Posted on: December 12th, 2017

How to celebrate victory: a lesson for academic competitions from the NFL

When Cam Newton ‘dabbed’ after scoring a touchdown, an NFL fan said she found it offensive. When Randy Moss pretended to pull his pants down and ‘moon’ fans in the end zone stands, many...

Posted on: December 7th, 2017

Challenge vs. Threat Mindset: how to empower yourself and your students to rise to the challenge.

As the timer ticks down on the competition clock, two students, Kevin and Adam, look up to the front of the room, each feeling his heart pump at a frantic pace. Both are far from calm as time...

Posted on: December 6th, 2017

Get excited: how to handle performance anxiety in competitive situations

When you think of the word “anxiety” what comes to mind? Is it speaking in front of a room full of people? Is it sweaty palms, a knotted stomach, and twisted tongue? Everyone has experienced...

Posted on: December 4th, 2017

How educators can help students avoid choking under the stress of academic pressure.

Academic competitions in many ways are just like sports, and we see it all the time in sports. Players have a chance to make the big play, one they’ve made a thousand times before and typically...

Posted on: October 31st, 2017

Modified Practice Routines Help You Win at Learning.

Anyone who has tried to learn a new language knows, remembering the details is not easy. In fact, remembering anything new is not a walk in the park, and becomes harder as we age. The traditional...

Posted on: October 5th, 2017

Increasing Collaboration: Tips from Competition Sciences

We hear it all the time, students should be collaborating, not competing! The competition vs. collaboration fallacy seems to be as old as our modern education system itself. No one wants their...