TEST ANXIETY

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WHAT’S TEST ANXIETY?

Today’s the day of a big test at school, and you feel awful. Your stomach hurts and you have a headache, maybe your mouth is dry and you feel like you have to use the bathroom more than usual. Your muscles may also feel tense and your body is shaky or sweaty. You know you haven’t been bitten by the flu bug — but you may have a case of the jitters, also known as test anxiety.

Here’s how test anxiety (say: ang-ZYE-eh-tee) works. Let’s say you’re worried about your math test because you didn’t do so well on the last one. Or maybe you’re kind of tense because you did great on the last one and you’re the kind of student who likes to get all As. When you’re feeling worried and tense, your whole body can be affected.

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WHAT MAKES ANXIETY HAPPEN?

Well, because we can’t outlaw tests, we might as well figure out how to ease test anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling a person gets when he or she expects something stressful to happen. When you’re under stress, your body releases the hormone adrenaline, which prepares it for danger, like when you’re running away from your older brother! Adrenaline causes the physical symptoms, such as sweating, a pounding heart, and fast breathing. These symptoms can be mild or intense.

Focusing on the bad things that could happen can make a kid feel more worried. A kid might think, “What if I forget everything I know?” or “What if the test is too hard?” Too many thoughts like these don’t leave much room in your mind to concentrate on remembering the answers to the test questions. People with test anxiety can also feel stressed out by the physical reaction and think things like “What if I throw up?” or “Oh no, my hands are shaking.”

These thoughts can get the person even more upset, making the anxiety even stronger. Now, the person feels worse and is even more distracted and unable to concentrate.

WHAT’S PERFORMANCE ANXIETY?

Test anxiety is a type of anxiety called performance anxiety. Performance anxiety is when a person feels worried about how they will perform on a specific task, especially when they think it’s really important. For instance, you might feel performance anxiety when you’re trying out for the school band or for the basketball team.

When you’re taking a test or about to have some sort of performance, you might feel “butterflies,” a stomachache, or a tension headache. Some people might feel shaky, sweaty, or feel their heart beating quickly as they wait for the test to be given out. A student with really strong performance anxiety may even feel like he or she might pass out or throw up.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Ask other people and you’ll find that just about all people — adults and kids — feel some anxiety before a test. In fact, a small dose of anxiety can be helpful, keeping you sharp and focused. But when your symptoms take over so that you can’t function or when you’re so anxious that you feel sick, you might not be able to do your best.

WHY DO WE TAKE TESTS?

If teachers know that students get stressed out about tests, why do they still give them? Believe it or not, both teachers and students benefit from tests. Tests measure how well students are learning the skills and information their teachers have been teaching them and teachers learn if they need to present information in a way that is better for students to understand.

And tests are a part of life — from the driving test you’ll take one day to the test you’ll take if you decide you want to be a doctor.

WHO GETS TEST ANXIETY?

Anyone can get test anxiety, but someone who really wants to do well might be more likely to feel this way. This is called being a perfectionist (say: per-FEK-shuh-nist). Kids who worry a lot also might feel anxious at test time. Perfectionists and worriers find it hard to accept mistakes they make or to get less than a perfect score. This creates more pressure for them.

As we mentioned before, not being prepared for a test (duh!) can cause test anxiety. Kids who don’t get enough sleep also can be more likely to have test anxiety.

WHAT CAN I DO?

You might be reading this article and saying, “Hey, that sounds just like me!” If so, we’re glad you recognize that this happens to you. Now you can start taking steps to lessen your test anxiety.

Here are some ways to do that:

Ask for help. Talk to your mom or dad, your teacher, or your school guidance counselor. Just talking to someone about test anxiety can make you feel better. Describe what happens to you when you’re taking a test and these people can help you figure out some solutions. For instance, learning study skills can boost your test-day confidence.

Be prepared. Pay attention in class. Do your homework. Study for the test. On test day, you’re more likely to feel like you know the material.

Expect the best. Once you have prepared, think positively. Say to yourself, “I studied and I’m ready to do my best.”

Block bad thoughts. Watch out for any negative messages you might be sending yourself about the test (“I’m no good at taking tests” or “I’m going to freak out if I get a bad grade”). These thoughts can make anxiety worse and make it harder for you to do well on the test.

Accept mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Be more forgiving of your own mistakes, especially if you prepared for the test and set out to do your best.

Take care of yourself. You’ll feel your best if you get enough playtime, sleep, and eat nutritious food. This is important all the time, but be extra sure you get all three the day before a test.

