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Aim For Perfection Without Ruining Your Life
"If you're using perfection as a club, remember this one thing: you're the one holding the club, and you can stop hitting yourself any time you want."
Have High Expectations Without Crippling Stress
"The idea of embracing a high goal and letting go of it may seem to be a contradiction—and it is! Great performers learn to do both."
Smarter Than An SAT Or ACT Score
"At the end of the day, being 'smart' is more of a discipline than a talent. It’s about having the confidence that, if you need to, you can train yourself to be excellent at anything you want."
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Building Better Habits of Thinking
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Mastering School Subjects
Learn a better approach to your more challenging classes.
Mastering the SAT and ACT
Learn a better approach to practicing for the SAT and ACT.
Overcoming Test Anxiety
Learn a better approach to pressure situations so you can always play your best game.
Parents, These Are For You
Steve and Tom offer advice on how to support your teenagers as they strive to improve themselves.
Student Case Studies
Lessons we've learned from working with certain students over the years.
A collection of thank-you notes from our students and parents that we've held onto over the years.
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The Key To Emotional Mastery: Don’t Make Things Worse!
Steve talks about our "secret" formula for making any bad situation better.
Peyton Manning and the Path to Emotional Mastery
On the occasion of an all-time-great's retirement, Tom recalls a time when everyone thought Peyton Manning "couldn't win the big game"...and the day he proved everyone wrong.
A Team Of Champions Approaches AP Calculus Like A Game
Steve talks about an AP Calculus class in Los Angeles whose teacher has them treating calculus like a game...with stunning (but, as far as we're concerned, not surprising!) results.
What If You Allowed Yourself Enough Time To Succeed? (Part Two)
Steve on the importance of giving yourself enough time to properly train yourself to be excellent at standardized tests (continued).
Your True Potential
"When you honor your potential, you recognize that your past performance in any area does not limit you."
What If You Allowed Yourself Enough Time to Succeed? (Part One)
Steve on the importance of giving yourself enough time to properly train yourself to be excellent at standardized tests.
How to Just Do Your Job in Big Moments
Tom engages in a little hero-worship of outgoing New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, and talks about the one thing we can do to help us succeed when the stakes are at their highest.
When You Know How To Learn, You Can Learn Anything
Steve discusses lessons about learning that every student can benefit from in Josh Waitzkin's book The Art of Learning.
When Practice Isn’t Enough By Itself
Steve talks about how sometimes, simply practicing twice as hard isn't the answer. He knows from experience.
Thanksgiving: A Much Smarter Way to Think and Feel
A star quarterback whose career was ended by a gruesome leg injury calls it a blessing. We try to figure out what the heck he means by that.
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