter Your Mind: In Order to Think Clearly & Make Better Decisions

Eleven Ways to Declutter Your Mind: In order to think clearly & make better decisions By Marelisa Fabrega ________________________________________________________ 1. Declutter Your Physical Environment Physical clutter leads to mental clutter. First of all, clutter bombards the mind with excessive stimuli, which forces the brain to work overtime. Secondly, physical clutter signals to the brain that there’s[…]

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Stand Out from the Competition Series: Earn a Double Major or Joint Degrees

Why is it so difficult to get into elite colleges and universities like Harvard, Princeton and Yale (HPY)? The fundamental reason is that more students than ever are getting both exceptional GPAs and perfect or near perfect SAT/ACT/MCAT/GMAT scores. In addition, applicant’s personal and athletic achievements today are unparalleled. Colleges that used to attract students[…]

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Barbara Oakley’s ‘Improve Your Study Skills: How to Excel at Math and Science: Even if you Flunked Algebra’ (Part 2)

If you haven’t read Part 1 of this series, be sure to check it out before beginning this section on study skills. Similar to swinging a bat properly in baseball or fiddling a violin well in an orchestra, studying and test-taking take proper technique to master. Even top students can improve their performance by learning[…]

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Barbara Oakley’s ‘Improve Your Study Skills: How to Excel at Math and Science: Even if you Flunked Algebra’ (Part 1)

The new mantra is to study smarter, not harder. Then of course, there is the age-old question, are smart people born that way? At birth, are babies predisposed to have a higher IQ? Can IQ be improved upon? —— Recent studies have shown that in regard to academic intelligence, IQ accounts for just over half[…]

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Barbara Oakley’s ‘Improve Your Study Skills: How to Excel at Math and Science: Even if you Flunked Algebra’

The new mantra is to study smarter, not harder. Then of course, there is the age-old question, are smart people born that way? At birth, are babies predisposed to have a higher IQ? Can IQ be improved upon? Recent studies have shown that in regard to academic intelligence, IQ accounts for just over half of[…]

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Cal Newport’s “How to Become a Straight A Student”

If you are in middle school or high school and underperformed in class, it is time to learn what many top students already know. Why? Because knowledge in power, and power plus logic leads to better decisions and ultimately better grades. With better grades, school is more fun and your options after graduation increase “exponentially.”[…]

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Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for focused Success in a Distracted World

According to the author, Deep Work is the “superpower of the 21st Century.” Cal Newport, MIT graduate and associate professor at Georgetown University, states there are three types of people that will survive in tough times and prosper in good times: Owners of capital (financial resources), or those with access to it Those who can[…]

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7 Steps to Think like Leonardo da Vinci – by Michael Gelb

 Curiosity – An insatiable curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning. Interestingly, I have found a term at only one place on the Internet. The term is “intellectual curiosity;” and I have seen it only on Stanford University’s website. Also, of note is the motto of Harvard University, “Veritas,” meaning the[…]

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Robert Greene’s How to Attain “Mastery”

The Stoic Philosophers nearly two millennia ago realized that brilliant minds appear to be the exception, and the age-old question, “are you born with genius or is it acquired,” is frequently asked. Greek philosopher Socrates, despite being very wise promoted the position that he “knew nothing.” Socrates did appreciate that we see glimpses of amazing[…]

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Stephen R. Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

Imagine a book that sells 25 million copies world-wide since 1989; and is the first audio book on planet Earth to sell one million copies. Today I review Stephen Covey’s best seller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” It is obvious this book resonates with millions of people on at least 6 continents. There[…]

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