Breathe. OK, so you already know how to breathe. But did you know that breathing exercises can help calm you down? (Just try not to take in too much air because it might make you feel dizzy.) Here’s how to do it: Inhale (breathe in) slowly for four counts and deeply through your nose, and then exhale (breathe out) slowly through your mouth. Do this two to four times, and you just might breathe easier the next time you’re taking a test!

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8 IMPORTANT REASONS FOR TEACHING KINDNESS IN SCHOOLS

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December, 2018

Most people have heard the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’, which refers to a selfless act of giving resulting in the happiness of another person. Terms like this are increasing in popularity around the world, as more people identify a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.

It seems we just can’t get enough of those addictive feel good emotions and with good reason.

Scientific studies have shown that kindness has a great number of physical and emotional benefits, and that children require a healthy dose of the warm and fuzzies in order to flourish as health, happy, well-rounded individuals.

Patty O’Grady, PhD, is an expert in the area of neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology with special attention to the educational arena. She believes that “kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it. Kindness is an emotion that students feel and empathy is a strength that they share.”

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A GREAT NUMBER OF BENEFITS HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO SUPPORT THE THEORY OF TEACHING KINDNESS IN SCHOOLS:

1. HAPPY CHILDREN

Science explains that the good feelings we experience when being kind are produced by endorphins that activate areas of the brain that are associated with pleasure, social connection and trust, and it’s proven that these feelings of joyfulness are contagious, encouraging more kind behaviour by the giver and recipient.

2. INCREASED PEER ACCEPTANCE

Research on the subject has determined that kindness increases our ability to form meaningful connections with others. Studies show that kind, happy children enjoy greater peer acceptance because they are well-liked and that better than average mental health is reported in classrooms that practice more inclusive behaviour due to an even distribution of popularity.

3. IMPROVED HEALTH AND LESS STRESS

It’s widely documented that being kind can trigger a release of the hormone oxytocin which has a number of physical and mental health benefits as it can significantly increase a person’s level of happiness and reduce stress. More recently though, it’s been found it plays a significant role in the cardiovascular system, helping protect the heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing free radicals and inflammation, which incidentally speed up the aging process.

4. GREATER SENSE OF BELONGING AND IMPROVED SELF ESTEEM

Studies show that people experience a ‘helpers high’ when they do a good deed, a rush of endorphins that creates a lasting sense of pride, wellbeing and an enriched sense of belonging. Even small acts of kindness are reported to heighten our sense of wellbeing, increase energy and give a wonderful feeling of optimism and self worth.

5. INCREASED FEELINGS OF GRATITUDE

When children are part of projects that help others less fortunate than themselves, it provides them with a real sense of perspective and helps them appreciate the good things in their own lives.

6. BETTER CONCENTRATION AND IMPROVED RESULTS

As it increases serotonin, which plays an important part in learning, memory, mood, sleep, health and digestion, kindness is a key ingredient that helps children feel good. Having a positive outlook allows them greater attentions spans and enables more creative thinking to produce better results at school.

7. LESS BULLYING

Two Penn State Harrisburg faculty researchers, Shanetia Clark and Barbara Marinak say, “unlike previous generations, today’s adolescents are victimizing each other at alarming rates.” They argue adolescent bullying and youth violence can be confronted through in-school programs that integrate “kindness — the antithesis of victimization.”

Many traditional anti-bullying programs focus on the negative actions that cause children anxiety and often with little impact. Teaching kindness and compassion in schools, not only fosters the positive behaviour that creates warm and inclusive school environments, but helps children feel that they belong. It’s documented that the effects of bullying can be significantly reduced by integrating kindness based programs in schools.

8. REDUCED DEPRESSION

Dr. Wayne Dyer, internationally renowned author and speaker, says research has discovered that an act of kindness increases levels of serotonin (a natural chemical responsible for improving mood) in the brain. It’s also found that serotonin levels are increased in both the giver and receiver of an act of kindness, as well as anyone who witnesses that kindness, making it a wonderful natural antidepressant.

Maurice Elias, a professor at Rutgers University Psychology Department says that “as a citizen, grandparent, father, and professional, it is clear to me that the mission of schools must include teaching kindness. Without it, communities, families, schools, and classrooms become places of incivility where lasting learning is unlikely to take place.

We need to be prepared to teach kindness, because it can be delayed due to maltreatment early in life. It can be smothered under the weight of poverty, and it can be derailed by victimization later in life. Yet despite these and other travails, the receipt of kindness and the ability to show kindness through service are both growth enhancing and soul cleansing.

