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.
It seems like just yesterday school was starting, and now we are on to 2nd quarter. Many fun events happened in 1st quarter, and it flew by in the blink of an eye. From hanging out at football games, to cheering loudly at volleyball matches, to planning homecoming proposals, and dancing the night away, 1st quarter was eventful.
From homecoming with crazy outfits, (such as cut off jeans and inflatable t-rex costumes), to the homecoming games with hilarious posters and competitive attitudes. All of these events have made 1st quarter very memorable and a great start to the year.
I spoke to Mr. Field to hear his thoughts on quarter one, this is what he said. “My favorite moment of the first quarter may be lunch and our new cafeteria program with Aramark! I think it has been a really positive change for our district. Homecoming games were a blast, and the Spaniards were awesome to have in the building for another great exchange! The Principal’s Advisory Council and School Leadership team have also had some insider meetings that were great to be a part of. There is just a lot of good stuff going on!” I also asked him if he could describe quarter one in three words what would they be, he responded with, “unseasonably warm days.”
The staff at The Bolt could not agree more!
Ashlyn is a sophomore at SVHS. She is also The Bolt's Sports Editor.
The Scholastic Bowl season has just begun, and they are already on fire! Both J.V. and Varsity teams are undefeated with a record of 6-0. The teams they have defeated so far are: St. Teresa, Springfield Southeast, Taylorville, Decatur MacArthur, Argenta-Oreana, and Eisenhower.
As I interviewed Coach Scan, he told me that his favorite thing about coaching the team is: “Simply just watching them be competitive, having fun, and being such great sports!” Coach Scan’s answer to my question of who the team’s rivalries are was: “Maroa-Forsyth, St. Teresa, and Mt. Zion. Warrensburg-Latham has also always been a big rival with us.”
The Scholastic Bowl team has a total of 18 kids between Varsity and J.V. Four of the team members are seniors, with one of them being Varsity Captain, Jachin Wiese. I caught up with him to get his thoughts on the season. “We have a lot of matches remaining in our fall tournament and in our conference during the winter months. Win or lose, I hope they all continue having fun and being great representatives of Sangamon Valley!” Everyone is very excited to see what this group of exemplary students has in store for the rest of the year!
Lexi is a senior at SVHS.
The students and staff at Sangamon Valley High School always go all out for Homecoming Week, and they always have a lot of fun. What better way of starting out Homecoming Week than with ‘Merica Monday? There was a lot of red, white, and blue. Everyone added a little touch of Patriotic flair into their apparel, and went all out for ‘Merica Monday.
The next dress up day was Country vs. Country Club. There were a lot of people with cowboy hats and boots, but there were also a lot who pulled off country club look. All showed their true colors.
The third day was Wacky Tacky Wednesday. There was a lot of wackiness going on this day with people wearing mixed matched patterns, shades, and colors. There were also a lot of people who dressed up as the other gender, which was wildly entertaining for all. From guys in dresses, to people that threw on random clothes, all were definitely a sight to see.
The fourth day was Character Day. A good majority of the school dressed up with their friends in groups. Everyone looked like they were having so much fun as they embodied someone completely different from themselves.
Then finally, the fifth day was Class Colors. The freshman sported their white, the sophomores decked out in grey, the juniors showed off their spirit in Columbia blue, and the seniors filled the gym with navy.
After cheering on the team at the volleyball game on Tuesday, everyone headed outside for the pep rally and bonfire. All of the fall athletes were announced, then all the cheerleaders and senior boys went onto the field and performed their dance. The dance is always hilarious, and leaves the students laughing long after the performance is over. After the dance is over, everyone went over to the fire and the fire department set it ablaze for everyone to hang around to talk, take pictures, and keep HOT on the warm fall night.
Homecoming games were on Friday. The games that we played consisted of Chinese get-up, tug-of-war, volleyball serving relay, and dribbling around the chairs. The games were a blast and the Seniors, who won most of them, took home the 1st place trophy. We interviewed a few people about Homecoming games. We asked Senior Riley Becker what she thought about her last Homecoming games and she said, “It was nice, it was a lot of fun but kind of sad knowing it was the last time that my whole class was getting together.”
Then we asked Freshman Andrew Blair the same question about his first Homecoming games and he replied with, “It was pretty fun and exciting.” When we asked them both about their favorite part of the games, Andrew replied, “My favorite part was when the whole school made a circle swinging and singing to Sweet Caroline.” Riley told us her favorite part was tug-of-war.
Homecoming games were a blast with a lot of close ties between all the classes, but of course, like always, “The Perfect Storm” Seniors won almost every game with the support of their class sponsors Mr. Scan and Mrs. C.
