Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Reading is awesome.
Some teens take advantage of books because they view them as a requirement that teachers force us to read as punishment.
There are many goods teen books out there.
These are just a few of my favorites:
1. Sarah Dessen books are always good.
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2. "Party" by Tom Eveen is a really cool book about how lives are interconnected.
3. Susan Colasanti books are also very good.
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Those are just a few of the MILLION out there.
Comment if you've read those books or if you want me to give you more book suggestions!(:

Monday, October 18, 2010

It's 2:00 am... is your homework done?

You blew it. You kept telling yourself that you would finish that project early this time, but now it's 8:00 pm, the night before it is due, and you're freaking out. Don't worry, I'm not here to scold you about procrastination; instead, I'm here to help. Take a deep breath, and follow these steps.
  • 8:00 pm- CHILL OUT. Calm down. You won't get anything done if you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off. Chill out, and tell yourself that you're not going to get distracted or do anything else until you get this done. (Get off of Facebook!)

  • 8:00 pm- Examine. Take a critical look at the assignment. Is it an essay? a poster? a power point? a model? Determine what supplies you need to finish this project, and clear your working space to get started.

  • 8:15 pm- Break it up. Break up the project into small, easy-to-swallow pieces. A bunch of small steps look much more manageable than a massive assignment. Make a checklist, get comfortable (you may be here for a while), and realistically plan out the time it will take, to keep you on track.

  • 8:30 pm- Start. What are you waiting for? Dive head-on into the assignment. Focus on content as opposed to small things like decorations and color. In the end, the content is what will scrape up points for you, not the clip art.

  • 12:30 am- Evaluate. After you have worked for a good few hours, take a step back and analyze. How much do you have done? How much do you need to do? If you can reasonably finish within the next hour or two, go ahead. If not, skip down to the next step.

  • 1:30 am- Go to sleep. If you just can't take it anymore, and find yourself getting easily distracted, go to bed. Chances are, by this time, you're cranky, you're frustrated, your productivity level has tanked, and you're cursing your teacher's name. My internal limit is usually around 2:00, but it varies from person to person. Go to sleep, and put your alarm on for early in the morning so you can finish then (Depending on when your school starts, this could be anywhere from 3:00 to 5:00).; you'll be surprised how much just one or two hours of sleep can change your outlook on the project.

  • 7:30 am- If you still aren't done... Hopefully, you've finished by now. If not, take it to school, and work on in every spare second you have, whether it be before class, after class, or during lunch.

  • DEADLINE- Turn it in... or talk. If you feel moderately satisfied with what you've completed, just turn it in. Even if its incomplete, you might be able to scrape up a passing grade. If what you've finished is nothing close to done, talk to your teacher. Some teachers, if you are completely honest and sincere, will give you an extra day to finish, albeit they might take a few points off. If they don't let you, just turn in what you have (hey, it's better than a zero), and learn from your experience. And keep your ears perked for extra credit!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

How to Stay on Your Teacher's "Good Side"

  • Act interested. Try to honestly be interested in what your teacher is talking about. (That means no sleeping in class, unfortunately.) If you go into class with this mentality, not only will you enjoy it more, your teacher will appreciate your enthusiasm.

  • Go the extra mile. Teachers have plenty of students who try to scrape by, by doing the bare minimum. Small steps, however, can set you apart from the rest. Type, instead of write, an essay even if it's not specifically required. If you find a news article on something relevant to the class, bring it in and share it with the teacher. It won't require much extra work on your part, and your teacher will take notice.

  • Ask questions...wisely. Yes, ask questions. Teachers are there to help, and you really shouldn't hesitate to ask... after you've tried to answer the question yourself. Ask questions if you honestly don't understand something, not if you're just too lazy to find it out for yourself.

  • Do your homework. This goes hand in hand with the "acting interested" part. Consistently completing your work proves to your teacher that you are a hardworking individual.

  • Use your manners. This may sound obvious, but you'll be surprised how much simple please's, thank you's, and good morning's can make a teacher's day.

  • Follow basic class rules. This means putting your cell phone on silent, coming to class with your supplies, and raising your hand to talk. Yeah, it may sound like too much effort right now, but it definitely pays of really well in the long run. This shows your teacher that you respect them enough to follow their classroom regulations.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

How to: pay attention in math class.

I really really really really dislike math. I can't help but doze off into dreamland during math class. As interesting as the formulas to solve for the interior and exterior angles are, I'd rather be thinking about the weekend or what's for lunch.

If you think about it, unless your eating pi, math really isn't that interesting.

I'm more of an English girl myself. (No offense to all of you math loving people!)
I've been trying this new technique lately to help me focus in math class.

If you go into math thinking,"Ughhh I hate math. I can't find x for my life."

That attitude will define your effort in the class, which defines your grade.
Try this
1. Be excited. Pretend you're going on an adventorous hunt to find x, y, or even z!(:
2. Pretend that you like math.
3. Sit up straight! If someone were to put a book on your head while you are sitting it should'nt fall.
And remember, Math is fun! But, English is better!

How to Lighten Your Load

  • Folders/Binders
    My freshman year, I made the mistake of buying a 1 and 1/2 inch for each of my seven of my classes. Not only was it a pain to carry around everyday, I ended up not needing a lot of the extra space. This year I was wise enough to simply get two separate 3-subject notebooks. While it's fun to buy a lot of different binders and notebooks in fun patters over the summer, keep in mind that you'll be regretting it later.

  • Textbooks
    If your school is fortunate enough to have a class set of textbooks, then you're one of the lucky ones. Unfortunately, all of us aren't. When managing your textbooks, think: What do I need in class everyday? Which books are available online? If you aren't required to bring the book to class, why lug it out there everyday? As long as it is not interfering with your grade or classwork, it is perfectly acceptable to leave you books in your locker or at home.
  • Backpacks
    You want to purchase a sturdy backpack with wide straps, because trust me, any other will leave your back aching. Girls (because I know some of you are shaking your head through this), if you absolutely must carry a tote bag instead of a proper backpack, at least get a large one so it can hold all of your supplies, and one with sturdy, broad straps so that it won't be cutting into your shoulder.
  • Paraphernalia
    Small things add up! Only bring your calculator on days that you need it. Bring a small water bottle, and just fill it up during the day. Take out unnecessary items (girls, is it really essential for you to bring a full size mirror and brush in your bag?), and leave them at home. Remember, you're just going to school, not on vacation. Guys can leave their two-ton wallets at home (a few dollars and your i.d. should be plenty for a day), and girls can leave their enormous makeup bag at home (At the most, a tube of concealer and lip gloss should be good).