School Tips and Tricks

1. Make a good lunch

Seriously.  Cannot.  Stress.  This.  Enough.  I know it’s hard-it’s nighttime and you just want to get to sleep-or it’s the morning and you have to rush to the car-but it’ll make your day better in the long run.  This year I got a sectioned lunch box, so on special days I can make a fancy lunch, like a bento.

2. Keep all your notes in one notebook

I personally have found that instead of using an individual page every time I want to take notes, and facing the possibility of it falling out, I can just use one spiral notebook.  especially good-a notebook with sections to it.  That way, you can dedicate one section to a class you take a lot of notes in-like science or math.  And another section can be for miscellaneous notes, and maybe even one for assignments.

3. Get your work done well..but pace yourself

It took me a while to learn this one.  I always liked being able to say “I worked all night on this!”  or “I don’t have time to do anything, I have so much work!”  I still struggle with this.  Thing is-unless the assignment is unreasonable-you should be able to finish things at a normal pace.  Find something to motivate you, like a TV show, or a snack to have on break.

4. Be kind to the teachers

I hold firm to this belief.  Even though teachers are supposed to be impartial, they are still human.  Which means that they are probably more likely to give you grace when you forget to bring an assignment in, or need something from your locker.  Not to say you should be a suck-up, that would probably just annoy them.  But give them attention during class, try not to talk back, and be generally respectful.

5. Have one area where you keep all your school stuff

There is a small square of unused space created by the piano and the wall in my living room, which I generally use as my ‘School Pile’.  Also, keep it in an area that you see before you leave, to avoid forgetting anything.  And make sure, that after you use something, you PUT.  IT.  BACK.

I’ll add more tips later if I think of them.  ^_^  Or if you guys happen to mention some good ones, I might put them on the list as well!  Of course, I’ll give the author credit.  So feel free to comment with school tips or how you’re feeling about school starting again soon.  Also, don’t forget to like or follow if you enjoy my blog!  Have a good last few days of summer vacation. 🙂

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

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Decor and School

So…haven’t posted in a while.  That’s because I have been working on decorating my room!  *Confetti*  Pictures?  Yes, pictures.

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I have two bulliten boards, one has pictures of myself and others I know (which I may add other things to later) and this one has drawings, tracings, black and white pictures I colored in, and one picture of catbug saying “Finals? Put a little fence around it!”

 

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This is one of my favorite additions, a lamp from Ikea with flowers going up the side of the glass.

 

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This is the upper half of my bookshelf. Up top, you can see my obsession with pandas and below, my color-coded shelves of books. The color-coding was suggested by my older sister who has done the same to her bedroom. See if you can find the Little bit of anime fandom in the picture 😉

 

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This is a huge fan that rests on the wall above my bed.

 

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One of my favorite parts of the room, the study-space-to-be. It’s rather messy right now. It is a large windowsill that faces my front yard. I hope to add some pillows, and little personal touches as I go along. It’s right next to an outlet, so I can easily use my laptop, or a CD player. Possibly other little personal touches as I go along.

You like?  If you have any thoughts or decorating tips feel free to share ^_^  I apoligize for the bad quality of the photos, I am a dork who does not know how to use a proper camera, so I use the magic that is webcam pictures through pixlr.com.  One of the pictures I even changed a bit to be a little easier on the eyes xD

Now that I have shared those pictures with you, I will talk about what is happening in about a week.  School.  So I have been pondering how to make this school year better, and more interesting.  I was thinking-I could make a post about it.  So be looking out for the going back to school 101 post!  If you share tips from your own experience below, I may even include them!  Of course, I will give credit to the author if I do so.

Feel free to comment, like and/or follow if you enjoy my blog, and I’ll talk to you again soon.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

What to Do the Last Day of School

You know what is driving me insane?  The lack of fun/cool things to do the last day of school.  Almost every idea I find online is something about being rude, or mean, or breaking the rules.  Isn’t there anything that is fun for everyone?

The only thing that I can think of on my own is a very vague idea: dress strangely.  Like, in something I would normally never wear to school.  Some type of costume, maybe?  However, I don’t know what to wear.  Also, I feel as if there is something else I could do that is a bit more exciting.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Me some time later after the previous two paragraphs:  So, I thought of a few things.  A few really nerdy, goody-two-shoes things.

