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When Students Become Teachers: Learning Lessons

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Kyle_VDK is a community member in the 8th grade. He used to have a lot of trouble in school, and has made many changes of late. Now that he’s successful, he wanted to pass along the tips that worked for him.

  • Organization Organization is a big key to doing well in school. Even though you think you will make the same mistakes, such as forgetting homework, being organized actually helps that, even though you may think it will not. Of course it will not work if you think it won’t. If you put that tiny bit of effort into staying organized, it can make a difference from turning in a research paper, to not, which results as a 0 as a test grade. Organization will go a long way, even in the future. Once you are in college, you will not have your parents, or teachers reminding you to do everything, or helping you. You will be independent.
  • Doing a bit more When taking an essay test where you have a small space to write your answer, consider asking for a separate sheet or use the back of the test. Going that extra mile, rather than only filling what’s required, can garner you an A… while your classmates may have a B.
  • Procrastinating Many of us procrastinate. Even now, I tend to procrastinate. So you missed a few days of school, and you need to do some make-up homework. The first night after you go back, you have no homework. Why not do it then instead of procrastinating until you have to have it done? You are only going to be stressed, and do less quality homework. It is always good to get something over and done with, instead of letting it pressure you.
  • Study habits Most students, by high school, have figured out their study habits. You may like to study in different ways. Some people like to read things out loud to themselves, some people want other people to read to them, and some people even re-write things on paper to get it into their head. Currently, I have actually not figured out my study habit. It is still a mystery to me. Deciding which way you study the best can result in better test results. Studying ten minutes a night, even if you do not have an upcoming test/quiz can help you a lot in your grades. Nobody likes to finish a day of school, and have to do hours and hours of studying for a test the next day, but many people actually do it. Studying in segments every day can help relieve the stress of an upcoming test, and you will have more time doing things that you like, such as sports, or computers.
  • Rewards Why, do you ask, should you work hard and get the best grades you can? Getting good grades might reward you with more permissions in your high school. iI you get good grades, you can sign yourself out of study hall. Your parents may even pay you a certain sum of money for every A you get. When I get not-so- good grades, I get less time on my computer. When I get better grades, I get more time.

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Stay in School

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The best day out of school in the entire year is the last day. It’s that feeling of freedom. Here are some excellent tips sent in to help you get to (and stay IN) school when you need to.

  • Set your clock ten minutes fast. This will make you think you may have overslept, but will instead give you a few extra minutes to get woken up.
  • Get your backpack ready the night before. Most people wait until the last minute. By packing your bag at night, you’re more careful and tend to not forget things.
  • Get your clothes ready the night before. You’ll know you have clean clothes ready, and will increase time for other things in the morning.
  • Do what you need to do first. Don’t go check your email until after you have done the essential things.
  • Keep track of time. This may seem simple, but is not for some people. Try to put your watch on first thing in the morning, and have an alarm set on it to let you know when it’s about time to leave.

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Take Notes at School

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High school and college aren’t easy for most people to fly through. Here are some tips sent in by regular community member Snakeyes. He is a college student, and wants to share his tips for study and information retention.

  • Go to class and be prepared, don’t show up with nothing to write with. What I see a lot, is students go to class with no paper or pen/pencil. It may also help to bring more than one writing utensil. You may want to bring a highlighter and some extra pens. If you use a laptop to take notes make sure the battery is fully charged, or find the closet outlet. Be sure to save previous notes and study them every day. You never know when there be a pop quiz or a test. Don’t save your homework till the last minute. Read your assignment and do your work before it’s due.
  • Have a conscious effort to listen and be attentive. Sometimes students will ask off topic questions and you get bored and you fall off topic. So always be prepared and stay attentive. Be prepared to be Adapt to whatever direction a lecture takes. When a lecture takes an unexpected detour, say a student asks a question you aren’t particularly interested in, students have a tendency to “zone out.” Before you know it, the lecture got back on track five minutes ago, and you missed crucial information that should have been noted. It’s very easy to get off topic, If YOU do miss anything that day in class ask a friend or someone else for notes. If you were sick one day are you come back to class to then realize your having a test, don’t blame the instructor for planning the test on that day, always ask someone for notes when you were sick so you can write them down.
  • Use a method that works for you. If you are a big fan of two column notes than use that method. Be sure to also start each lecture on a different page and make sure you date and label all your notes. Don’t use the same notebook for each class. Use a different notebook for each one. You don’t want to be writing notes for your history class in your math binder. Make sure you always keep your notes dated and put them in order, this will help you study for tests and final exams. It’s always important to Develop a system of abbreviations and symbols you can use wherever possible.
  • Pay close attention to content. if something is written down on the overhead or the chalkboard write down, even if you think it’s not important. Write down definitions to words that are listed. Make sure you write down anything that is repeated or spelled out, Usually when my teacher writes something down multiple times I know it’s going to be on a test later on.
  • Last step, Review your notes. Re-read/study at least 24 hours later to make sure it’s still fresh in your mind. Be sure to Edit for words and phrases that are illegible or don’t make sense. Write out abbreviated words that might be unclear, so that you have a better meaning of the word. If you need to make corrections or would like to edit your notes, choose another color to determine what u actually wrote in class and what you just edited. If key words and questions are still unclear to you look go back and re-read the chapter and fill in the definition in the left column. If you are still unclear circle it or underline it and ask the professor or teacher. Fill in anything you may have left from the textbook as well make sure the textbook and your notes match.

Kat was on the Ventrilo server with me during this video, and wanted to add a tip she used in college.

When taking notes, I wrote absolutely everything down. I began college at the age of 29, as a single mom who worked full time. Since I had been out of school so long, I was concerned about information retention and studying. After class, I would then go through all of my notes, and highlight the important areas. Then, I would get fresh paper, and make myself an outline for that day’s class. Once I found how easy this made it for me to remember things, I made it a practice for every course through my entire college career. It certainly helped me to graduate Summa Cum Laude, with dual degrees.

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