quizzes and tests

If You're a Student, Please Utilize:

quizlet.com if you need a study tool. It’s very efficient in it’s use of flash cards and quizzes/tests and is helpful if you want to remember key things about certain topics.

mendeley.com for research papers. It’s extremely helpful if you want more organized papers and an easier way to write down your ideas and even share ideas with other students if you choose to.

sleepyti.me if you need to calculate when you should fall asleep/when you should wake up.

hemingwayapp.com to break down your essays and give you tips on proper word usage, sentence structure, etc.

duolingo.com to help you learn the basics of a foreign language.

slader.com to view the solutions to your textbook questions for free.

*Some of these sites are apps

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she’s a handsome woman // panic! at the disco

1. Relax

Relaxing is one of the most important parts. It helps you take your mind off things, and will help you become more motivated to do your work. Read a book, take a bath, watch a movie, anything!

2. Go over the notes from the week before, and if possible, rewrite/type them for easier reading.

It doesn’t matter whether if you don’t have homework in that certain class. Going over the notes will help you in the long run, and will also prepare you for any upcoming pop quizzes or tests that the next school day.

When I have time on the weekends, I do rewrite my notes to make them neater. It helps me retain the information and mark any important information I forget to add during class.

3. Update your calendar for any upcoming events/update bullet journal or planner

Just a way to make your life more organized the next week.

4. Do your homework

For my classes, homework doesn’t count as an academic grade, but it plays an important part for citizenship.

DO NOT SKIP YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. I REPEAT, DO NOT SKIP YOUR ASSIGNMENTS. You have homework to go over what you just learned, and also provides you with harder problems that may come up on a test. Doing your homework also means you can study off from it when there’s an exam coming up.

I hear day in and day out of public shooled high schoolers whining about pop quizzes and such but

with online school

there are tests

every day.

You do the lesson, you take the quiz. Every single lesson, every single day. No exception. Ever. That’s PLUS the homework and projects and research and face-to-face meet-ups. Not to mention we have mid-unit tests which are like forty questions. Then unit tests which are 50. Then unit tests PART TWO which are papers we have to print out, do, scan and send it.

You wanna whine about quizzes?

Do online school.

Cat’s Cradle is a book that sits in rare company with your Great Gatsbys and Catchers in the Rye as one of the few pieces of required reading from high school that everyone actually liked. Pretty good for a book that asks questions about religion and man’s maybe-natural destiny to destroy itself.

In this episode of Kurt Vonneguys, Alex and Michael re-examine a book everyone read in their teenage years and decontextualize it through an adult lens. And if you happen to be a teenager and have not read Cat’s Cradle, they provide you with an excellent study guide for your upcoming quizzes and tests.

Vonnegut’s Novel About Religion, Apocalypse And Foot Rubbing

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Recently I’ve been kind of at war with myself on how I should go about studying for Bio…on one side I like taking notes like this, because it helps me understand what I’m reading, but at the same time it’s so time consuming that I feel like I should just go spend my time more wisely, you know? “Work smarter, not harder” is something that I still haven’t fully understood 😂

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finals are almost upon us and I thought I could share a few tricks and tips

Well, you will have to try a little bit. Here are some tips I wish someone told me before I started high school.

1. Read the text

Maybe this sounds like a given, but you still wouldn’t believe the amount of people I know who avoid reading the assigned material like it is the plague. Whether you’re avoiding it because you think the text is too hard, too easy, or you just don’t think you have the time, familiarizing yourself with the text is critical, especially in honors and AP English classes. While reading may seem time consuming, it definitely pays off. Because you read the assigned reading you are prepared to discuss it in class, take pop quizzes those English teachers love, or ask questions on things you read that you don’t understand. Not to mention being familiar with the text makes it easier when you have to write essays and take quizzes/tests.

