About Judy

About Judy Fishel

In a sentence, I am a teacher who still has a passion for learning, teaching and discovering new and more helpful Study Skills.

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Judy Fishel

And note: I am not your teacher. If you leave a comment or question or send me an email, please just call me “Judy.”

I live in SE Florida with my husband, Bob. I enjoy bird watching, world travel, photography, reading and writing mysteries, gardening and playing with our four delightful grandchildren.While my husband and I were young, we traveled and worked for eight years in Asia. teaching short workshops. While in the Philippines I was Vice Principal at the International School just outside Manila where I did a lot of teacher training. While in the Marshall Islands, I first taught in a small local elementary school and later in what was then the only public high school in the country.

My experience includes teaching all ages from infants through adults. I have worked in schools in many parts of the United States. And I actually have taken classes in a total of 18 colleges and universities. All these experiences taught me a great deal about how to study.

I received several awards in teaching math and science including twice winning the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (once for elementary, once for secondary math). I have made presentations at local, regional, and national conferences for Science, Mathematics, Multiple Intelligences, Critical Thinking, and Brain-Based Teaching and Learning.

That is probably more than you really wanted to know, But, If you really want to know more: Continue

Where did I go to school?   A partial list:

  • 2 years at the University of Florida planning to study Biology
  • 2 years at the University of Chicago: AB in Philosophy
  • Chicago State University: MA in School guidance
  • Bridgewater (MA) State College: MA in Biology
  • Brown University: MA in ESL and Cross Cultural Studies (Thesis on Critical Thinking)

Yes, I know it’s crazy to have 4 degrees in unrelated subjects. But they all made sense at the time and they were all, more or less, related to teaching

In addition,  I took courses at 13 other colleges and Universities. It makes sense when you consider that I lived many places and, as a teacher, was  required to take courses to update my credentials.

In addition to classes I took for credit, I often sat in on other classes.  Even when just “sitting in,” I did all the assignments and took all the tests. After all, I was in the class to learn something and it was clear to me I wouldn’t learn much if I didn’t work at it.

I hated to study, take a test and forget what I learned

Even in high school,  I could see that what we worked so hard to learn was soon forgotten and I knew something was wrong.  I realized that I remembered information longer when I chose to study the subject.  Information learned in required classes tend to be quickly  forgotten.

In recent years I  found strategies to help students remember material longer, perhaps as long as they want to remember it.

As I discovered new learning strategies, I became more and more excited about this area. I am happy to be able to share the strategies I found most helpful.

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