Balancing work and going to school full time can be super stressful. Let me tell you, being a full-time server/cashier, and then taking four courses online can put a ton of weight on your shoulders. I envy some of my friends who qualify for financial aid, and don't have any bills to pay, basically excluding them from having a reason to work.
I don't quite yet know what I hope people gain from what I'm about to write.
Is this advice to kids? To their parents? Maybe just a simple recap of the experiences I had when I was younger that can help both children AND their parents? We will see.
Isn't it funny when you sit back to think after a long period of time has gone by and see all the things that have changed? Solely questioning when or why it happened? Some things have changed with direct intent and other things have changed while we hardly notice. Then one day (likely while you're cooking dinner) you think — "How and when did that happen?"
Speaking for college students, midterms, finals, and presentations (especially for those dreaded group projects) are stressful times for us college students. The ounces of coffee consumed, the number of calories inhaled when eating at strange hours, and holding yourself locked up in your room or at the library with no sleep are all recipes for disaster!
I've been thinking a lot about learning disabilities recently, specifically dyspraxia. This is because I have dyspraxia. I would say it's at its worst when I'm in an academic setting. Sure, I can manage to scrape an A if I absolutely have to — half of my results for Intermediate 2 were As. But I can definitely point out a few moments in my school career where my dyspraxia decided to be a right pain in the ass. And some people didn't necessarily realise that my learning disability was the reason why I was struggling.
Now that I'm twenty-four, and graduated from college, I look back on my grade school experience often. When people bring up the constant issues that their children are facing in school, it brings me back the school district that I grew up in. There are too few great educators, a handful of good teachers, and a disgusting amount of check collectors in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). As a child in elementary school, I can't seem to come to a conclusion as to why I never told my mother what the staff was doing to us daily. I knew that the way we were talked to, treated, and sneared at was not right. I knew it was wrong when they made us sit on the black top in the sun, in the heat, and in total silence during recess.
I remember those times when I did group presentations back in high school and every time the first speaker started the presentation, my heart would start pounding as I awaited my turn. Suddenly, I felt as though the room got colder; my body started shaking, my hands trembled and my teeth furiously grinded upon each other. I had to push myself to the absolute limits for people to hear me and even then, people at the back of the room were oblivious to the topics I was speaking about, because I simply could not grab their attention.
When I was in first or second grade (around the age of eight or nine), our teacher had an in class activity that had a bunch of steps where you completed one and then moved on. The whole class had to move on together. One of the steps was being able to draw a five pointed star without lifting your pencil from the paper.
Studying can be hard at the best of times. Usually, if you're looking for study tips, you hear the same things regurgitated over and over again; make a study guide, take breaks every forty-five minutes, eat healthily, and the sorts. Whilst that all seems well and good, it's not always great for everyone. Sure, there might be some research behind it to say how long your brain can stay focused, or some piece about how organising your time helps you to balance your life, but realistically it's not always going to work.
As a student, I try to perfect as many forms of studying and revising as possible to ensure I do my best in all my exams and controlled assessments. I've tried so many ways of studying, some of which have worked, others which haven't. Not everyone studies the same, so how I study may not be the way that you study. However, I'm going to share my study tips and skills, and you never know, you may discover a fantastic new way of studying.
New York City classrooms have under gone a massive remodeling as policing and extreme security measures await students daily. The scene in public schools for the past eighteen years has blatantly created an environment of hostility and a place that house criminals. According to Cecilia Reyes of ProPublica, “more than 100,000 middle and high school students [experience airport style security everyday].” School safety agents standby prepared to intervene with hand wands for further inspection if need be.
We all know at least one of them: the visual learner, the active learner, the mental-photographic learner, the try hard learners, and so on.