We also had a chance to chat with Paige Coss, Homecoming Queen. When asked how it felt to be crowned queen, Paige replied with, “I felt very excited to be queen and to take part in all of the fun that comes with it. I was also surprised and thankful that out of the 4 great candidates, I was chosen to be queen.” And to that, thank you Paige! You made a wonderful Queen for our Homecoming.
After Homecoming games end, everyone gets on top of their floats and firetrucks, to start the parade around Niantic. The band led the parade after a police car playing their cadence and “Thriller”. Then behind them, where fire trucks and floats with the fall athletes and anyone else who wanted to enter into the parade. Soon after the parade was a chilli dinner, and then the football game vs Arcola.
The football game started at 7:00 p.m. that night after the band played to open the night. The game had a lot of good plays, however, Arcola won 48 to 6. We did, however, put up a good fight. When Braden Campbell, Senior, was asked how he believed we did, he said, “We, as a team, did good. They were just better than we were.” Nice try, boys!
Finally, the week ended with the dance. Everyone looked their absolute best for their dates. When we asked Freshman Elizabeth Resmen about her first homecoming she replied with, “It was great! It was really interactive and fun.” Then when we asked Hope Musgrave, Junior, how her homecoming went she said, “Good!” We also asked Senior Cara Smith, and Sophomore Vanessa Templeton what was their favorite part of their homecoming night. Cara said, “All the songs that had the dances to them like the ‘Cupid Shuffle’”. Then Vanessa told us, “Being able to be with my friends”. Everyone looked to be having a blast.
We need to give a special thank you to all the staff and faculty that put their time and effort into Homecoming week. A HUGE thanks to Mr. Scan for his exemplary planning. It was an excellent week full of fun memories.
Katelyn is a junior at SVHS. She is also the Student Life Editor.
Sangamon Valley Publications Club is excited to welcome Mr. Elliott and Miss Jones to our school. Both new staff members will be taking on big roles this year. We were lucky enough to get to chat with both of the new employees to learn more about them.
Mr. Elliott will be taking over the roles of the Dean of Students and Activities Director for our district. One of his job duties entails planning school events, like concerts and sporting events. He also considers himself to be a hall monitor, and he runs eligibility reports. Prior to coming to SVHS, he's worked in Rantoul, Champaign, and Monticello. He also has experience coaching, as he has coached various sports. In our interview, Mr. Elliott said that he has attended Mason Community College Arizona, Parkland, University of Illinois, and Eastern Illinois University. We would also like to congratulate Mr. Elliott, as he and his wife are expecting a baby girl!
Another new face at our school is English teacher and Publications Advisor, Miss Jones. Miss Jones is a recent graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and this is her first teaching position after graduating. In 2014, she graduated from Argenta-Oreana, and she still lives in that area. Miss Jones is also the JV volleyball coach and the head middle school volleyball coach. In our interview, Miss Jones said, “I am excited to be joining the Sangamon Valley High School staff. All of the students are great and I am thankful for the opportunity to teach here.”
Welcome to our district, Mr. Elliott and Miss Jones!
Zoi is a freshman at SVHS.
There have been some recent changes to Sangamon Valley this year. One of those changes includes our lunch. We used to not have a company that we got our lunch through, and now we have Aramark. They have given us more options to choose from, like our everyday pizza, fries, and chicken nuggets. We also get more than one option when it comes to the main dish. We have more than just the same kind of salad everyday, as well. Mr Field stated: “Before, we weren’t getting the bank for our buck.” Everyone seems to be very satisfied with our new lunch this year and we hope that it keeps getting better and better.
We also have a lunch director, Kelly Rice. She came from Taylorville and is enjoying Sangamon Valley so far, except for the heat. Kelly said that being a lunch director is new to her this year. We haven’t seen ale cart this year, but are hoping to soon. Last year, we had strawberry milk and Mr. Field loved it. He said that it was pretty darn good and he hasn’t seen it this year, but hopes to. Mr. Field said, “I’m going to ask Miss Rice if we can get some strawberry milk up in this joint.” Maybe we will see some strawberry milk shortly, especially for Mr. Field. Our hope is that everyone is enjoying the new lunch this year!
Remi Mendenhall & Jalynn Ethington
Remi is a sophomore at SVHS. Jalynn is a freshman at SVHS.
Stay tuned for a new edition of The Bolt coming at you soon! Until then, check out this new picture of our new Publications editor staff. Logan Brisch will be taking over our News Department. Beth Stacey will be our new Editor and Chief. Ashlyn Brickey will be our Sports Editor this year. Katelyn Blok will be rocking it as our Student Life Editor.