1.  Make notes to all the teachers with a list of at least three things you like about them

Yeah, teachers are human beings too.  They enjoy compliments.  They also have probably wanted to strangle you quite a few times throughout the year due to your misunderstanding of what seems obvious to them, however they did not.  Not just because it’s against the law-but because they’re nice.  Do something nice for them, why don’t you?

2.  Make [Insert sweet here]s!

Well, I was going to make apple muffins but it turns out that it’s a few months overdue.  :/  So, I am asking my mother to buy something at the store and bring it home later.  Anyways, you know what would be awesome on the last day of school?  For everyone to bring in food, making it a potluck.  Unfortunately, people don’t do that, but you could start the tradition!  Bring in some sweets, just make sure not to just give it to your ‘friends’.  I am going to give it to my entire class, and if there is extra, some to the teachers.  I would like to give them to the entire school, but I can’t make that many xD

3.  Pack a good lunch

I make my lunches in the morning before school, and personally, I often make a lunch that is boring or not enough and regret it later, just because I’m tired.  If you have to, even make it the night before!

4.  Make a good breakfast

Start of the end of school with something other than a grumbly stomach.  Maybe eat one of those [insert sweet here] you made for #2?  😀

5.  Dress up, dress down, look crazy

Now, I don’t want anyone breaking dress code rules because of this-but wear the opposite of what you usually wear.  A girl, but not so girly?  On the last day, curl your hair, put on a dress, but only if it’s fun.  Or

6.  Movie Party

Invite some friends to come to your house after school for as long as they can and watch some movies, play some games, talk about the year, and what you’ll do in the summer.  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do this one, as it will be rather last minute.  But I may be able to get some of my close living friends to come.

That’s all I can think of right now.  Any suggestions?  PLEASE comment below! ^_^

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Finals Tip #13

#13.  Don’t be afraid to go a little off your planned schedule 😉

     I don’t mean decide to stop studying math and watch some TV.  Please don’t do that!  I mean, if you notice that, for example, you’ve practically got the entirety of your math book memorized and know how to use it inside and out, but that science class has you confused every time, it won’t hurt to spend some or even all of the time you planned for the easy subject studying the harder subject instead.  

Hope this was helpful!  If you have any tips for finals, share them in the comment section!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Finals Tips #11 and #12

#11–Reserve one folder for finals papers.

     It’s much easier to begin studying when you don’t have to dig through a mountain of papers to find the right ones.  

#12–Make finals packets

Get the study guide, look it through, and get the tests/worksheets needed to study those things.  Then, staple them together and put them in your folder.  That way, whatever you need to study will be right there when you need it.

Hope these helped!  I’ll be posting more later 😉  feel free to comment with your finals tips.

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉

Preparing for Finals

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My finals are in about a week, though your’s may be sooner.  I hope, however, that this comes in time to help you.

Of course, this advice will be for myself as much as for you.  I have a short attention span, so part of the reason I am posting about this today is to establish what I will do this year.  I will use advice from other sources, as well as from myself, which I will provide at the bottom in case you want to visit them, and also from my own experiences.

Now, one thing to remember that not many people mention, is that everyone is different, and therefore different techniques help them.  So, while some may be fine studying with TV on in the background, others (*coughcough* me *cough*) say they do and then get nothing done.

So, here are my “Final Survival Tips”

1.  Turn.  Off.  The.  TV.

Unless you are one of those weird people who can study with the TV on (Yeah, they exist) then turn it off.  In fact, don’t even be in the same room as the TV, lest you be tricked into the mesmerizing activity of diligently staring into those bright LED lights instead of your textbook.

2.  Make a finals playlist.

Exception: Some are prone to distraction with music on in the background, in which case it is a big no-no, but this tip is for the music lovers like me, who can’t go five seconds without a song in their heads 😉  I am working on mine now, through YouTube, since I usually have my computer with me.  But you could do this on your ipod, or have a special box of cd’s set aside, whatever works for you.  Some artists I would personally suggest, for instrumental music, are Joe Hisaishi, with his song “One Summer’s Day”, Lindsey Stirling, and Vitamin String Quartet.  Some suggest that Mozart’s music has a special quality to it that enhances the benefits of studying, and while I’m not sure if that’s true, it doesn’t sound too bad. 😉

3.  Secure a study spot.

This is a great idea for anyone.  It doesn’t even have to be in your house.  Love nature?  Go study on that big rock on your lawn.  My study spot has been secured, and while I usually study on the couch in front of the TV, that doesn’t work very well.  So, this year I am planning on studying on the large windowsill out looking the front yard, which has a thin bed-like cushion on it.  Note: Some sources suggest that alternating study spots is a better technique, but I could not find enough backup information in order to feel comforatable presenting that as a tip.

