Becoming School Ready: Organizing As A Student


As school enters it’s first months, students everywhere will be settling down into a desk and peering over the white board to commence their daily ritual of learning. Some students will be prepared for the incoming tide of work and studying while others will be at a lost and feel as if they are drowning without the knowledge of what to do. Although some may be more natural learners than others, it’s important to know all the options you have at their disposal to become successful. The following are three options that can be used to improve the overall performance of any student.

Option 1: Homework Apps

There are many apps on our phones that can do multiple things, track food intake, check email, play favorite music straight from the internet and school work is no exception. One of the most spectacular apps for school is called “My Homework App” Available for iPhones, Androids and Windows. At the most basic level, the application can track assignments, classes, and even receive awards for doing schoolwork, allowing you to track your daily assignments with a push of a button.
Another app to have in your arsenal of phone appliances is StudyBlue, an app that gives away it’s function. StudyBlue is a program that allows students to upload class study materials, create electronic flashcards based on those materials alone or with a group and take quizzes based on work put in on the app; a virtual test taker that allows students to retain the material much easier.

Option 2: Educational Websites

Information is spread all throughout the internet – educational advice is no different. When struggling with a subject, such as Algebra or Spanish, instead of shuffling the paper off to the side when work becomes too difficult, acquire a reference. One of the most popular educational reference sites on the web is Khan Academy, a nonprofit educational resource that has over six thousand micro video lessons on subjects such as math, science, finance, medicine, music, history and even computer programming. The resource is free and all you need to use to sign up to Khan Academy is either a Facebook account or a Google plus account. Though not all subjects are covered on Khan Academy, over introduction on every school subject and is another popular resource to further your writing skills.

Option 3: Cornell Notes

Back in the 1950s, a man named Walter Pauk, an education professor at Cornell University created a style of note taking that made studying easier and emphasized it in his book How to Study In College. The method goes as follows, the paper is divided into two columns, the right column which is used for writing down abbreviated questions, the main ideas of the lesson, and long ideas that are paraphrased while on the left column, which is usually, shorter and near the margain of the paper, is used for outlining import topics and word phrases.
The Cornell Notes method was compared to the Guided Note Method, the standard method of note taking, by Wichita State University and was found was better for applying information while Guided was only good for short term recall. The Cornell Notes represents the standard of college note taking and can be used in whatever subject teens are taking.

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