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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Study Skills in High School

There really is no way to avoid homework or to get around studying for quizzes and tests or final exams. As soon as you understand this, the sooner you can reach academic success. If you do not take class assignments and reviewing for tests seriously, you are headed for disaster.

Before we go over some ideas to better your chances for academic success, you should realize what good grades are good for. Firstly, you will stand out from your classmates. Do not think about the notion that people may call you a nerd. Other students would get those kinds if grades if they could. Secondly, good grades give you a sense of accomplishment. And thirdly, they will help you get into a better position to get accepted to the college you hope to.

A good starting point is getting yourself a notebook where you can track all of your assignments in all subjects. You can keep track of everything here in one place so that things do not get overlooked. Falling behind in any subject is bad and will feed on itself. When you can see what work lies ahead for you, you can determine a schedule and strategy for getting it all done.

Now that you have an idea of what you need to get done, you need to set aside time for studying. This cannot be something you do here and there. This needs to be done every day. It is amazing how much better the results are if you stick to your schedule all year long.

Now let’s say you are trying to prepare for a big math test. You will probably be faced with questions that come from many chapters in your text. Well if you have consistently kept up with things, you’ll know if you have a need for some extra help in a particular area, and you will have already gone to your teacher for added assistance. The bottom line is if you have done this you will nail a better grade than had you let things slide.

The things you can accomplish are up to you. It is in your best interest to use all the tools available to you when it comes to studying and improving grades. Teachers, friends and parents will all be willing to help. You can also get help on your own at the library and online.

All about Sunday School

First, check the school grounds to make sure that there are no safety hazards. Playgrounds, gymnasiums, science labs, and classrooms can be full of potential hazards. Talk with teachers to help them make their classrooms safe.

Next, consider training some older students to be a school safety patrol. They can be instructed to intercept unsafe behavior of students. They can be taught how to help smaller students with potentially dangerous situations. They can also be taught how to watch for and report dangers on the grounds of the school. These school safety patrol participants can rotate to allow many students the chance to participate.

Remember to put school safety protocols in place to help students to be as safe as possible when they are being picked up from school. Students should not be allowed to leave with someone other than their parents or legal guardians unless they have a signed note from the guardian. Students who ride buses need to be let off only at their designated bus stops.

Remember, school safety is the responsibility of everyone involved with a school. If all staff members, parents, and students work together to make a school as safe as possible, then the students can enjoy their time at school and get the most out of their educational experience.

Pathway To Higher Education

Nineteen percent of these new high school graduates will finish their four-year degree in four years. Congratulations! Thirty-nine percent more will complete that four-year degree in six years. For the rest, life just goes on. Of those who do graduate, only about 30% will find jobs in their field do to a job market saturated with previous college graduates. Are we over-educated? Are we just choosing degrees that do not equate to a job after graduation? Or, do we just not understand our options?

College graduates will have an average student loan debt of $30-50,000 depending on which completion plan they were on, with many having student loan balances in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Total student loan debt is $1.3 trillion today and rising $3.300 every second. Congratulations! Did you know that higher education was a one-half trillion dollar industry? Paying back your federal student loan starts six months after graduation and has two options: 1) monthly payments over 10-25 years or 2) death.

There were over two million college graduates this year. Congratulations! Twenty one percent had jobs when they graduated with an average salary of $40,000, or about $20 per hour. Congratulations? That is until the minimum wage moves to $15.00 per hour, then the whole return on investment college argument becomes suspect. Thirty nine percent took jobs that did not require a college degree even though they just spent four to six years of their lives and $30-50,000 getting one. Can you spell barista? For the other 40%, life just goes on.

Today, in the United States, there are more 18-34 year olds living at home than at any time since 1880. Congratulations! This makes perfect sense. A college graduate earns $40,000, Uncle Sam takes 25%, and the average monthly expenses for a 20-something living alone is about $2,600. Ouch, we are in negative territory. Let us look at all millennials. The average salary is $27,000, Uncle Sam takes 15%, and the expenses are still about $2,600. Even more negative! Pretty tough to stay out of the red being a single college graduate or millennial. Note to parents: make sure you save a room at the inn.

The PayScale Website points out that many careers we assume require a four-year college degree can actually be started with a two-year degree. The break-even earnings point for students pursuing this career pathway is about 10 years. You say sure, but after 10 years the four-year college grad will earn more, right? Nope. I forgot to mention that after two years on the job the two-year graduate went back to college using tuition reimbursement from the employer and earned a four-year degree. With the gained experience, four-year degree, and no student loan debt, the two-year career pathway choice was the best value with greater lifetime earnings.

Important School Locations

Teacher’s Lounge – This is where you can claim Sanctuary just like Quasimodo in Notre Dame. This room will usually serve only a certain amount of functions. It’s where teachers can eat, fill up their coffee cup, and keep their lunch cold in the refrigerator. The menagerie of things you will witness here will make your head spin. All of the venting takes place here, as well as arguments, and inappropriate lunchtime gossip, no room is as interesting or potentially dangerous. It is the one place you can turn to in order to be in a room full of adults and you won’t have anyone calling you by your surname for a quick respite each day.

Copy Room – You will come to love the copy room more than any other. You will also come to hate it more than any other. When the copy machine is working, your life will go smoothly as it churns out the lesson plan that you meticulously drafted including the handout for the kids. When the copy machine is mangling that same lesson plan, or when there isn’t a scrap of paper available to print that lesson plan onto, your life will pause for a moment as you clear the jam or locate a ream of white paper.

Media Center or Computer Room – You will want to know exactly where this is located so that you can inject a little bit of razzle-dazzle into your lessons. In the world of viral YouTube videos you have to vie for your kids attention and they are used to visual stimulation. Rote memorization rarely works, and they will really appreciate it if you find a meaningful piece of media that contributes well to the lesson and helps them relate.