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Day Five: Read the textbook and work the problems. (Twelve Days of Wisdom)

Easter April 4 2010 Met with M and H 013My mom deserves the credit for this one.

When I was a kid math was not my forte, and in eighth grade I was struggling and failing at algebra. So my mom went to the local bookstore and bought me a review book (picture the mid-1970’s version of Algebra for Dummies).

So every day after school I read the next lesson in this little paperback book and worked the practice problems and checked my answers in the back and slowly, often torturously, figured out my mistakes….until I had completed every problem in the book.

I earned a 100% on my final exam, and in the process I developed a lot of self-confidence and a real love for math, and I eventually became an educator and math specialist.

And I learned a lesson that became part of me: When you have a problem in life, there’s almost always a book out there somewhere that will help you solve it.

Get the book, read it, follow what it tells you to do, step-by-step.

My Top Two Life-Changing Books:

  • Between Parent and Child, by Haim Ginott, taught me how to have healthy, respectful relationships with my children. I can’t think of anything more important.
  • How the Mind Works, by Steven Pinker, actually did live up to its title. It’s been an amazing gift to actually “get” myself and those around me.

Two Other Amazing Books:

  • The Relationship Cure, by John Gottman
  • The Happiness Hypothesis, by Jonathan Haight (a great primer before tackling How the Mind Works)
Day Five: Read the textbook and work the problems. (Twelve Days of Wisdom)


Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."


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Cousins, L. (2015). Day Five: Read the textbook and work the problems. (Twelve Days of Wisdom). Psych Central. Retrieved on September 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/always-learning/2015/01/day-five-read-the-textbook-and-work-the-problems-twelve-days-of-wisdom/

 

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