Saturday May 18, 2013
Bullying comes in many forms and it can have many long-lasting effects on students. Victims of bullies will suffer consequences in different ways, from lashing out and seeking revenge to internalizing and withdrawing. And, sadly, we all know that bullying can have more permanent, tragic outcomes, and that means we should all help spread awareness and educate ourselves.
It's not all that easy to educate ourselves, however, because laws and policies on bullying are different in every state. This chart will help you understand the policies and programs created by your own state representatives.
I think it is also important to note that some types of bullying can be less obvious, so we don't report or react because we are simply embarrassed. Students can suffer quietly, in the form of social pressure or intimidation, and these are not obvious to others. This kind of pressure can cause us to lose focus or stop caring about our grades. Sometimes a bully can cause us to fall behind in our studies for an entire school year, and this setback can also have long-lasting consequences. It can have a impact on our academic success.
Please realize that you could be the victim of bullying without realizing it. If your grades and your performance have ever suffered because of the actions of another, you are not alone. Statistics show that around 30% of students aged 12 through 18 have been bullied. Education and awareness will empower you!
Monday May 13, 2013
Are you wearing a wrist watch? Do you even own a wrist watch?
It's the end of the regular school year, and many students will be taking several timed tests over the next few weeks. One essential tool you'll need to keep on hand every test day is a watch - but this is something students don't necessarily own, since so many of us keep time with our cell phones.
It is important to have a way to keep your eye on the passing time when you take a test, since you'll need to spend every minute wisely. You will need to make sure you finish the most important questions first (those that are worth the most points), and you'll want to give yourself little mini-deadlines for individual segments of the exams.
If you don't own a watch, it might be a good time to borrow one from a parent. Many classrooms don't have clocks, so you could end up mismanaging your time during an important test.
Thursday May 9, 2013
Sometimes students can find it hard to get started on an essay assignment because they don't know where to start. If this is happening to you right now, you probably have some good ideas about your topic, but those ideas seem jumbled and incomplete.
Whenever this happens, it is important to avoid allowing the problem to delay your start for too long. When you put off writing because you don't know how to start, you can end up scrambling to write a panic paper at the last minute.
Instead of procrastinating, start writing down your disorganized thoughts. Start by writing random ideas in a list. Type this list in bold print. Then, go back (in regular font) and elaborate under each bold idea. Write at least one paragraph under each bold heading, and then take a break from writing.
When you go back to read over your work, you will see that you have a pretty good framework to build upon. By reordering your paragraphs, writing a few introductory sentences, and adding some transition statements, you might end up with a good first draft.
Monday May 6, 2013
Just imagine that you are just settling in to study for a science test, only to realize that you have a 10-page paper due in the morning! What a nightmare! But this is the sort of thing that happens at the end of each term. Many students just don't realize the many obligations that will compete for their time during the last weeks of the school year.
Successful students know to plan ahead during finals week, even if planning ahead is something they don't normally do. This is the one time when good time management is absolutely critical!
Take a few moments to think about your deadlines and test dates, and make yourself a detailed study plan. Give yourself plenty of time for each individual task and obligation. After all, the school year is almost over. There will be plenty of time for play in the weeks to come!