If you read only one page out of this book, do make it this one!
The Truth is, my friend, that what you perceive about yourself is not the truth. You have been misperceiving through a lens of accumulated past failures. School doesn’t really suck, but it sure seem that way. Why? Because of your past experiences.
You are not your past experiences. If, however, you base your evaluation of your own abilities and school experiences on things that didn’t go well, then a lens forms. If you bought this book, and I titled this book just to attract you, then there is the perception that school sucks for you, and most likely that you lack certain abilities to succeed in school.
Let me dismantle that untruth for you right now. Your perception is based on the past. The past does not exist right now; it is only a memory, or a filtered experience hanging out in your mind. It’s not your current reality.
Your reality is right now, my friend. And you have choices. So many options are available to you, but you have to release your current illusion that there is something wrong with you and school. There is nothing wrong. There are no mistakes. Your truth is not, “I can’t” or “I suck,” or even “School sucks.” That title was just a ruse to draw you into the truth.
Your truth is that you are infinite potential, powerful and magnificent.
The explanations and solutions in this book are designed to help you tap into that truth and your infinite potential nature. It’s already within you.
My hope is that this called to you for some reason, and you are ready to work toward your infinite Potential.
Please reach out to me. I am here to help.
I Love You!
Michelle E. Donah, Ph.D.
Dr. Donah is by far the most nurturing and one of the most intellectual academics I have ever come into contact with. As a student, I felt her constant support, which helped tremendously, and also helped me gain confidence in the classroom and in myself. The unconventional, yet highly productive ways to learn, test taking strategies, and ways to deal with stress/anxiety make Dr. Donah such a upstanding teacher, mentor, and coach.
J.J., student, former mentee
Dr. Donah has a special gift helping children and teenagers understand the nature of their challenges in ways that help them engage with empowering interventions. She has encouraged her clients to see themselves in a positive light. She guides them with new thoughts and behaviors necessary to change their lives significantly. She has been the change factor for many youth, redirecting their futures from potential tragedy to success.
Dr. Carol Armstrong, Psy.D.
Having Dr. Donah as my son’s life coach was a game changer.She taught him strategies to help him become and stay organized without the use of typical ADHD medications. By putting Dr. Donah’s concepts to use, he became more proactive at approaching his teachers for help in class and is now a more confident and independent student”
My son has been suffering through school for years until we met Michelle Donah. He couldn't seem to translate his natural intelligence into good grades which made him an anxious and unmotivated student.
From the moment I met Michelle, her energy had me convinced that she would have my son's back.
Michelle met him once a week, to go over his weekly plan. She taught him how to study and kept me in the loop of the process.
My son has been transformed into a happy, successful student and is even looking forward to returning for his senior year.
I have read the book and it's absolutely perfect! It describes exactly what the student goes trough, that he/she is not alone and assures that there are solutions to each and every struggle the student may face.
The book is geared towards students but is equally successful in communicating to parents and teachers what is going on in the mind of their children and students.
Absolutely a must read!
Michelle Donah was an important influence that kept me afloat throughout my first year of high school during an especially crucial time of school; the transition year from middle school to high school. The biggest difference I noticed when switching from middle school was how much freedom you get during the day with study periods, and with that freedom comes with a lot of responsibilities. She helped me stay focused on completing assignments during free periods, instead of hanging out with my friends. She showed me the importance of doing some work at school and that helped keep me calm and not get overwhelmed at night with too much homework. She also showed me how to organize my computer to set reminders, daily tasks, and be much more organized, which helped me stay on track with all my assignments. Teachers don’t usually teach you how to do that so I was struggling with so many things to remember. It’s not all work though, she also believes that there should be time to just chill out and let yourself relax. Furthermore, she doesn’t only help people through school assignments or time management, Dr. Donah can help you feel less stressed. My school year was much more enjoyable and successful. Infinite love and gratitude.
Simply put: Dr. Donah understands kids. She understands their inner and outer lives; she understands how to inspire and encourage and connect with them. More than anything, what I admire about Dr. Donah is how she advocates for her clients.
Dr. Kellen Graham, Dean of Academics Cannon School
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About the Book
Tired of the nagging? The disappointment? Being labeled an underachiever? Accused of “not working to your potential?” This is your book! Relying on her own background as a struggling learner and success as a life and academic coach, Dr. Donah provides a wealth of information and tools for improvement. Just in Case . . . School Sucks is a personal conversation with Dr. Donah, who spills her secrets for transforming “school sucks” into school success. Rarely do professionals write books that explain the brain to teens. Teens thrive when they understand their brain. Just in Case . . . School Sucks does it all, providing brain-based and brain-friendly explanations that make sense and immediately alleviate stress and improve self-esteem. Readers are encouraged to pick and choose the options that work best for their unique situations and personalities. The included Bonus Test-Taking Guide alone has already helped many feel more confident. This book is a win-win for all.
About the Author
Dr. Donah has acquired the local reputation as the “teen whisperer.” She has intervened on behalf of teens who have struggled and help them find their strengths as successful young adults and learners. Dr. Donah knows first- hand the difficulties of learning differently, She developed and used her own strategies over the years. After earning her Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University, Dr. Donah has taught at the university and high school level, is a certified personal trainer, and specializes in behavior change and life coaching. Additional certifications in HeartMath® and The LifeLine Technique® have added to her repertoire of skills she uses to coach trans and adults alike in reducing stress and creating positive change.