By Nia, Jada, and Bailey
The fall sememster is almost up!! Finally!!! Why does it seem like these past weeks have dragged on and sped past all at the same time?
With it being Bailey's first year in middle school, Jada's freshman year, and Nia's junior year, we've all had to step it up majorly compared to the past. It hasn't been easy, but here are 5 tips that got us through the last minute papers, big exams, and into the high scores. They can get you through any funk! Also, check out Words of Awesomeness: Quotes to Get You Through the Week.
Use Your Resources
You want to succeed and others want you to succeed as well! There are tons of awesome resources available FOR FREE that can help you ace all your classes. Some are:
Khan Academy (They’re SAT course is amazing and totally free!)
Brainfuse (See if your local library has a partnership with this program. They’ll review your essays for free!)
Sheppard Software (Their geography games can teach you an entire continent in 15 minutes.)
There are so many more, but these are just some of my favorites. Plus, if you ever have a question, Google it!! Take control of your education and don’t just rely on your teacher or parent. Find some resources!
Focus. Focus! FOCUS!
The key to any type of success is focus. Phones can wait. TV really isn’t THAT important. Stop accepting party invitations you don’t have time for! Believe me. From personal experiences, multitasking will not work! You have to focus if you want to succeed. Some great ways to focus are:
Silence that phone!
Turn on some inspiring instrumental (Try a Hans Zimmer station on Pandora)
Go somewhere you won't be bothered
Drink water to stay alert
Figure out what time of day you are more alert and do your most stressful stuff then
Take a break and do some exercises (dance parties to Cheetah Girls are the best!)
Stay structured (scroll down to see how!)
Use Your TIme Wisely
I started making an hour-by-hour schedule of my day in 9th grade and it totally changed my learning experience. Basically, what I do is I grab a sheet of paper first thing in the morning and scrawl out everything I need to do that day, from a Math lesson, to golf practice, to blogging, with an estimation of how long each activity should take me. Then I arrange each activity in an order that fits my day. As someone who is easily distracted, having a checklist helps keep my focused. After doing this for three years, I can’t imagine a day without some kind of structure or goals, so I end up making one on Saturdays and Sundays as well. Creating a schedule or a checklist creates goals. Surrounding myself with daily goals, even if they’re as simple as folding laundry at 4:15 or prioritizing so I’m in bed before 12 (which has become an rare high school night for me) teaches the joy of accomplishments and the consequences of neglect. I would definitely advise this method to any public schooler or home schooler!
Learning Should Never Stop-Nelvula Mathis
As a homeschooler, my schedule is awesomely flexible. I can go to parties or vacations in the middle of the school day with no stress, but of course, that’s lost school time. The way I, and most homeschoolers make up for lost school hours is in the summer. Don’t turn green quite yet, it’s not as daunting as you think. Setting aside an hour or two of your summer days is not that big of a deal. It’s actually super rewarding. Not only can you catch up from the school year, but you can prepare yourself for the one coming up. Especially in high school, that’s pretty important. I’m already planning on preparing to get ready for my PSAT, by doing extra math. Two hours may seem like a lot to take out off your day, but the results will be super sweet. And you don't have to wait for summer to put in a little extra effort! Studying for just one hour on Saturdays and Sundays makes a big difference as well! Give it a try, you'll love the results.
Please, please, please positive! Try your best not to stress on what you didn’t do, and just do your best ( That’s a nice little rhyme to remind you lol). Peter Pan and Wendy would not be soaring through the clouds if they didn’t think happy thoughts! Therefore you cannot accomplish great things if you do not think positively. Don’t worry, be happy! To be honest, this is very hard to do and even I have not fully mastered it. But it takes practice being positive. So, practice it!
We pray that these tips will truly help you next semester!! Never stop trying! Don't forget to check out Words of Awesomeness: Quotes to Get You Through the Week for more encouragement.
The Kamau Sisters
Hi! We're Nia, Jada, and Bailey Kamau. We laugh, sing, read, and have Narnia marathons probably more than we should. Thanks so much for checking out our blog!
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