Student Living Advice & Info
Thu, 23 Sep 2010 17:30:31 +0000
Back to School – What’s Your Preparation For the First Day After This Summer?
Sat, 26 Jun 2010 17:31:01 +0000
The summer is going to the end, which means the approach of the new term. It’s your time to go back to school now. What’s your feelings about this back-to-school season? Are you pleased or frustrated? Do you have a mood of disappointment or excitement?
You’re probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. You might feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. In fact, everything would be interesting if you have made a good preparation in this back-to-school time.
Welcome to the New Semester
There’s no doubt that the summer holiday is a period of happiness. You can do lots of interesting things to have a good time during this holiday. In this way, you might be unwilling to go back to school so early. However, if the summer holiday didn’t have a deadline, you would be bored with time flying. It’s the coming of new semester that tells you that how happy a summer holiday you have passed! So, “welcome to the new term”!
Prepare for the First Day
The first day in the new term, you are going to make acquaintance with some new friends. Also, you will meet your teachers and old classmates on that day. Please dress up yourself well at first, because nobody likes to talk with a scuzz. You would be too untidy to be respected by others if you fail to dress up yourself. That’s to say, it’s necessary to shop for a suit of apparels.
ACT Test Preparation: Retaining More of What You Study
Tue, 08 Jun 2010 17:31:04 +0000
The traditional, stereotypical ideal of the straight-A student spending countless hours studying at the same desk in the library week after week is not only inaccurate, but actually counterproductive. Too many students think that this is the way to good grades, and to ace the ACT, but nothing could be farther from the truth.
To be sure, studying more is generally better than studying less, but studying that is tedious and boring is not nearly as effective as it could be. It can actually be a waste of time.
How We Remember What We Study
By studying the way the brain works in memory, scientists have been able to determine what best helps us remember things.
All the studying in the world is pointless if
you don’t retain what you’re studying, so it is critical to analyze the nitty gritty of memory to find what techniques work best.
What the brain does in learning does is to associate what we are studying with things we already know. Our brain says “oh, I understand this new thing, it’s kind of similar to this other thing I already know…” Thus, the more we know, the easier it is to learn because we have more things to associate new learnings with.
New Revelation for a Great Study Technique
A recent study found that it is not just what we already know that helps us remember things, but also the environment and surroundings WHERE we are learning. Specifically, if we study something several times in several different places – let’s say a coffee shop, our living room, and at a friend’s house – we have much greater retention because the brain has three different locations to tie it all into.
It’s not just the repetition that helps, but also that we were in three different environments. Even though you won’t remember in a month where you learned something, the brain actually used the fact that you studied it in a few different locations to make it easier to retain in its long term memory.
What This Means for ACT Studying
Change your study location. If you have a study partner or study group, see about meeting in different places to review what you went over the last time
you studied together.
Before you meet with your study group at a coffee shop, for instance, skim the material at home or on the way to or from school. If you can aim for 3 different locations, reviewing the material 3 different times, you will save time over a long cram session and end up doing better.
Divide up your study time.
you have 3 hours to study in a week, then study 20 minutes a day for 6 days. The repetition will help you retain what you are studying.
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4 Tips For Back-To-School Preparation
Sat, 03 Apr 2010 17:30:59 +0000
School bells will soon be ringing, and students have to head off to school whether they are willing or not. During the week just before school time, what preparation you should do or help your school boys and girls to do? Here, I make you 4 tips of back-to-school preparation to do some help.
Tip 1. Get enough sleep and wake up early.
After students enjoy a vacation of late nights and lazy mornings, it must be of some difficulty to wake up early in the first morning of school. So it’s better to start the school-time sleep routine a week in advance. And for your little boy and girl, you can get them an alarm clock to help them take responsibility for waking up early in the morning. Bedtime is as important as a regular morning routine. Getting used to the school-time sleep routine in advance will save you much transition trouble when school time really comes.
Tip 2. Eat at the right time.
During the lazy and cozy summer vacation, breakfast is usually replaced by brunch. But, when school time comes, the whole morning of work without breakfast will be tough for students. Research has shown us that breakfast is the most important meal during the day. The other two meals need to be served at the right time to make sure your body adjusts to the school-time routine.