Kindness can be taught, and it is a defining aspect of civilized human life. It belongs in every home, school, neighborhood, and society.”

It’s become quite clear that modern education must encompass more than just academics, that in order for children to develop into happy, confident, well-rounded individuals, matters of the heart must be taken seriously and nurtured as a matter of priority.

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IS MY CHILD LEARNING ENOUGH?

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December, 2018

One of the big questions most new homeschoolers ask is, “How will I know if my child is learning?”

When a child is in public school he or she is constantly tested. Each week there are spelling tests, there are chapter tests on a regular basis, and in many states there is standardized testing. Many parents of public school students decide that if the grades coming home on test papers and report cards are good, then their child must be learning.

When students are pulled from a traditional school setting and placed in homeschooling it is sometimes difficult for the parent to know if the student is actually learning enough to keep up with their grade peers. A big problem is that homeschool students tend to not be tested as often as public school students. But is it really a problem and is testing the only way to know if a student is learning enough?

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HOW LONG?

Sometimes it is difficult to tell if a child is learning enough in homeschool because homeschooling generally takes much less time than traditional education. Homeschooled children generally do not spend as much time on a particular topic as traditionally educated students because they are neither ahead nor behind their classmates. Part of the reason for this is that your homeschooled child is receiving one-on-one attention. They do not have to wait for others to catch up, nor are they holding up other students back if they need to spend more time on a topic. If the student understands the topic then he or she can move on right away.

Traditional education is set up for a traditional school year, in many states that is approximately 180 school days. That is, for each subject an hour of instruction per day for 180 days, or 180 hours per subject. Now, consider this question: Is a public school hour of instruction really an hour? Students must move from class to class, spending time talking to peers, going to lockers, and moving between classrooms and even buildings. A traditional school hour of education might be as short as 45 minutes by the time moving, getting settled, and ready to actually learn are taken into account.

Homeschoolers can take almost all of that transition time out of their day. The commute from math at the kitchen table to history on the sofa takes considerably less time than moving from one end of a building to another and climbing a flight of steps or two. When was the last time you heard of a traditionally educated student actually finishing a complete textbook in a year? It is safe to say that a homeschooled student can probably cover more material in a school day than traditional educated students can. It is not unusual for a homeschooled student to complete the entire course in a homeschool curriculum.

TESTING?

Homeschooled students generally do not take as many tests as public school students do. Consequently, less time is spent teaching “to the test”. Teaching to the test limits a student’s exploration of a subject by limiting them to the material that will be tested. Testing is not necessarily a true measure of understanding of a topic.

In fact, standardized tests can be detrimental to students who are from different backgrounds and upbringings. Consider, for example, a standardized test question that asks reasons for the Civil War. Since the Civil War is viewed differently by different ethnicities, as well as different locations, a question designed to show understanding of the reasons behind the war might not realistically test a student’s knowledge.

Another problem with standardized testing is that some students are very test savvy, understanding how to take tests well even if they do not understand the subject matter. Other students are poor test takers and do not do well under the pressures of timed tests. A low score by a poor test taker is not a true measure of their knowledge or learning ability, only their testing abilities.

YOU’LL KNOW!

It sounds cheesy to say that you will know if your child is learning but the reality is that you will know if your child is learning. You can see it on their faces, you can tell by their attitude, and you will see forward progress.

If your student begins their homeschool day ready to go to school, moves quickly through their assignments, and is hungry for more information, it is safe to say that the student is learning.

If your student can not only give you the instructed materials on a multiple choice test, but can hold a conversation about the material you will know they understand the material. When a student can play the part of the teacher, either giving a speech, or teaching other children in a subject, then that student will have sufficient knowledge of a subject to move on to new material.

Finally, as the parent as well as the teacher it is possible to see the student in all stages of learning. You will not have to depend on a report card, or a test score. You will see your student work through the instructional material, watch them answer questions, and be able to judge for yourself if your student is actually learning.

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10 THINGS EVERY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SHOULD KNOW NOW

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December, 2018

Graduation day.

For years, you’ve imagined the day your deserving hand grasped that crisp diploma. Through exhausting tests and early wake-ups, graduation day seemed like some elusive, unreachable date on the calendar.

Now, though, you’ve earned the right to tread across the stage and into the vast horizon of possibility. The rite of passage into true adulthood has happened. As the familiar Dr. Seuss book has told you, you’re off to new places. You’re off to your dreams.

