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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Study For Great Grades

Learn How Things Are Weighted

Once you understand your environment, it’s time to understand the rules of engagement. You need to know exactly how you will be graded. Focus your most energies on the top 80%. If you do this, you will improve your chances dramatically. Way too many students just haphazardly study, omitting their targets. This is utter foolishness. These tips may not seem like study tips. But, trust me, they are. They will go a long way toward ensuring your success.

Get Rid Of All Distractions

If someone asks you to study with them, grab your backpack and run for the nearest exit. Find a secluded place with absolutely no TV, radio, friends, drinks, food, video games, etc. Your library is a great example of this. And if your friends are at the library, find a private room or cube to get away.

It’s All About The Schedule

Peyton Manning does well under pressure, you do not. Figure out what you have to study and when. Divide and conquer is the name of the game here. Schedule it out ahead of time so you aren’t surprised. Make a calendar that lists all your major papers, exam, speeches, etc. Seeing your schedule will do wonders in how and when you study. It will also help you to pace yourself. Forget binge studying. It’s dumb and isn’t efficient.

Rewards Are All So Fine

Lastly, set up a goal and reward system for yourself. Try to hit those goals, have fun, and enjoy the spoils. This helps your motivation and just makes it fun. If you love going out to eat, go eat a steak if you get all A’s. Above all, enjoy your experience and be successful as you do it.

Making High School Work

Most high schools allow students to choose courses in the late winter or early spring for the following school year. This is an ideal time to talk about which courses will lead to the final goal, and which courses will help to position you for admission to the right college. Some high schools also allow students to select courses for the second semester a month or two before the semester begins. So, there may be two opportunities to review your plan of study and to make sure that you choose the right ones. Rigor is the key word.

Even students in the eighth grade have the opportunity to choose courses for high school. High school guidance counselors meet with eighth graders at various points in the year to assist them in the transition to high school. Although the middle school counselor usually plans the high school course of study, the high school counselor contributes to that process.

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors estimates that there
will be two million students entering college in the fall. Of course, more will apply. Now granted, not all of those applicants have the same goals that you have. After all, you want more from your education than a degree and a college transcript worthy of admission to a good graduate school. You want a space where you can learn more about you, where you will discover a way to bring your special message, your gifts, and your talents to the world.

You need a place that will also allow you to grow and expand while you lead and serve. Yes, you are a different case, but you will still be competing for a prized spot in the freshman class with all of the other college applicants in this country. In addition, you will compete with thousands of foreign nationals who apply to college in the United States every year. Foreign students generally understand and practice rigor from an early age and already speak multiple languages. Many colleges actively recruit foreign nationals because they have less need for financial aid or scholarships. In other words, it is a very profitable thing for the colleges to do. So get ready for the competition.

This is what college admissions officers expect to see as a minimum course of high school study:

English: four years

Mathematics: three years

Science: three years, including a year of a laboratory science, one year of a life science, and one physical science.

Social Studies: three years, including world history, some study of United States
Government, and some United States History.

Foreign Language: one or two years, preferably two years. The more, the better.

The Arts: advisable and frequently required.

Physical Education: credits set by the state.

School Science Lab Equipment

On the other hand having a lot of that kind of equipment can get expensive pretty fast, to say nothing of the fact that if we are not careful about deciding which equipment goes in the classroom, students might be dealing with more than they can handle, which can create a dangerous situation.

When we think of what sort of equipment there should be in an ideal science classroom, there is a lot to consider, because there are many different sciences. One of the first to consider is biology. In a biology classroom, it may be helpful to students to have sample of living things. This is a great opportunity to grow plants in the classroom, because students will enjoy watching them grow, and they are inexpensive. Also, unless the plants are poisonous, danger to the students is no concern.

Beyond that there is the question bringing creatures into the class. These can be trickier, but it is important not have anything that requires too much space or attention. Any animal that can live in an aquarium or terrarium, and can be safely left over a long weekend with some food and water, is probably fine.

Then there is the question of equipment in chemistry or physics classrooms. In these there is the potential for fire, or fumes, or a number of other dangerous situations that could arise if the students, or the teachers, are not careful. The best policy is one that maintains an optimal balance of safety, cost, and of course educational value. Although it is certainly tempting to wish for everything under the sun in your science lab, teachers must bear in mind which specific pieces of equipment will actually get used the most often and to greatest effect.

A well-equipped science classroom is a great resource, and as long as teachers and school administrators take the time to make informed decisions about the sort of equipment to buy, they should make every effort to get the best and most practical lab equipment possible.

All about Bar Exam Study

First, create a plan to do a set number of MBE questions each day. The exact number depends on how much time you have before the Bar Exam, but a good number to shoot for is 50. After you have completed the MBE practice questions, make sure to go over the answers to them, even the ones that you got right. Going over these MBE questions can take longer than actually answering them, but it is the step that will help you the most.

Another study tip when trying to cram all the information for the Multistate Bar Exam into your head is to re-write the outlines that you are working from. No matter where you got the outlines, whether they are from BarBri or a former student, the way to get the information from the page into your head is to write out the outlines in your own words. Do not just stop there. Take each outline you have written and simplify it into a smaller outline. Keep up this process until your outline for each subject is only one page long. This method will help you learn all the MBE subjects so that answering the Bar Exam questions will be a breeze.

Practice make perfect. Recent studies have shown that students that studied a little, then spent time taking practice exams were much more likely to retain information than students who studied alone. While you are preparing for the Multistate Bar Exam don’t forget to practice. There are a wealth of options for practicing MBE questions. Using an online tool for the Multistate Bar Exam can be quite efficient and reduce the time you have to spend flipping through books of questions.

There is no way to get around the fact that taking the Bar Exam is hard. It requires a lot of time and dedication in studying for every subject tested. The MBE questions may be the most intimidating aspect of the exam for some students, as few law schools test using multiple-choice questions. By practicing questions every day and re-writing outlines, you can succeed in taking the Multistate Bar Exam.