A Shift in Direction

This has been a unique and challenging time for many of us, to say the least. 

It has taken me quite some time to process everything that has been going on in the world as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters. The “great pause of 2020” has allowed me the opportunity for some much-needed reflection about what I want to do to and how I can continue to be of service to others. With all of the major global shifts we’ve been facing, I realized that my purpose may have to shift as well, and I have thought long and hard about what this shift could be.

As many of you know, my current work as a Learning Strategist involves helping students to achieve academic success. And while I will continue to do this important work, I felt deep down in my heart that I had to do more. I yearned to contribute to impactful change, on a more foundational level. This is what led me to the decision to start with parents. 

Now, I am not a parenting expert by any means, although I am a parent.

What I am is a learning expert. I know all about the neuroscience of learning and how the brain works to process and store information. I know all about the tools, tips and tricks that can help students to learn more efficiently and effectively whether they are physically in a classroom or learning virtually at home. I eat, sleep and breathe learning. I believe that learning is a lifestyle and I wholeheartedly believe, as Nelson Mandela said, that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

Collectively, the skills I’ve developed in all my years of practice, put me in a position to help others LEARN to be the best version of themselves. And one of the most important things I’ve learned by working with thousands of students over the last 2 decades is that there is soooo much more to it than just learning! Things like prioritizing self-care, incorporating healthy habits, practicing effective time management, controlling digital distraction, and embracing a growth mindset all play a HUGE role in one’s ability to succeed. And many of these things start at home. I couldn’t agree more with the statement “More is caught than is taught.”

So, how exactly do I plan to help support parents?

First of all, I have to say that I understand that every parent’s situation is unique. I am not offering a one size fits all or band-aid solution. What I plan to offer are tools, tips and strategies that can help to support student learning, both inside and outside of the classroom.

In August I will be hosting a series of workshops that will help parents to learn more about:

  • Practical solutions for time management and organizational skills
  • How to monitor and limit screen time usage
  • Brain optimization through the prioritization of self-care
  • How to encourage the development of a positive attitude towards learning
  • How students can learn and retain information more efficiently, effectively, and more independently
  • How to increase motivation and engagement in learning
  • How to support your child’s virtual learning

At this point in time, we are unaware of what September will look like in terms of going “back to school.” My hope is that these workshops will provide valuable information that can be applied whether students are physically back in the classrooms or learning from home.

Interested in learning with me?  Stay tuned for registration info and learn more about how we can work together to start off strong this September!


For information on the services I offer, please don’t hesitate to email me at studywithjoanne@gmail.com or visit my Contact page for more ways to reach me.

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