Studying for school is always a topic going through a students head. When should I start, how should I do it or how do I even study?
The Youtube video, “The 9 BEST Scientific Study Tips,” had a lot of information about how you can study and be efficient. The first tip is to start your studying in short chunks. Your brain retains more information then when you span it out in increments, rather than having one three-hour-long study session. Whenever you play a sport or an instrument, you span out your practices over days, rather than the night before the competition. Studying should be done in a routine. These times should be designated for studying, and only studying.
There are many different types of methods to study your material. Scientists have shown that rereading your notes and highlighting key points can be ineffective. It has been proven that instead of doing this method, using notecards/flashcards are excellent memory reinforcements.
After you figure out your way of studying, set goals for what you are studying for. Go through the material you need and study like your going to teach it to a class. Practice always makes perfect whenever you are studying. Question yourself and make practice tests until you feel like you have the material down.
Whenever you are studying, make a dedicated studying space. This way your body gets trained to know when you are in this area you need to focus and study. Finally, put away all of the electronics, headphones, music, or anything that makes any noise to distract you. It is proven that if you have a clearer space, you retain more information.
Even though these are proven facts, not all of them may apply to you individually. Several students commented on this topic and have provided some advice for everyone to use.
Jachin Wiese stated that, “You should make sure you ask your teachers any questions you have. Completing your assignments will also help you retain more of the information that you might need. Even with anything that goes on always try your best no matter what.”
Students like Piper Hill, Madeline Luna and Juliete Shull all referenced that it is best to study days before the test rather than the night before. Maybe your not a study ahead type of person. Jacey Centola, Jonathan Sack and Sam Weiffenbach all said that do best by just redo problems or rewriting your notes.
The most difficult thing about studying is figuring out the methods. There are so many types of methods that you can use including: notecards, Quizlet, Anki, rewriting notes, rereading chapters, or simply going over the study guide. Find what works for you and makes you most successful, because everyone is different.
“Go in having the mindset that you studied and just try your best.” -Jachin Wiese
Vanessa is a sophomore at Sangamon Valley.
Have you ever known a person who was having troubles at school but was too nervous or intimidated to go to the principal for help? The Bolt spoke with Mr. Field to discuss tips on how to approach your principal, and learned a bit about his life, in the process.
The first thing people usually think when they want to talk to the principal is what time would be best to visit his office to chat with him. Mr. Field answered this question with, "It kind of depends on the day. Advisory time I'll try to keep myself open for anyone who wants to come in and talk." You may even find him playing his guitar when he's not busy.
Now that you know what time is best, how can you calm your nerves when going to your principal? "I'd say if kids are intimidated to just give me a shot to come and talk to me. I do want to be approachable and have an open door policy. For people to feel comfortable coming to talk. That's why I'm here," said Mr. Field.
After that he flipped the questions on us and asked how he could help kids be less intimidated. We gave him the tip of just talking to kids in the hallway when he can and just keep doing what he's doing. We encourage kids to go to their principal if they want to talk about something. They will realize how cool and interesting their principal really is and that they shouldn't be so nervous.
While talking to Mr. Field we learned a few fun facts, for example, he had no interest in being a principal until he tried out teaching. We also learned that he loves music, especially rock, and plays the guitar. You can really go talk to him about anything. Remember, he's not just your principal, he's your princi-pal.
Ashlyn is a junior at Sangamon Valley. She is also the Sports Editor.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday January 20th. MLK Day, as most people call it, is a day to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., who was born on January 15, 1929. We celebrate Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday because of the major contributions that he made to the entire United States during the American Civil Rights Movement. He gave multiple speeches, with one major one being his “I Have a Dream Speech.”
The Bolt staff had the honor to talk to two teachers about Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and find out exactly what it meant to them. First, we talked to English teacher Miss Jones and asked her two questions, the first being what Martin Luther King Jr. Day meant to her. Miss Jones replied, “It means recognizing a great Civil Rights leader who made a big impact on our country.” Then we asked her how we can best remember this day, she said, “I think we can best remember him by celebrating his achievements and what he stood for. I had the opportunity this summer to go to Washington D.C. and see the MLK memorial. The memorial is set up like a mountain. The mountain represents despair, which is segregation. MLK’s figure it about 20 feet ahead of the mountain, and he represents a stone of hope. So, essentially, out of a mountain of despair comes a moment of home. It is also lined with quotes from MLK Jr. It was extremely moving, and I’d recommend that everyone visits if they have the opportunity.”
Next, we talked to History teacher Mr. Spath and asked him the same questions. When asked the first question, he said, “It is the day where we can celebrate the equality of all people and a man who died.” To wrap things up we asked him how we could best remember MLK day and he answered, “Educating yourself about why we have the day off.”
As U.S. citizens, we owe many thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr. Due to his achievements, African American citizens have many more freedoms. Now, go and remember Martin Luther King Jr. yourself and think about all the ways you could thank him.
Katelyn is a junior at Sangamon Valley. She is also the Student Life Editor.