It’s thrilling. The optimism of what awaits you incites celebratory feelings and the tossing of graduation caps.

It’s also a little scary. The unknown dredges up fear and uncertainty. How do you know you’re ready?

It’s been 11 years since I was in your shoes, but it doesn’t feel so long ago, mostly because I never truly escaped my high school days. As an English teacher, I still live the high school experience every day, even if it’s from a different vantage point.

Because of this, I’ve come to appreciate the things I wish every high school senior knew before stepping out of the doors for the final time.

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1. YOU’LL MISS THESE DAYS.

I couldn’t wait to step out of those doors for the final time. Now, though, I can appreciate that despite the hardships, frustrations, mood swings, and mean girls, some of my best life moments happened in those high school hallways. Treasure the final moments because someday, you will want them back.

2. A COLLEGE DEGREE DOESN’T GUARANTEE YOUR DREAM JOB.

Don’t get me wrong…I’m a firm believer in the value of education. I’ve centered my career around it. However, please understand that earning your degree only opens doors for you. It doesn’t mean you’ll get to walk right through those doors with ease. It still requires work, effort, and networking to get to your dream job. You might not get that top-level job you have your eye on right out of college. It might be a decade until you get to where you want to be. Be prepared to work your way up, even after the next diploma is in your hands.

3. ADULT LIFE IS EXPENSIVE.

I never thought that at some point in life, a sale on vacuum cleaners or water heaters would be a blessing. Whenever you think you’ve properly finagled your budget, something will break. That something will cost more than you could ever dream. Even regular life will put a dent in your wallet. The freedom of adult life comes at a hefty price, and your disposable income might not allow for nightly caviar and expensive cocktails.

4. FRIENDS WILL COME AND GO.

Everyone always talks about high school friendships not lasting forever.

Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don’t.

Over the next few years, you’ll learn people will fade in and out of your life. It might feel like there is a friendship revolving door in your life. Know that’s okay. Learn to be your own friend and be confident enough to trek through life solo. Also know, though, that as friends make their exit, new people will enter your life. Learn to appreciate the present and who is with you now.

5. EVERY CHOICE YOU MAKE CAN IMPACT YOUR FUTURE.

Even seemingly insignificant decisions can lead your life down a different path. Be conscious of your choices and their impact, but don’t obsess over them to the point of overwhelming yourself.

Trust your instincts. Regrets are a natural accompaniment to freewill. Sometimes you just have to do the best you can at the time and understand that everyone wishes they’d done some things differently.

6. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART WHEN DECIDING YOUR CAREER.

Friends, family, and even society will try to dictate what job you pursue. Be confident enough to recognize it is your life. You are the one who has to work in the career you pursue. Find something that fulfills you and gives you purpose.

7. SALARY IS ONLY ONE MEASURE OF SUCCESS.

As a teenager, I thought money equated to fulfillment. I’ve learned that equation isn’t necessarily true. Find what truly makes you feel alive and purposeful. Sometimes dollar signs aren’t the answer.

8. DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE SURPRISED.

In high school, we’re told to plan for the future. However, I’ve come to realize sometimes the best things in life aren’t things we ever expected. We often end up in completely different places than we could’ve ever imagined. Surprise twists aren’t always a bad thing. Don’t be so rigid in your planning that you fear the unknown.

9. ACCUMULATE MEMORIES, NOT STUFF.

As I get ready to enter my 30s, I’ve learned the things that make me happiest aren’t the shoes, clothes, or technological gadgets I’ve accumulated.

It’s the memories.

The once-in-a-lifetime moments I’ve experienced with friends and family are what I truly treasure. Sometimes, it’s even small moments like sitting on the deck watching a meteor shower or going to a family gathering. Don’t spend your adult life collecting things that someday won’t matter. Collect moments with those around you. These are what you will treasure later.

10. YOU CAN NEVER BE FULLY PREPARED, SO JUST ENJOY THE CRAZY RIDE.

No matter how prepared you think you are or how much advice you receive, you can’t completely prepare yourself.

Adult life is hard. It’s stressful. It’s confusing.

But that’s part of what makes the journey beautiful.

No matter what, this is your story. There will be difficult times and mistakes. There will be regrets and mishaps. Enjoy every single moment, good and bad.

Don’t be afraid to explore, to be adventurous, and to change your mind.

Above all, high school seniors, never lose the optimism for your dreams that you have right now. Dream big, and live bigger, no matter what that looks like for you.

