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Monthly Archives: June 2017

High School Lab Safety

  • All experiments should be conducted under the supervision of a teacher to ensure the lab safety regulations in the high school.
  • Equipment from the lab should be taken only after the teacher’s explanation, a complete comprehension of what is required in the experiment, and receiving permission from the teacher, in order to keep your safety.
  • When heating materials or tools, you have to hold them with the appropriate holder, made from materials that have a low heat conduction factor.
  • Students should not smell any chemical materials, as inhaling these materials can cause significant damage.
  • Never mix different materials, unless given explicit instructions to do so by your high school lab supervisor. When mixing materials, you must wear safety goggles, especially when dealing with biology lab safety procedures.
  • When you are boiling a liquid material in a test tube, the liquid must be directed to the opening of the tube so that the material will not be sputtered in case of extreme boiling. In any case you must wear safety goggles to protect your face. Please note that this is the safety glasses policy and you must adhere to it.
  • Students with long hair should always collect their hair and cover their faces with safety goggles. Please note that this is the safety glasses policy and you must adhere to it.
  • The students should not taste any of the materials in the lab. This is against the high school lab safety regulations, and might result in severe damages.
  • Never touch any chemicals with your hands. Lab safety protocols dictate that you use tools such as a spatula, spoon, tweezers etc
  • Lighting the gas burner will be done only by the high school teacher or lab assistant. Once finished, alcohol burner should be turned off immediately after heating. In any case you should not leave alcoholic burning.

Useful Study Manage Time

Imagine that it’s a history class and the chapter you’ve been assigned to read has 25 pages. If it’s Monday, and the unit test is going to be on the following Wednesday, that gives you 10 days to read, study, and learn that material. If you divide the 25 pages by the 10 days, you’ll see how very little work is really required to stay on top of that material.

All that you have to do is read and understand about 2.5 pages per day. If you only have to work through 2.5 pages, and you are using good note-taking and study tools, then you can easily accomplish this much work on a daily basis for each class. Or, if you want to be able to take the whole weekend off, you can take out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from your time table, and that leaves you 7 days. In the example above, that would mean that you will have to study about 3.5 pages each day. If you follow this plan, you can keep up with the work, and you can still “play” all weekend.

This study time table lets you adapt to fit the schedule you want to have, and that’s the beauty of taking just a little time to plan your study time. Spend a few minutes each day reviewing the previous day’s notes and information, work through your budgeted number of pages, and you’ll find that the material is easy to manage and you can avoid those last-minute cramming sessions.

Using this strategy, you can easily work through assigned reading, papers that have to be written, test preparation, and any type of school project. Remember to allow time for research work, gathering of supplies, etc. if the assignment includes those needs, but a study time budget is easy to do, and highly effective for all subjects!

Beat Exam Stress

  • Be realistic If you’ve always been a C student it’s unlikely you’re going to get straight A’s. Setting yourself unrealistic goals is sure to get your anxiety levels up. Your best is all you can do, so don’t expect anything better. As long as you have given it your best shot you should be happy with your results no matter what they are.
  • Always have a fallback plan If you don’t get the grades you needed to get onto the course you wanted to study, know what you’re going to do instead. It’s not the end of the world. You never know where different paths in life will take you, so be excited about the future whatever happens! Life would be very boring if it all turned out just the way we expected. If you are hell-bent on getting onto your course there are always options. It may mean deferring for a year, getting some practical experience, retaking some subjects etc. You may end up doing something far more exciting that you hadn’t even thought of.
  • Get some exercise Take regular study breaks and get some fresh air or exercise. Oxygen is the best medicine for your brain when it comes to memory retention and concentration. You can only really absorb information for about 20 minutes at a time, so to give the things you’ve learnt time to sink in, take a 15 minute break, go for a run or a brisk walk and get some air into your lungs.
  • Go over past exams: Grab a copy of some past exam papers and try yourself out on them. This should give you an idea of the kinds and levels of questions that are going to come up. If you can’t do a particular question take it to your teacher (or private tutor) and ask them to work through it with you.

Preparing For Home Study

The mere mention of a home study can make some people suddenly quite nervous, though there is really nothing to be afraid of. The home study is needed before the custody of a child can be decided, whether it be to a family wishing to adopt or a child’s biological parent, if they have suffered abuse or been neglected by the other parent. This process is a simple one usually carried out by a qualified social worker in the community. This procedure is necessary to find out more about you and all the members of the family who reside with you; and also to ensure that the child being placed in your future care will be in a loving and safe environment.

The home study is a long process so you must be patient and prepare yourself in the best way that you can. When the social worker comes into your home, they stay there for a few hours – sometimes even longer. This is so a thorough evaluation can be done, not in any way to make you feel uncomfortable, but to satisfy the social worker that the living environment is appropriate for the child being adopted. Any areas that the social worker is concerned will be discussed with you and opportunity will be given for you to make any necessary changes. You may be issued with a copy of detailed report if the social worker has compiled one. That way any concerns raised can be addressed given the appropriate of time necessary to address the issues.

The social worker should contact you in advance usually by phone and make an appointment for the home study, so that you have time to prepare and be ready for their visit. Anything that needs to be done at the last minute like cleaning, can be done before the visit so that the house is in order or as you wish it to be. Many people may do more than cleaning than usual and that is fine. It is understandable just before the home study, but it is also important to remember that the social worker may return, unannounced, so you must be prepared that this can happen unexpectedly. This gives a true test as you should keep your home in good order for those surprise visits. In some cases, many in fact, the initial home study has not been prebooked, so you should always keep your guard.