Tools & Tips

Learn goal setting and motivation best practices  with our simple how-to guides for students, parents, and educators

Social-Emotional Learning for Teens at Home

The Covid- 19 outbreak and resulting school closures have many parents wondering how their children can continue their social-emotional development, in addition to academics, without the socialization and leadership opportunities provided in the school environment and...

Free Digital Tools for Teens at Home

The COVID- 19 outbreak has many families wondering how they will keep their teens engaged and learning from home for weeks, or perhaps months, at a time. Here is a list of free digital tools and resources to help parents and teachers keep teens focused on positive...

5 Tips for Keeping Teens Focused During COVID-19 School Closures

Keeping a teenager focused on their work in the classroom or after school can be challenging enough. But when faced with a situation like the recent school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it becomes necessary to maintain student engagement all day at home....

New Year, New Goals

How to make sure you actually achieve your New Year's resolutions   A new year (and decade) is approaching, which brings to mind one thing: New Year’s Resolutions. While there is a popular belief that New Year’s Resolutions will be quickly thrown in the...

Example Goals to Get You Started

Having trouble getting started setting your first goal in Ascend? Check out the example goals below for inspiration. Academic Goals If you are struggling in a certain subject, feeling stuck or bored in a subject that comes easily to you, or you just need help focusing...

Level Up Your Goal

You know what goal you’d like to set, but how are you going to get there? Leveling up your goal means creating a plan that increases the likelihood of achieving it. By creating a strategic action plan, building a dream team, and challenging yourself, you’ll be...

How to Set Your First Goal

When setting your first goal, it’s best to start simple. Begin with a goal you will enjoy or think you will get the most benefit out of working toward. Start by asking yourself a few questions to guide your decision— you can write down your answers or you can just...

Set SMART Goals

Creating a goal seems like a simple enough task, but actually achieving a goal can feel daunting or unrealistic. After all, only 8% of people are reported to accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. But being mindful about goal setting and using the SMART goal...

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