Maximum Education Case Study – Homework Tracking

Maximum Education – The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics presents three cornerstones to academic (and all) success:

Information management
     Time management
     A daily action plan

Steven-Green-Book-CoverHere is a case study of a high school student, Dan, who I worked with to improve his grades. One of his challenges was that his ‘information management’ was poor and often he did not have a record of what homework he had to do nor when it was due.  Once Dan was taught, and once he consistently applied a system, his grades improved quickly and he actually spent less time on his school work.

CASE STUDY #1: Homework Tracking High School

I began working with Dan, who was a high school sophomore.  He had a typical college prep track load of courses, with a few honors classes as well.  His issue, in part, was keeping track of all the assignments that he had.

At the start, Dan’s “system” was to write down all the homework in the tracking book that the school provided. Good start! He did have a good working record of what he had to do.   But from there, he had no plan at all.  He would start an assignment from math, and half way through it, he would shift and begin working on Spanish.  Then he would move onto chemistry, etc. He was spending about 90 -120 minutes per day on homework.  Once he did get done, he would put all of his completed homework into his done folder (and not into his binder area for that particular class).  Since he had multiple notebooks, he would often have trouble locating the homework promptly when it was time to turn it in or go over it in class.  Dan did not spent anytime working ahead and anticipating longer term assignments, however.  He basically only did what was due the next day.

“Now that I have a system I feel like I am in control of this situation.  Since I am always up to date, the subjects don’t seem as challenging either.  In fact, they seem to be getting easier because I really understand what’s going on.”  – Dan, High School student and Maximum Education user

Dan learned and started to use the Maximum Education system.  He would not move onto an assignment until the present one was complete.  He would file his completed work in the proper areas of his notebooks, by course.  Better still, he incorporated future thinking into his daily study regimen.  Over time, it worked out that he would allocate about 15 minutes per day, per class, to look ahead for future tests, quizzes, papers, and work, so he could get a head start on those as well.   Within a test cycle, or about three weeks of school time, Dan improved his grades in every single course.  Once he got his system in place and became consistent with it, he was spending 60-75 minutes per day on homework and study time… actually LESS than he was prior to implementing the systems… so better grades, less study time and less stress.

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SAT or the ACT – which test is right for you? How to create an optimal SAT or ACT test prep program. Webinar replay.

3/27/17 – Webinar Replay

SAT or the ACT – which test is right for you?

How to create an optimal SAT or ACT test prep program.

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Your SAT ACT Test Prep and College Admissions Timeline

A Live Event – Video Replay – From 3/21/17 Workshop

The SAT or ACT.. which test is better for you?

How to create an optimal  test prep timeline?

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3-14 International Pi Day

How many  digits of pi can you memorize?
Here are the first 1000… go for it!!
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note: this is a guest blog post in which Dr Steven Greene provided content and quotes for Harvest Advisors and their financial planning professional Sean Cook. (

Whether you’re a parent whose child is planning to attend a college in Pennsylvania in the near future, or you’re a prospective student yourself, figuring out how you’re going to pay for college is probably a top concern. If you plan to attend a school such as the University of Pennsylvania, you can expect tuition and fees for Philadelphia colleges to cost upwards of $50,000, and room and board fees of more than $14,000.

But in today’s economy, how do you approach the increasing overlap between financial planning and providing a college education?


If your child is a senior in high school, you’re likely wondering how you’re going to come up with the amount you need to pay for school. Unless you pick a winning lottery ticket or experience some other sort of financial windfall, it’ll be easier for you to make a plan if you start the process much earlier than senior year.

Picking a public or private Philadelphia university that appeals to your child academically is obvious, but sometimes you also need to pick a school that makes sense financially. A high school student may have the grades to get into a premium college, but may not be able to afford the cost of attendance. And on the flipside, they may not have the grades to get into their top school but are able to afford it.

The challenge for most people is having the ability to write checks for tuition when you need to during the years that your child is in school, but most people don’t really think about that early enough to accrue the amount of money needed to cover the entire cost of a college education. Awareness is key. It’s important to balance going to college and not going bankrupt while doing it.

Don’t worry too much about it. Most people don’t win the lottery or come into a sudden windfall of money. You do have options. Starting to plan as soon as you can is incredibly important, but so is looking into all possible financial aid options. Most financial aid packages include loans and possibly also grants, so the best solution is to turn in any applications for financial aid before they’re due.


Recently, more and more colleges have been tying financial aid to merit aid, which is based on grades, GPA and standardized test scores. Increased test scores put prospective college students in a more favorable position to get aid.

Here’s an example. A student received a 1190 on her SAT. She was accepted into her top school, and was awarded $10,000 per year in financial aid. However, the school costs $50,000 to attend each year. Her parents called the school to ask if there was any way she’d be eligible to receive more aid, and someone mentioned that their daughter could receive $18,000 if she had a 1200 SAT score, which would save her $8,000 every year in tuition fees.

She dedicated several weeks to test prep in an effort to increase her score, and managed to get a 1220, which allowed her to receive that extra $8,000 per year.

Historically, financial aid was need-based. Recently, it’s becoming more merit-based. A few years ago, students were concentrating on getting better test scores so they can attend their top school.

Nowadays, students aren’t only worried about getting into the college they want to go to, they’re also trying to get a good enough score to pay for their education.

The link between test scores and financial aid has become a big deal, and it will only become a bigger deal as college admissions continue to become more competitive and as attendance becomes more expensive.


If your child is planning to attend college in the near future, it’s essential to make a financial and academic plan as early as you can. Talking to a qualified financial adviser can be a huge help, but it’s also important to make an academic plan.

Some students just don’t test well, which is an issue. But if that’s your concern, an academic counselor may be able to help you, as well. Definitely contact the recruitment and financial aid offices at the Philadelphia or Pennsylvania colleges and universities of your choice.

This blog post was contributed by Steven Greene of mAke the grAde, for exclusive use by Harvest Advisers. Mr. Greene can be reached at or via phone at (215) 540-8378.

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mAke the grAde / Maximum Education Webinar Series #5 – Information Management

mAke the grAde / Maximum Education Webinar Series #5 – Information Management

An introduction to the multifarious techniques available for information management from Maximum Education including:

note taking styles
outlining techniques
technology interfaces
cloud based systems

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mAke the grAde / Maximum Education Webinar Series #4 – Time Management Structure

mAke the grAde / Maximum Education Webinar Series #4

In this video – A time management structure for students at all levels. This information is based on concepts in Maximum Education.  Click here to get your copy of Maximum Education

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