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  1. How to Achieve Your Goals for the New School Year

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    Every person wants to achieve the goals set at the beginning of a new school year. Yet, as time progresses it can be all too easy to fall back into bad or slack habits, such as procrastination, cramming and poor researching, sending the original goals to achieve, well, right out the window.

    However, how would you do if you know which steps to take to achieve success in your school career? Amazingly, because planning your goals and dedicating yourself to achieving them will bring about results that you truly want.

    1. Choose specific, realistic goals or even one single but very important goal.When it comes to choosing your goal, ensure that it states precisely what it is that you want to achieve. Don’t generalize.The exactitude of your goal involves both what you want to achieve and identifies the effort that you will put in to achieve it. Simply setting a goal without acknowledging the effort required won’t be successful, whereas understanding what needs to be done to get to your goal will be.
    2. Write down your goal. Having a hard copy of your goal makes it real. Once it becomes a physical entity and not just a thought going through your head, it has form, substance and reality for you. Ways to express your goal might be:
      • Write it in a journal you’ll be keeping all year ahead.
      • Write it on a poster and stick this above your desk that you look at each day.Every time you remind yourself of your goal, you’re training your brain to accept the effort needed to make the goal happen.
    3. Research the topic. The best approach when setting up a goal is to research the topic in which it is in so that you can understand better how to achieve it through the tools, information and resources available to you.
      • Ask questions when researching your topic.
      • Try various methods out. One may not work while another may be just right for you. Be aware of the way in which you learn best and focus on that; some people learn best through writing, some through listening and reading, some through talking it through. Until you have realized which way works for you, you might not realize that the method used within your school makes your learning harder for you. Once you do realize, you can work around any school driven study methods that aren’t perfect for you and institute those that are much better.
      • Know and understand the information. This may take drawing up mind maps, drawing visual diagrams, chopping the information down into smaller parts, talking to people related to your goal and so forth. Seek to discover which methods enable you to best digest the information you receive.
    4. Break your goal down. By chopping your goal up into manageable chunks, it allows you to mentally tick your way through the goal until the end of year. This method makes it being easier to handle and therefore you’re far less likely to give up or dodge your goal by taking short-cuts or refusing to do anything. As well, it is simply more practical to break down a goal into achievable parts. All you got to do is think what you need to do to achieve it, and make it a step by step process, with reward goalposts along the way.
    5. Put a brake on distractions. There are many distractions in life, including technology and romance. It is easier to be sidetracked by things that don’t allow the time for achieving school goals and it is important to acknowledge these possibilities and to plan to deal with them consciously.
      • Set small periods of time each week for TV and internet use that isn’t for research purposes. Don’t allow these times to bleed into study time or to replace it. Choose to do quality fun things instead of just any old thing when you do use technology for entertainment.
      • If you’re dating, keep it short and sweet. Although it’s nice to be around your sweetheart, there is a long way ahead of both of you and where your relationship goes is far less certain than where your goals ought to be taking you. Give priority to your goals as well as your studies too,equally and enjoy dating on weekends now and then.
      • Emails, phone calls, IM, texting, etc., are all potential sources of distraction. Keep them to a minimum and answer them during set times or after the studies have been completed.
    6. Make it happen. Don’t think to yourself that over time you will manage to do it. Thinking is a useful start but thinking doesn’t do the grunt work and thinking certainly won’t move mountains. Go out every morning knowing what you need to do and then do it!
    7. Make sure that you make the most of the opportunities you get every school day.
    8. Think positive. If you’re not in the right state of mind you won’t be able to succeed because you won’t believe that you can do it. Negative thought patterns that repeatedly tell you can’t do something are unhelpful and they’re roadblocks. Stop telling yourself you can’t and start telling yourself that you can and speak about what you are doing rather than hoping you can do something. Always think to yourself that you’re capable, even if you have a stumble along the way. Remember that everyone makes mistakes but it isn’t the mistake making that trips us; it’s how we respond to it that matters. If you get up again and learn from it, determined to forge on, then the mistake turns into a lesson in itself and not a barrier.
      • Stay motivated. Tell yourself positive things such as ‘Anything is possible’ and ‘The sky is the limit.’ And write these affirmations down, or just have the goal down with all the benefits in which will come out of it. Make it so that you will want to go out and do it.
      • Whenever you’re not sure, ask yourself ‘What results have to be achieved to make a difference?’ These are results in the wider context of the person you want to be and where you want to see yourself in the future. Focusing on the future self can be a helpful way to nudge the present self into more focused action.
      • Every night, identify the most important challenge you will have the following day and make it your first priority to deal with when you arrive at school and you’re fresh and relaxed.
    9. Reward yourself along the way. All study and no reward can break your spirit. Occasionally, when you’ve achieved certain “milestones” in your goal plan, take a break and reward yourself. See a favorite movie, visit a friend who lives across town, go to the ice cream parlor with your friends or buy yourself a new something.
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  2. Time Saving Tips for Teachers

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    by K. J. Wagner At times, teaching can be overwhelming. You have stacks of papers to grade, conferences to attend, grades to calculate, emails to respond to, and, if there is any time left—teach. So much to do, and so little time in which to accomplish it. Included herein are teacher-tested...
  3. Exam Preparation: Ten Study Tips

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    1. Give yourself enough time to study Don’t leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute ‘cramming’, it’s widely accepted that for most of us, this is not the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down... Comment
  4. When Teenagers Lie

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    By Lisa Medoff All teens lie, and that is because all people lie. We often do it in the service of sparing the feelings of others, but sometimes we lie for selfish reasons, such as making ourselves look good in the eyes of others. Teens are no different. As with many other adolescent behaviors... Comment
  5. 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens

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    By Danielle Wood For teens, life is not a playground, it’s a jungle. And, being the parent of a teenager isn’t any walk in the park, either. In his book,The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, author Sean Covey attempts to provide “a compass to help teens and their parents navigate... Comment

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