July 12, 2011

Optimizing for Ownership

“Optimize for ownership” is a phrase we use often here at Nurturing Wisdom. With ownership comes a sense of control, of investment, and of pride. We believe that optimizing for ownership ultimately […]
January 23, 2012

Mistakes as Opportunities

We have found that we are able to help students achieve even more with tutoring when we address their mindset, a concept we learned from Carol Dweck’s wonderful book Mindset: The New […]
February 13, 2013

Customized Tutoring Plans

When we meet with a student to set up tutoring, we frequently present a tutoring plan, which is customized to that specific student.  This plan is an excellent communication tool to keep […]
March 6, 2013

The Importance of Thoughtful Praise

Since reading Mindset by Carol Dweck many years ago, we talk often with our students and their parents about the importance of a growth mindset – the “belief that your basic qualities are […]
September 16, 2013

Study Smarter, Not Harder!

When we begin working with new executive functioning students, we always tell them that one of our priimary goals is for them to learn how to study smarter, not harder. Sometimes the […]
October 24, 2013

Addition of a Coach

When we stop trying to improve, we can become less effective.  It’s easy to get complacent.  This is why athletes and musicians work with private coaches and trainers throughout their careers.  As […]
November 14, 2013

Discovering the Benefits of an Assignment Notebook

The importance of effectively tracking assignments cannot be overstated! Some students get that on their own, but many need to be explicitly taught and held accountable until it’s a habit. Here, one […]
January 22, 2015

How to Study Smarter, Not Harder

We recently received a question from a parent about helping her son improve his fluctuating test grades. Here’s what the parent had to say. Question: I am writing to you about my son […]