Man trapped behind chain link fence. Many barriers prevent or interfere with success in college.
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How to Overcome 10 Common Barriers to College Success

Over 100 students returning to college were surveyed between May and November, 2017 on their barriers to success. They rated 60 skills, attitudes, and life situations from very low to very high. These 60 areas contribute to doing well and are known risk factors. I list the top ten most frequently id...

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Woman suspended on rope by climbing wall. Metaphor for Research the five highs that lead to the best career choice.
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The 5 “highs” that can change your life. How to get your best career fit.

College comes with a price: uncomfortably high student loans. Before taking the loan, confirm that your degree measures up. The best career best fits your dreams. Consider the 5 "highs" that make a huge difference to working in your field, high demand, high knowledge, high satisfaction, high meaning...

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Person reading and highlighting. Highlighting is one of a number of often recommended but provably ineffective methods of studying.
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Wasting your time studying? How to and How not to Study.

Many posts and articles in the last few years have broken my heart. They give counter-productive techniques to studying that not only waste your time, but set you up for frustration and disappointment. Several teams of learning scientists analyzed the research and found the most effective and ineffe...

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In a display of civility, baboons sit in hot pools.
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Foster Civility. A High School Student Teaches: THINK Before Speaking.

How much of the rhetoric we hear in the media is bitter and mean? A local high school student describes a solution to help students, and the rest of us, learn the art of civility, in part by using the THINK strategy before speaking. Craig Ritzman won an essay contest sponsored by Westminster College...

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Man shooting fire from his mouth, demonstrating peak performance. Hardy says we need to recover from 6 things to obtain peak performance. Photo by Alejandro Alvarez on Unsplash.
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Be at Your Peak: Hardy’s “6 Things You Need to Recover From Every Day”

While I'm working on two forthcoming blog posts on taming your emotions and transferable skills, I want to introduce you to's #1 writer, Benjamin Hardy. Benjamin writes occasionally on learning, and always in the area of personal growth and peak performance. This writing presents 6 Things...

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Our emotions can get the best of us, unless we learn how to regulate them, including reduce vulnerability, understand the reaction, and self-regulate.
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Do your emotions control you? How to handle your feelings.

Have you ever been surprised by an emotional reaction you didn't expect? Did it interfere with what you wanted to accomplish? Don't let your emotions control you. You cannot stop them, but you can choose from several strategies to reduce their impact, once you understand what's happening.
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Framework of glass angles in a building represent the transferable-competency framework needed to build resilience for the future.
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How to Help Learners Succeed in an Uncertain Future, Part 3: Transferable-Competency Framework

The learners of today will face continuously evolving futures of challenge. Will you be up to it? In part 1 of this 3 part series, we discussed employment-focused, transferable-competency frameworks. I covered the controversy between proponents of employment-focused and those favoring personal growt...

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