4.  Give yourself rewards

You know how as soon as you sit down to study, those chips begin to look really good, or that new show is coming on, and if you miss it…well, lets just say being sad by refusing yourself these things isn’t going to help you through studying.  So how do you find a balance?  Rewards.  Every time you successfully finish a period of focused studying for say, an hour, give yourself a reward.  Like getting a snack to eat while you begin the next thing-just make sure it’s a bowl of chips, not the bag 😉  And by focused studying, I mean not taking a quick phone call in the middle, or getting distracted by the butterflies for ten minutes.

5.  MAKE A SCHEDULE!!!

You can tell it’s important, because I capitalized it ^_^  But seriously.  I personally know that I am a very scatter brained person.  Not only will it keep you at a reasonable pace, but it will also lower your stress level.  And I mean a schedule on paper, with times, not in your head!!  Important note: schedule in breaks.  Pretty much every human needs a break.  Do an hour of studying, and then have a five-minute stretch.  Just remember to stay on schedule.

6.  Get sleep

This is one of the main reasons that procrastinating is frowned upon.  Not only will lack of sleep affect how well you do the day of the test, but it will affect how much information you retain when preparing for the test.  Also, it will help you to focus.  Hopefully, if you follow number 5 well enough, this will not be a problem. 😉

7.  Talk to teachers

If the teacher tells you he/she will be in his/her room after school for an hour to tutor students who are having any trouble, don’t be afraid to go.  They know what will be on the test, and will therefore know what to quiz you on.  Also, remember, it’s not the stupid people who go to tutoring sessions–it’s the smart ones who want to get a decent grade.  I’m already planning to go to my math teacher’s room this Wednesday for about an hour with others to study.  Memorize all the theorems!!

8.  Get the study guides

Get the study guides, keep the study guides, and go over the study guides.  I know personally that I often come up with questions about assignments or tests last-minute, because that’s when I double-check with the rubric or study-guide.  Don’t do that.  Also, while the teacher is talking about the final, take notes.  It is tempting sometimes to zone out–after all, she just gave you the study-guide–but many times they will answer important questions you may have later.  So write down anything not on the study guide that she says you may need to know.

9.  Read your notes and/or book chapter aloud

I thought it was silly when my mother told me to read my math page aloud.  Why would that help me if I don’t understand the teacher explaining it in class?  But I was surprised to find that it did help to read it aloud.  It made me pay attention enough  to notice things I hadn’t before.  This is a great way to study, I highly encourage it.  Even better, as you read it to yourself, record it with something, like an ipod.  Then, later, when you are stuck somewhere without a book, and you’re super bored, you can at least listen to the information.  Also, if possible, it would be good to listen to it as you fall asleep.

10.  Quiz with a friend

If you’re too stressed, it won’t matter a lot how much you’ve studied.  Find a way to make studying fun.  Studying with a friend may help with this–you can meet somewhere like a Starbucks.  While sipping on your coffee, you can quiz back and forth.  It’s an enjoyable way to learn, and will give you a sort of break while still studying.

11.  Don’t go “THE FINALS!!”

While the introduction to this top was rather strangely worded, my point is, don’t view finals as this massive, terrifying, blob of stress coming to eat you.  It’s just some big tests.  You’ve taken tests before.  Also, if you study properly, and get enough sleep, it will be a snap 😉  You got this.

For more reading…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPTh8OEBwEo

http://publicrelationsmatters.com/2010/11/30/26-tips-for-studying-for-final-exams/

http://www.simmons.edu/blogs/300thefenway/2011/12/7-awesome-study-tips-for-finals.php

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/01/study-tips-for-exams-12-ways-to-ace-your-finals_n_789731.html#s193417&title=Alternate_Study_Spots

Do you guys have any tips or funny final stories?  Share them in the comments.  Also, I am planning to give other tips as I learn them throughout the studying to come.  Time for…ALL THE STUDYING!!!

DFTBA,

Rambling Writer 😉