Study Tips

Remember, it takes time to think through some things. You may try to understand it once and it does not make sense, but that does not mean you won't or can't understand it. It means you will need to think again from a new perspective or just try again a little later. It also does not always mean you "need help."

SYNAPSE is a project created by Dr. Christine Marshall of the Tang Institute at Andover


Students, if you are interested in meeting, please send me an email to schedule a time. Generally, I am free before school, after school, or during some free periods.

Preparing for the meeting

It is important that you prepare for extra help. Coming in with "I don't know anything" is perhaps a more serious medical condition which I cannot assist with.

Below are some questions to consider:

    • Why do you want to meet?

    • What do you want to go over? (i.e., specific problems are great, section in the notes, an example problem you want to review)

    • What do you already know?

    • After the meeting you should come away with what problems you should try to help you with your question.

Be prepared to come away from the meeting with perhaps NOT THE ANSWER but the next steps YOU need to do to think to the answer.

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Reduce the process to its core elements.


“Yes!” Activate your growth mindset.


Convert what you’re learning into a story.


Connect new ideas to what you already know.


Relate what you’ve learned to your own life.


Say YES to sleep.


Apply your new knowledge to real situations.

“We learn and remember better when we practice pulling things out of the brain, than when we try to practice putting stuff into the brain.”

-Peter Brown, from interview with Jennifer Gonzales on Cult of Pedagogy podcast