A simple, systematic way to improve your reading comprehension.

Photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash

One of the most daunting assignments for students is reading a verbose textbook on an unknown subject. Despite its tediousness, students must quickly overcome this arduous task to excel and graduate.

Fortunately, we can all thank our academic predecessors for establishing systematic methods to maximize reading comprehension of complex material. They have blessed us with several methods, but the most straightforward is the P2R method.

P2R stands for Preview, Reading Actively, and Review.

The good news, you will not need to use the P2R method to read this article. …


This simple technique will improve your comprehension of any topic

Photo by Emily Xie on Unsplash

I enjoy reading comprehensive biographies, but I find it difficult to remember their dense content. Since I refuse to highlight, underline, write, or dog-ear any book, ever, I began writing my notes in a notebook.

Unfortunately, my previous method involved writing unstructured, continuous sentences resulting in stream-of-consciousness drivel. Until my wife, a Cornell Veterinarian School graduate, enlightened me in a better way.

She showed me the Cornell note-taking method.

I was expecting something much more convoluted than what she revealed. The technique was simple, organized, and forced me to synthesize the information I wrote.

It’s been around for the past…


Can this 100-year-old book improve your writing?

Photo by: Allyn and Bacon/AP

William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, is an absolute must-have resource for writers. You will be hard-pressed to find a more revered reference book in the writing community.

The numbers speak for themselves.

With over 10 million copies sold and the most popular text assigned in syllabuses, The Elements of Style is a classic reference book found on most writers’ bookshelves. Even the legendary Stephen King references it in his bestselling book, “On Writing.”

I know, it defies logic. A 105-page reference book published in 1920 can still be relevant enough to deliver practical tips for…


How the P.R.E.S.E.N.T. Principle helps dads take action

Photo by bruce mars on Unsplash

Career Dad

Career Dad is an unfortunate mindset among fathers. It is a traditional belief that we must devote most of our time and effort toward our careers instead of our children.

The Career Dad mindset causes constant pressure to prove ourselves to our boss, family, and friends. We believe the more time and effort we dedicate to our career, the more these people will see us as a successful provider.


And How Our Family First Lifestyle Made It That Much Easier

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Whether you refer to it as homeschooling or home education, parents are considering withdrawing their kids from school so they can educate them at home this year because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

As the school systems reveal their plans for returning to school, parents are diligently trying to answer three daunting questions.

Do we:

  • Send our child back to school?
  • Have them remotely learn online, if available?
  • Home educate them?

Unfortunately, home education is not as viable of an option for a two full-time working parent household. …


A simple, well-balanced weekday routine for your family

Photo by AbsolutVision on Unsplash

As we enter a new school year, amidst the current pandemic, our young children may be feeling anxious, frustrated, and nervous because they lack a well-balanced daily routine.

So, let’s help reduce their uncertainty and confusion by giving them a structured plan for learning at home.

Step 1: Review the schedule

Step 2: Customize it for your family needs

Step 3: Hang on your refrigerator for easy reference

This minimal amount of time can make a maximum difference in how successful your child will adjust to learning from home.

So, let’s get to it!

The Daily Schedule

GOOD MORNING (Before 9 am)

It’s time to begin their day…


More importantly, learn how to defeat them!

Photo by svklimkin on Unsplash

“Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.” — William Shakespeare

So what exactly are morality ninjas?

You may have heard them referred to as the seven deadly sins. They are classifications of our personal vices. Think of them as extreme versions of our natural behaviors.

Like ninjas, they sneak into our thoughts, actions, and beliefs, slicing away at our integrity and morality.

The good news is there are also seven weapons you can use to protect yourself. …


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified the seven most common categories of injuries

Photo by Muukii on Unsplash

I remember the child’s mother running towards the poolside, screaming at my dad to not let her boy die.

These mother’s words are what I remember most about the time I found her lifeless child in the deep end of a swimming pool.

I was just another kid on vacation visiting my aunt and uncle in Florida. As I approached their complex’s pool, I saw a boy my age lying motionless in the deep end. …


Challenge yourself to become a better person, no more excuses

Photo by Tim Graf on Unsplash

The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others.”

– John Locke

I was elbows deep into the tedious, strenuous process of learning how to build my website. During this specific brainstorming session, I was trying to come up with a smart way to categorize over 75 ideas for blog topics.

I definitely wasn’t expecting to discover two guiding principles for living my life.

I muddled around with various category names for a while. At one point, I had twelve, then six categories to cover…


And beware of the two common mistakes.

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

Have you heard, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast?”

Business management guru, Peter Drucker, is often credited with this quote. Even though its origin is debatable, the message is quite clear:

No matter how keen the strategy, the culture will determine its success.

This advice doesn’t only apply to companies. Even the most effective parenting strategies will fail if you haven’t built a conducive family culture.

I experienced over a dozen culture change initiatives throughout my 25 years of employment. One company I worked for hired three consulting agencies, within four years, to implement three different campaigns to improve company culture.

Alaric Linen

Writer | Blogger | Creator: aboutusbooks.com | Published on: The Startup, The Ascent, Family Matters, & Age of Awareness.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store