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SIX TIPS TO MEMORIZE FASTER

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November, 2018

The sedentary lifestyle we are leading is not only making our bodies lethargic but also making our minds feeble and sluggish. Walking up to a colleague and forgetting what we need, or forgetting the names of people we know closely are but a few scenarios that almost all of us encounter in our day to day life.

Sharp mind plays an important role, not only at work but to perform household chores as well. Asper Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, founder of Center for Brain Health shares, “Neglecting your cognitive health and allowing your brain to lose its mental edge with routine [life activities] rather than innovative thinking has unnecessary and deleterious economic, social and personal ramifications.”

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HERE WE BRING TO YOU A FEW POWERFUL TIPS THAT WILL BOOST YOUR MEMORY AND MAKE YOUR MIND SHARP:

PEN DOWN

This has been proven as the most efficient way to memorise things. According to the scientists, people who have the habit to write down, do much better in life than people who prefer to type. Writing harnesses large parts of the brain associated with language and memory. So, take out time, write and make your mind sharp

BREAK TIME

If you are one of those who eat your meal at your desk while staring at the computer screens, then discontinue this habit. Taking a break helps in memory consolidation and retention. Even a five minute break helps in relaxing your mind and you get the ability to recall information easily.

BREAK THE INFORMATION

Breaking the information in parts helps in remembering it. Make small groups of information you want to retain, like bank account numbers, important telephone numbers, and then you will remember them more vivdly.

MEMORY ROOM

Practice creating a memory room in your mind. This way you can remember everything. Create a house in your mind and try to place things and information in that house.

FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME

Research shows that our minds are not meant for multitasking. When we multitask, we cannot concentrate on one activity fully and our mind remains distracted. Focus on one thing at a time.

AN EMOTIONAL BONDING

Scientists say you are able to recall better when you make an emotional bonding with others. This helps in creating stronger memories and sharp minds.

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO DURING COLLEGE

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November, 2018

College is a wonderful time. You are just fresh out of high school with a head brimming full of ideas and ambitions. You have thought about what you want to be and are truly on the path of doing so to become what you have envisioned for yourself. But college is so much more than that. It’s not high school anymore and no expects you to be spoon fed. You have to do much more than being present in classrooms. Also, in college you are expected to start acquiring skills, skills that are going to help you kick start your career. College is going to be much more arduous unlike school. Brace yourselves for what awaits because the years go by fast and you have to take advantage of every second of your undergraduate years. College is as much about trying new things as it about preparing you for your future. So please keep these things in mind when starting college.

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THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE YOU START YOUR COLLEGE LIFE

LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE

In this day and age where people are increasingly becoming constituents of a multi-cultural society and jobs get outsourced to different places where people may not speak the language you know it is always a good idea to learn a new one. Not only does it separate you from the rest of the crowd, it also gives you incentive to try more and be more than you are. Learning a new language will also come in handy during job interviews because employers always prefer people who can contribute something more outside of their regular expected skill-set.

GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS

While this may sound like currying favour to you, it is not actually that. You don’t have to try and be friends with your college professors. The relationship should rather be that of a master and a disciple. Get to know your professors because they are the people best suited to guide you on possible future career choices. Soak up all of their sagaciousness like a sponge. Talk to them after class about courses, research projects, interviews and the like. It also helps create a particular image of you in their mind when they see someone being really sincere about their academics and the like; it may also help you gain brownie points during practical exams, viva and recommendations for jobs.

FIND AN INTERNSHIP

There are plenty things you can do to be head and shoulders above your peers. Grab an internship if and when you can. College students most find an internship in the penultimate year of their undergraduate years when the course structure is more forgiving than the other academic years. Internship experience also serves as a golden ticket allowing you to stand out during job interviews. It is of note that today college graduates who have been interns don’t have trouble finding jobs after college.

EARN A VALUABLE ‘CREDENTIAL’

Credentials are the next big thing. A credential in layman’s terms; is an additional course pertinent to your major that will help you narrow down your options while looking for a job. They could be anything. Maybe a new coding language for computer science and electrical engineering graduates like VLSI and Python. Or maybe, for those who want to make a career in finance could go for a Bloomberg certification. These are just a couple of examples. The advantage of gaining these credentials is that it goes to show you know how to acclimatize to the company’s data terminals.

CONDUCT RESEARCH OR DO A MINI PROJECT

Back in the day, college students assisted professors with research projects and theses. For students who can’t find an internship, this is a safer alternative. Conducting a research or creating a mini project goes to show that you are really passionate about your major and t helps during job interviews. More often than not employers are willing to employ people who have a real aptitude towards their subject rather than those who fetch the required marks. There is more to it than the aforementioned benefit, the critical thinking and problem-solving skills you gain from doing research and the ability to think quickly on your feet are traits that any employer would be more than thankful to see in a prospective employee.

