Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How to Overcome Professor Anxiety

Are you anxious because you do not understand you professor. You are not alone.  Millions of college and K12 students have this experience every year. There is something you can do about it and it starts with you. Half of the battle is having the right attitude about the class. In other words expect success and you will have it or expect failure and you will have it. My suggestion is that you get help from a good tutor right away. Don't try to do it by yourself because the anxiety will make you feel even worse about the class. Also identify a classmate who is doing well and who can share their knowledge with you. Here are some other things you should do:

1. Sit at the front of the class

2. Meet during office hours

3. Ask if you can record the lecture

4. Create a study group

5. Pick up other books from the library 

6.  Go to websites that focus on the topic that you are studying

7. Get a tutor the first day

8.  Make sure to meet with the professor before every examination

9.  Don't let negative thoughts take over your confidence

10.  Get plenty of exercise and eat right to reduce your stress.

A difficult class and instructor can cause you to stretch your mind. It will teach you that you can learn even in a difficult situation. Don't give up. You will never win the race that your never decided to run. Finally,  create a follow up list of things that you need to study every day. To learn how to improve your study habits Dr. Stephen Jones is author of the "Secrets of How to Study" at

Monday, January 14, 2013

10 Tips to Reduce Your Company’s Health Insurance Costs

For the past 25 years there has been an ongoing debate about the cost of health insurance. Companies have responded by implementing healthy living strategies to overcome the increasing cost of health care.  Employees who are young and more seasoned can be hit by a health event that can have a negative effect on their company’s finances.  There are CEOs who have decided to take a preemptive strike on the cost of health care. They recognize that the cost of health insurance is increasing for small and large companies.  One specific way to change the fitness culture of a company is offering creative ways for everyone to get involved.  Here are some things that companies are doing to promote healthy living and to reduce company expenses:
1.  Create an employee walking path on company grounds
2.  Develop a weight loss competition
3.  Establish a healthy eating program on the company website
4.  Support for individuals who participate in health causes like a cancer walk
5.  Discounts to join a fitness center
6.  Create a bicycle path for employees and have company bicycles
7.  Build a fitness center in the company building
8.  Offer health and fitness classes to employees
9.  Offer more choices of low calorie and healthy food in the company cafeteria
10.  Offer a personal weight training course
There are things that a company can do to reduce health insurance costs.  Hiring a health coach is another way to help all employees to have access to someone who can keep them to remain focused.  Too many employees start the year with great health goals and then they give up after the second month of the year.  More companies need to survey their employees to uncover the best healthy living suggestions.  If you are not following this trend now is the time to get on board.
If you are interested in this and other business topics, I invite you to be a guest on the WWDB 860 am radio program called the Board Room meeting. This radio program will give you an opportunity to share business issues that are affecting your company.  Send an email expressing your interest to