2. Use sources such as Sparknotes, Shmoop, etc. as resources, not replacements

I know those summaries and analyses sound so tempting when you want to avoid reading. These sources are AWESOME…as resources, not as a replacement for your reading. Like I said in the previous point, reading and familiarizing yourself is essential if you want to fully understand the text in order to write the best essay you can or do your best on a test/quiz, but don’t shy away from these online resources. While the only place you can find all the answers is in the actual text, these websites for the most part, highlight important plot points. Me personally, I like to read either the sparknotes or shmoop summary (if there is one) before I read an assignment so I understand what I’m looking for to happen in the text. Then after I read, I read the analysis. They are also helpful to read before taking a test or writing an essay as a quick refresher. These online sources are great for helping you grasp the meaning of the text, but use them in addition to your assignments.

3. Annotate…but not too much

Annotating is great way to take good notes and remember important parts of the text, but when not done properly can waste your time and highlighter ink. If you underline or highlight everything, then nothing stands out as important. A good rule is if you highlight something, force yourself to write down what about it is important. If you can’t do that, odds are it’s not that important. There is no specific right way to annotate, some people look for importance in every line, while others try to focus on the big picture. As a reader, you will develop your own method of annotating. Personally, I find it helpful to annotate inside and outside of class. I like to underline parts I don’t understand and then ask about them in class so I can add some notes in after. 

4. Don’t be afraid to jump into a class discussion

Class discussions give you an opportunity to gain new perspectives and understand the text better as a whole. Hearing how others interpret the text contributes to your understanding of the text and could come in handy later when you have to write an essay. In addition to listening to others, don’t be afraid to talk about things you realized or found interesting/important. In the same vein, don’t hesitate when asking questions. If you didn’t understand something, odds there are others who didn’t either. Asking questions not only helps you grasp the meaning of the text, but it also shows your teacher that you are a engaged student who is trying to do their best. 

5. Know your teacher

I can’t stress this enough, knowing your teacher and how he or she grades or what he or she is looking for is crucial to your grade and your success in that class. If you don’t do as well as you hoped on the first couple essays, ask your teacher if you can go over it with them. Almost all English assignments are subjective, so no matter how great you think your essay is, your grade is based on how great your teacher thinks it is. Building a relationship with your English teacher not only comes in handy when you have them for class, but it’s also helpful for the future when you need feedback on college essays, job applications, or other essays.

6. Don’t wait until the last minute

We all have that friend who always writes their essay at 12:30am the night before and is totally happy with the average grade they receive. If you can’t think of someone who does that odds are you have some punctual friends, or that person is you. When you write your essays even a couple days or a week or so before the deadline, you can continue to get it proofread and make revisions. If your teacher wanted to see how well you can write an essay in one night, they wouldn’t have given you the ample time of a couple days/weeks to write it. Accept that the writing process is something that shouldn’t be compressed into one night, getting your work done ahead of time will give you a better grade and a better night of sleep.

7. Find people to read your paper

Find your mom, your dad, your brother, your sister, your cousin, your friend, your coach your classmate, your anyone to read your paper. Having someone who isn’t you reading your paper gives you a new perspective on your paper. Most people find it difficult to criticize or praise their own work, so find other people to tell you how it really is. If your teacher is willing to proofread it, give it to them, having them read it is like them pre-grading it. Part of becoming a good writer is accepting the fact that you aren’t a perfect writer and recognizing that other people can contribute their opinion to help shape your work for the better.  

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A lot of people liked my printable I showed yesterday so I tweaked it a bit, made it different sizes and it is now available for you to use. For free of course :)

This printable is so you can put your color code and abbreviations you use for that particular class’s notes. And it also has a place to note when you have important tests, quizzes, exams, what its on, and what grade you get.
So I made it in 5 different sizes! Half, Happy Planner, Letter, A4 and A5. This has the same simple theme as my other printables so slowly it’s all coming together to create a custom organizer. :)

As always the Happy Planner is to be printed on letter paper (it has crop marks), and the half and A5 on letter and A4 paper (respectively). Let me know if you have any requests :)

Download Here: Happy Planner // Letter // Half // A4 // A5

Back to School Ideas

- Sigil your planner for organization

- Tie different colored ribbon to your book bag zipper to give your day some kick

- charm your pencils and pens for your tests/quizzes

- Braid a spell into your hair

- Carry a crystal in your pocket

- Sigil your thermos for energy… or to better keep your drink hot/cold.

- Be good to others, and others will be good to you.