Three Big Myths about Good Study Habits

college kids or students talking with laptop

Several decades ago I was involved in teacher training and taught educational psychology at the university level. A few traditional notions about good study habits were floating around, but unfortunately most had no evidence to support them. At best they were commonly held beliefs among most teachers, parents and students.

And today all these years later I find that my grandchildren are subjected to the same notions. The only difference is that now there is a lot more evidence that much of the traditional advice is just plain wrong. Let’s do something about it…

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A Quiz about Alcohol Rehab for the High-Profile Professional

Alcohol rehab optionIf you are a professional and recognize you may have a drinking problem, and are considering getting help in overcoming it, do yourself a big favor.  Get your customized free assessment report by taking the quiz about alcohol rehab options. Your report will be based on how you answered the questions.

The quiz and report will be of particular interest and relevance to you if you hold a high-profile position where public knowledge of your “problem” could be damaging to your credibility or or even put your license to practice at risk.

Professionals that immediately come to mind are medical doctors, lawyers, judges and politicians, but there are many others.

Just click the link to go to the quiz.

Feeling Distressed after the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Japan earthquake map

During the past couple of weeks I’ve had a malaise I couldn’t quite identify, an uneasy feeling of being less grounded than usual.

Before I realized where it was coming from, I checked with family and friends; they too had been experiencing distress they couldn’t explain.

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan have led to a huge loss of human life…

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When are you old enough to have people stop telling you how to live your life?

Blame game

First off, let me be clear I am not talking about living outside society’s rules and expectations. If you shoplift, run a grow-op, drink and drive, smoke in the presence of others or abuse your family, there will always be people telling you how to live; there is no age limit…

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Alcohol Addiction Treatment: From Twelve Steps to One Step


In the 1950s and 60s most adults in North America smoked cigarettes or other tobacco products. We thought nothing of it.

However, increasing research evidence of tobacco health risks began to overpower the tobacco industry’s portrayal of smoking as safe and cool. As the evidence mounted, increasing numbers of people quit smoking or never started. The voices of those wanting smoke-free workplaces and restaurants got louder than the chorus of smokers shouting, “It is my inalienable right to smoke whenever and wherever I want to.”

The tide had turned. Now in British Columbia where I live only about 15% of the population smokes tobacco. The clock cannot be turned back. Societal thinking about cigarette smoking has made a radical shift.

A parallel shift in our collective thinking is taking place with regard to the treatment of alcohol addiction…

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