Tip 3. Read after dinner.
When at school, students normally have homework to do after dinner. In the last week of summer vacation, doing some reading will be a good choice for them to get ready for transition. Parents could help children develop a love of reading by setting a good example. When they see parents reading, they are more likely to pick up a book as children are natural imitators of their parents. And a good habit of reading will pay them off during the school year.
Tip 4. Back-to-school shopping.
New gear for the new school year is a necessary. Go school shopping will create a positive attitude and give students a new start. Besides, as the ultimate and biggest back-to-school promotions, you can save a lot. You can save a lot in back-to-school campaigns. But before school shopping, discuss with your children first and then make a shopping list and budget. Jeans, tops, bags, shoes, and stationary are sure in the list. Fashion trends should be in consideration as well. According to those fall fashion readings, scarves will be all the rage, especially silk scarves. To wear a fashionable scarf could add colors and style to the ensemble.
Good planning and preparation will do a great help to the new start of school year. Hope my tips could do some help to you and your family get ready.
Private School Test Preparation
Wed, 03 Feb 2010 17:31:03 +0000
Most private schools require an admissions test as part of the admissions process. The two most common tests are the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), and there are several other tests used by parochial schools.
Dates, fees and times offered vary by test and schools have different admission deadlines. Make sure to look at information from both the testing agency and the school at least a year in advance of the desired admission date to make sure their deadlines are met.
Why Take a Test?
The reason for testing is to give the schools a tool to measure different students from different backgrounds on the same categories of learning on an equal footing. The same rationale carries through from private school testing to admissions tests used when entering colleges and universities and then graduate schools. Additionally, private schools use the test to help place students in academic programs where they will succeed. Each school evaluates test scores according to its own standards and requirements.
Independent School Entry Exam
The Independent School Entry Exam (ISEE), offered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB) has three versions: the Lower Level is for applicants to grades 5 and 6, the Middle Level for grades 7 and 8, and the Upper Level for grades 9 to 12. The ERB offers free “What to Expect on the ISEE” preparation material for each level and a comprehensive student guide with testing dates at their web site.
At each of its three levels, the ISEE consists of three parts: carefully constructed and standardized verbal and quantitative reasoning tests that measure capability for learning; reading comprehension and mathematics achievement tests that provide specific information about a student’s strengths and weaknesses in those areas; and, an essay section.
ISEE test results include a Test Profile, which contains information on how the student’s performance compares to other candidates in the same grade who have taken the test in the past three years. The Analysis section gives detailed information on the individual student’s strengths and weaknesses, based on the specific types of questions he or she responded to on the ISEE test.
Secondary School Admission Test
The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is administered on two levels: the Lower, for students in grades 5 through 7, and the Upper, for students in grades 8 through 11. The multiple-choice aptitude test consists of verbal questions to test vocabulary, verbal reasoning and ability to relate to ideas logically; quantitative (math) questions to test ability to solve problems involving arithmetic, elementary algebra and geometry, and concepts; and, reading comprehension sections.
In addition, the test includes a writing sample portion, which asks students to respond to a topic statement. The essay is not graded, but a copy accompanies each SSAT score report sent to a school. A study guide with practice tests is available for $29 from the web site.
SSAT results include scaled scores – verbal, quantitative, reading and total – as well as percentile ranks for each category, compared with other students taking the SSAT over the past three years. For students in grades 5-9, national percentile rankings are provided to compare the student’s performance to the national student population, including those not taking the SSAT. For students in grades 7-10, the results also predict twelfth grade SAT scores.
Other Private School Tests
Other tests – primarily used by parochial high schools – are the Cooperative Admission Exam Program (COOP), which provides a sample test and student handbook at their web site, and the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACH), which provides a student handbook at their web site. The High School Placement Test (HSPT) from Scholastic Testing Service also is used by parochial schools and other schools for testing eighth graders for placement into high school.
Other Test Preparation
In addition to the free ISEE prep materials, numerous private companies offer test preparation classes, and a variety of test preparation books are available at bookstores to help students get ready for these private school admission tests. It is recommended that students take a few practice tests to become familiar with their format before taking the actual test.