Parents and Teens Will Get College Smart with a Dean!

Got questions about college? You might even have some anxiety about your students’ preparedness in taking this next big step. You wonder — are you all really ready for college? Find out by joining other college-bound teens and their parents on Sunday, May 15, at 7pm. Retired academic dean Dr. Bob Neuman will provide straight answers and […]


Lately, I’ve been spending more time on-line. It’s encouraging to come across great websites that focus on parenting, education and modeling successful behavior. Starting today, I plan to give a “shout out” to some of these websites. They have great information on a wealth of topics, including those near and dear to me — preparing […]

Add To Your Summer “Must Read” List

Coming by May’s end, my 3 new books that I consider “required reading” for parents and students: • College Smart, a new edition of Are you really ready for college? For readers from middle school to college Identifies 12 must-use strategies for college success. Studies show that 9th grade is the pivotal year for getting ready to […]

Learning In Layers

It’s all about repetition Learning takes time, it takes repetition and it’s done in layers, much like creating a 4-5 tier cake. Every day, another layer is added to a particular cake, whether it’s about the American Revolution or the physiology of a frog. Baker’s note: The ingredients that make each layer have to be prepped, […]

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Black Holes of the Learning Universe

Everywhere we see teens clustered around their smart phones, tablets, laptops and video games. While great fun, these digital devices can pose devastating distractions to students who need to concentrate while studying. The attraction these devices hold for kids is like the “pull” of a black hole. Research indicates that ANY limit placed on media […]

Dr. Bob’s recent TV interview about his new book

Dr. Bob’s recent TV interview about his new book With anchor Portia Young Broadcast on WISN ABC 12 in Milwaukee

The long-term consequences of cramming for tests

A dictionary definition of cramming would be something like this: “trying to quickly force material in a container that cannot hold it.” This definition just about sums up the disastrous “learning” technique that so many students have adopted in recent years. For many, it is the normal way of studying. It’s a habit that will […]

Difference between colleges & universities

Summer is the time that many families visit colleges. This article begins a multiple-part series about visiting colleges. Check back every few days to read about another topic. Today, we begin with the basics. Colleges and Universities. A university consists of a group of colleges, like Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Journalism, Health Sciences, and […]

Start planning for college in the sophomore year

For the student who is really serious about college, early planning is the key to the whole college selection and application process. How early? During the sophomore year of high school, students should begin the college search process. What does that mean? 1) At the start of the sophomore year, student and parents (don’t forget […]

Dr. Bob speaks to students of Lima Senior High School in Lima, Ohio