Information Management: A challenge at all levels and an interesting experiment.

Organizing Information.

This is a challenge at all levels.  Middle School. High School. University. Job. Career. Home.


1. There is simply a lot of information that you have to manage
2. There are so many ways that you can get (or be bombarded) with information.
3. It isn’t just about volume, it is also about prioritization.

I did an experiment for 2 days last week which I suggest that you try as well.

Day 1 – I dealt with all forms of incoming information as swiftly as I could.  I mean every text, email, tweet, phone call, fax (do you still get them?), read feed, and whatever else came my way.  By about noon, I’d lost count at about 900 items that I’d dealt with.  Mostly emails and texts but a combination of just about all of them.  And to be fair, some were responses to emails and texts that I had sent (I was trying to be productiveafter all!).  By about 2 I just felt Intellectually sluggish.  It wasn’t so much that I was overloaded, as I think we are all capable of handling this volume, but I felt that I wasn’t making progress somehow.   In the name of science I stuck with it and by about 10pm when I closed up shop for the day I had estimated about 2000 pieces of info back and forth.  Maybe digitized between the emails and web clips in Evernote and social media and so on.

Day 2 – the goal was simple.  I have a goal for today (in this case to finish a particular chapter of my soon to be released book – Maximum Education.)   I was going to only deal with incoming information that helped me to accomplish this goal.  By 9am I had 190 emails in the inbox, but I’d only read 3.. 2 from editors and 1 from the publisher.  I have 11 texts that all were thus far unanswered.  Not even counting social media as a just ignored Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin… By noon when I broke for lunch, 371 emails and 19 texts. I had answered 7 total.  The phone did ring 3 times.. all potential clients … so of course I took those calls… By 3pm.. chapter done, edits done and feeling accomplished.  Tally: 752 emails, 28 text, 4216 tweets in the feed, indefinite facebook posts still ignored.

The ‘moral’ here is obvious.  You get a lot more done when you focus on what you want to get done.   I didn’t have to go whole hog in either direction to do that, and in this day and age, anyone who markets and thrives on the internet can’t go cold turkey for any length of time, but it is clear that not dealing with the background information and collateral and non-essential information is will increase productivity.

In the next post, I will present some hands on techniques to channel and funnel essential information to keep all of us productive and sane.

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MTG Tip – Plug In for SAT Success

SAT: Plug In on Math problems with variables.

This is the most effective strategy to raise your math score.   Why?  it enables the test taker to convert difficult algebra based problems to more simple (and calculator friendly) arithmetic problems.


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Worldwide ONLINE based tutoring now available

mAke the grAde has expanded its tutoring and now offers ONLINE based tutoring via a high tech multimedia online classroom.  This is state of the art, fully interactive and most of all a highly effective system for tutoring.

Convenient, efficient and effective.

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Maximum Education: SATs… ACTs… finals.. it’s the busiest time of the year

It’s late April and this is the busiest time of the year for students.  It’s a confluence of everything at once.

SAT/ACT is you are taking the college admissions tests…

AP exams in May

and the 4th quarter has started and of course… finals are not that far off.

So how do you manage?

The key is a combination of planning, time management, foresight and consistency.

I recently completed writing and putting the finishing touches on Maximum Education: The Ultimate Guide to Optimal Academics.  This is a workbook and guide to, as the title so boldly state, maximizing your education and your academics.

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Without giving away every secret here, here is a basic guideline of what you’ll learn in the book:

Time Management
Homework Tracking
Prioritizing Techniques
Note taking
Test Preparation Tips
Organizing and Writing Term Papers
Standard Test Prep
College Admissions Test Prep (ACT/SAT)
as the cliche says…
so much more…

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Free Online Test Prep Q/A

Need a boost prepping for the PSAT/SAT/ACT exams?

Join Dr Steven Greene for a weekly online Q/A.  This session is free and open to all. Space is limited.  Email for details.

Sessions meet Wednesday evenings 9-10pm Eastern time.

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How to plan an SAT/PSAT/ACT test prep program…

If you are looking for college admissions test prep you need to watch this video.

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TEST PREP – “last minute” SAT / ACT advice

SAT Last Minute Tips..

this is a bit of an oxymoron, as you can not cram for the SAT.. 

but.. you do want to avoid emergencies and stress

1. have your paperwork and credentials ready
registration ticket &  Picture ID
2. Power up your calculator
3. bring drinks and snacks for the breaks
4. stay sharp – do you have your pencils ready?
5. your essay – do you have your word and quote lists?
6. directions – do you know where you are going if the test is not at your school?
7. Timing – be there on time!!  prepare to be there until at least 1pm. 

8…. make a plan for the May Test.  good test prep takes time and a strategy. 


Dr Steven Greene is the lead educator at mAke the grAde AcAdemic services, a full service tutoriong and educational support service based in Dresher.  Founded in 1994, MTG had produced over 5 000 success stories.  More information: 215 540 TEST (8378) or sgreene@makethegrade.netImage

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