June, 2013

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Ed-u-ca-tion: Three parts determination and one part learning

“The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.” — Aldous Huxley 

Recently, I’ve been considering how to motivate students to work hard at subjects they do not enjoy. I listen and encourage; I create worksheets that relate to their interests; I help them set goals and reward them when they succeed. Yet what do I do when that is not enough? What do I do when what students lack is not the ability to learn but the determination to do their best?

And then I realized something: education itself–reading, writing, math, history, science–isn’t valuable without the determination and character to learn and apply it. What allows us to succeed in this world is not so much what we know, but the determination to use our knowledge to do the things we have to do, when we have to do them, whether we like it or not.

So to the students who lack determination to learn when learning is hard and inconvenient and very unfun, don’t give up…determine to apply yourself now and you will be building a successful foundation for your future. 

Rachel Cheslik

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Rachel’s Summer Project






Hi Y’all!

Summer is underway! So far I’ve been to a family reunion in Minnesota and on a float trip in southern Missouri, but now it’s time to work on my summer project…spreading the word about my tutoring business!

Summer Web Photo

Some of the tasks on my to-do list:

  1. Create and order a business sign for my yard (in progress)
  2. Create content for my website (in progress)
  3. Develop SEO tags and change my website color scheme (working on it with a friend tomorrow!)
  4. Create a business portfolio and distribute it to local schools (June-July project)
  5. Post on my website so y’all know I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet (done!) 🙂

And, of course, I’m also tutoring this summer, so if you are interested in staying on top of your studies for the next school year, let me know! Call 816-738-5685 or e-mail tutoring@rachelcheslik.com.

Have a fun-filled and productive summer!

Rachel Cheslik

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