School organization + study tip

I decided to make a school organization post, because it seems that not a lot of people actually organize their school stuff.  Now, I am a lazy person that doesn’t really work and study much, but I still do have good grades because I know how I should study.  This is more for high school (because I am an high school kid) but maybe some of these tips might help you…  I’ll start with organization tips and then talk about how I study.

1.Planner, everyone will tell you the same thing, bring a planner.  I do use mine when I have a lot of things to do, but that’s pretty rare so I often forget it in the bottom of my book bag.  It’s useful, you can write your homeworks, the things you need to study, upcoming tests, etc.  If you know you can remember everything, maybe you don’t need one.  For example, I have 5 classes only per semester and the teachers don’t give us a lot of homework (except in math), actually they practically don’t give us any.  And 2 of my classes are online, so I don’t really need to use my planner.  But I like to use it for upcoming tests, projects due to a certain date, etc.  You really can use your planner the way it works for you and what you need it for.  Though, I do recommend using highlighters.

2.Binders! Binders, binders, binders.  People don’t like them… But they are so useful and I love them!  So I recommend them and I think they are very important.  So, in high school, you have a locker.  Don’t tell me binders are too heavy, you only need to walk from your class to your locker with it.  Take the size you need, not what the school asks.  I usually get 1.5 inches for mines.  Use one binder per class, it keeps you organized and you don’t need to bring two classes with you all the time.  One per class is fine, and it keeps it all clean.  In it, put separators and paper. All the things you’ll need for you class.  I also put the things for when you rip the holes in your pages by accident, because I always rip them.  Anyway, this brings me to my third tip…

3.Bring paper.  That is the stupidest thing ever, not having paper at school.  I don’t even need to explain why.

4.For taking notes, I prefer to use notebooks.  It’s simple, I have all my notes for that class together.  If I need to study, no loose papers everywhere, just one simple notebooks.  I usually take the 100 pages one, because that’s usually the space I need.  If you write a lot, just take a bigger one.

5.Post-its, they make everything so easy to find.  An important page? Got it.  I buy post-it tabs too, they are useful and I use them a lot.

6.Pencils, pens, eraser, sharpener, etc.  Another obvious one, bring the things you need.  If you have normal pencils, bring a sharpener!  Bring an eraser, cuz you will make mistakes!  Think about these kinds of things.  They are too many people in this world asking if someone has a pencil.

Now, for how I study…  I’m lazy and don’t like to study, I actually study rarely.  I had a test today and I started studying yesterday (I did get a 100%).  I usually summarize my notes, take out the information I don’t need and put them in my own words.  Not only does it help to understand better your notes, but it also makes you study without studying at the same time.  I remember easily if I summarize my notes and study from them.  The only class I actually study a long time before the test is science.  I like science so I don’t get as bored as with French for example.  I start a week before the test, summarize my notes and read them everyday. BAM! 96% of average on your report card for science!  I also like to use flashcards for History and Geography.  Now, people always say to sit properly, be sure there is no distraction… blah, blah, blah.   I’ll study with my feet on the table or laying down in my bed if I want to.  I like to study that way, it keeps me relaxed and I’m a person full of stress.  How about distractions?  I study with music (classic, pop, rock, whatever you want, though I feel like classical music keeps me a lot more concentrate for longer periods of time (like studying 6 hours straight, yes I did.  My mom told me I could stay home a day if I got 99% or more on my science test.  Guess who slept all day?), rock is also nice.  I also study with my facebook or youtube open or whatever.  It takes me out of my study for a minute or two and I’m ready to study again!  Just don’t abuse it.

Respect

Today, like every other week day, I was stuck with taking the school bus, which I hate.  I hate it so much, I hate the seats material, and the fact that you don’t have any place for your legs.  I hate the smell, I hate the cold metal that the bus is made off.  I also hate the screaming of the little kids (my bus has people from kindergarten to 12 grade in it), the stupid teenagers surrounding me and the bus driver that doesn’t do anything and drives very slow.  I don’t talk to no one…   I listen to my Ipod and read a book.  The bus drives me crazy.  Call me a snob for looking down on my fellow schoolmates and not trying to talk to them, I don’t even care.

So today, the boys from 9 grade were trowing things to each other!  They always act like 8 years olds.  They obviously cannot shoot properly, so they ended up throwing a dozen pieces of paper to me.  I was so angry, but I didn’t want to say nothing.  They would probably have laughed at my face and just gotten me madder.  I was trying to read my book, but I was so angry I couldn’t.  My breathing was getting shorter and I could hear my heartbeat in my head.  Once we were at my stop, I stormed out of the bus and ran to my house.  I got there so mad!  I couldn’t calm down.

I decided to go to the mailbox even thought it’s pouring cold rain outside.  Once I returned home, my hair were all wet and my hands and face was freezing and red.  I then took a bit of sugar to eat and all of that calmed me down.  Now, I’m here writing about it.

I never understood what was so difficult with respect.  It seems like no one can do it.  Yes, we all can say sorry and thank you.  But those are usually just empty words that we say out off habit.  Respect is more then that, it’s respecting others rights, feelings, body, thoughts, minds, etc.  It’s hard to respect someone if they trow things at you and act stupid.  But at least I keep my thoughts about them for myself.  And if someone doesn’t respect me, I will not respect them back.

Do to others what you want them to do to you.  I’ve heard that a lot when I was young, I always felt like this, this was the key to peace.  But, no one can do it.

I looked at them in the bus, throwing things.  And I think: Those are the ones that will have jobs in the future, who will take care of our society.  But they never seem to grow up, never seem to care.

I’ve been called mature a lot.  And of course a kid should be a kid and have fun.  And I do.  I like to spend time with my friends and talk about normal things.  It’s okay to have fun, but have respect for others.  If there was more respect, everything would be easier.  If you don’t respect people while you’re young, you never will.  And they’ll grow up and raise kids to be like them and have jobs and threat their coworkers like they don’t matter…

If there’s something I hate more then anything, it is being disrespectful.