LEARN TO DO YOUR TAXES

Take a personal finance class. Learn to manage your funds better. Squandering money is the easiest thing you can do. Learn how taxes work. Because at some point in your life you are going to start earning for yourself and you will be more than thankful to know how you are to go about these things lest you want to run the risk of being accounted for being a tax fraud. Nobody wants that.

These pointers though not very compressive are important know-hows. Always make sure that you keep yourself first because incidentally college is when you find your own footing. Each college and university offers something different to it’s students. Identify those and capitalize on them. Take some time out to find what your school has to offer to you. That being said, don’t burn out. Have fun every now and then. College life is the phase of your life that you are going to cherish forever. Make it count.

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THINGS YOU CAN IMPROVE IN THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

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November, 2018

A new school year can mean a new beginning. Make it one. You have probably learned by now that there is always room for improvement, especially when it comes to school. Even if your grades are perfect and you show up to every class, you can always find ways to do better, be better, and feel better. Ready to improve your academic year?

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LET’S GET STARTED.

DETERMINE WHERE YOU ARE FALLING SHORT

Before you design your action plan for improvement, you should take some time to figure out where you need to improve. Take a look at all the areas of your academic life and ask yourself what you want to see differently.

Are your grades low across the board, or maybe just in one or two areas?

Identify those academic areas where you may need some help. Is it the content? Or is it your study skills? Maybe you struggle with writing or taking notes.

Isolate those problem areas and then think about how to solve them.

Need help isolating those areas? Consider meeting with an academic support specialist on campus. Make an appointment with Student Services and put yourself on a path to identifying those areas where you need the most help.

ESTABLISH A ROUTINE

It is no secret that structure helps you focus. Develop a workflow for yourself. Figure out when you are going to work on homework, where it’s going to happen, and when you have time for extra things, like hanging out with friends and exercising. Make sure your routine allows flexibility, but also holds you accountable to what you need to get done.

Consider talking with that academic support specialist to help you develop a routine. Also, make use of a calendar.

SHOW UP TO YOUR CLASSES

It’s hard to know what you are missing if you don’t show up. Go to your classes. All of them. All the time. That should be your goal.

Of course, children and family commitments can prevent you from showing up, but your plan is to show up, be on time, and participate as much as humanly possible.

FIND A PROPER STUDY PLACE

Your study area should be consistent and free from distractions.

If you don’t need the internet, turn it off.

Studying in an area that’s too noisy? Move.

The study area, library corner, home office, coffee shop, wherever it is, make sure it’s comfortable, free from distractions, well-lit, and that you have everything you need. If that means making sure you are close to a pot of freshly brewed coffee at all times, make that happen.

OPEN YOURSELF TO NEW ADVENTURES

Yes, we know it is about academic improvement. Part of that means exploring new things. Be open. Sign up for that outing club hike you’ve had your eye on, or volunteer to take therapy dogs to the nursing home. Go to game night. Try out for a play.

These might be things you have wanted to try but haven’t. Push yourself a little. Go for it!

LOOK FOR STUDY BUDDIES

Be careful with this one. A good study buddy isn’t always a good friend, although it can be. A good study buddy won’t distract you. You need to make sure of it.

Collaborating with your peers is a great way to learn. Seek those In your class who want to succeed, and are open to study groups.

The best study buddies are the ones who challenge you, who get you to explain complicated concepts that you didn’t realize you knew — and who can explain things to you.

DON’T PROCRASTINATE

One culprit in academic underperformance? Procrastination. When you find something too challenging, it is easy to put it off because you don’t want to deal with it.

But by putting it off, you make it harder and that much more unreachable.

The other problem might be workload — when it gets too big, it is easy to put everything off and label it all as overwhelming.

Don’t delay the inevitable. Stick to your routine. If you need help, get it.

SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF

Write them down someplace visible, like on a sticky note posted on your bathroom mirror. These don’t have to be big, but they need to be specific and measurable. “I’m going to get at least a B in History,” for example. “Doing better” is a less measurable goal. “I need to write for an hour every day” and “I’m going to earn at least a 3.5 this semester” are specific, measurable goals.

Welcome back. You can do it. Make it happen.

Also read: The Do’s and Don’ts of Improving Your Academic Performance

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