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3 Tips for Studying: High School Edition

Now, I was a little different as a student. My face was always buried in a book, so the idea of studying was pretty appealing to me. It meant that I didn’t have to deal with whatever was going on in my family and personal life at the time. However, just because I liked to study does not mean that I was good at it. 

Studying is a skill. In order for that skill to work at peak performance it must be taken care of. Tools need to be cleaned, greased up, stored properly, and used for the right job. Studying works the same way. 

Here’s a few tips that will help your high school student get the most out of their study time. 
  1. Organization: This is a skill all on its own, but it is also an essential part of studying effectively. Organizational skills have to be used to come up with a “plan of attack” when it comes to studying. You have to organize your thoughts, then your tools. Planing for tests in advance, studying regularly to avoid cramming for tests and quizzes, making lists of the things needed to complete each assignment, completing assignments before their deadline in order to free up time for other pressing projects, and even simple time management, are all part of the organization needed to study effectively. 
  2. Notes: There are dozens of different ways to take notes. The key is to pay attention to what the educator tells you. Facts, key dates, problems written on the board, these are all usually tools that teacher use when formulating a text or quiz. Remember, tests and quizzes are assessments, they assess what the student has learned. If the teacher takes the time to point something out, chances are, it’s on the test! Writing notes by hand also stimulates key areas of the brain that reinforce learning and memory. Use your hands, and use your notes. 
  3. Flashcards – I’m a big believer in flashcards, because they work. Sure, it’s about memorization, but so is most academic testing. flashcards, along with adequate note taking, are a solid foundation for studying. In today’s digital age it’s even easier than ever too! There are flashcard apps that can be shared by students and teachers. There are flashcard apps that can be used on smart phones and PC’s too. So even “green” parents can get in on the flash card action. 

High school can be brutal. They throw a ton of information at you, and usually students find themselves in a sink or swim atmosphere. Well, it’s easier to prevent drowning by using a life-preserver, and that’s what good studying habits and techniques can do for students of all ages. Sit down and take the time to organize work into manageable tasks. Conquer them one by one. 

Until next time, 

Nick. 

Video: Types of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are so dangerous, especially when it comes to teens. I wanted to share a video with you. This video contains some basic information about eating disorders. It’s not my video, just one I came upon not to long ago.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to message me.

6 Tips To Teach Teens: Disagree Respectfully

Disagree Respectfully

I’ve heard teens justify disagreeing in a disrespectful manner in a multitude of ways. From, “He just don’t like me!” to “They’re just mad because I made them look stupid!” I’ve witnessed almost every kind of ridiculous reason. Do you know what I’ve never witnessed? Teens being taught how to respectfully disagree. (more…)

Teens and Sexting – Internet Slang Dictionary

I tried to compile a list of text slang and acronyms that are commonly used, but the truth is that the Internet is ever evolving and just when we think we know one set of slang terms a new social media site helps create 20 new terms. So, here’s a list of what I could pull together. Some of it’s pretty relevant, and some of it might be a little dated. However, it pays to know what’s being said. Some of the more sexual things here are pretty shocking to me. It’s amazing that they are so causal that there exists slang for it. Read On SFW (mostly).

 IWSN – I want sex now

GNOC – Get naked on camera

NIFOC – Naked in front of computer

PIR – Parent in room

CU46 – See you for sex

53X – Sex

9 – Parent watching

99 – Parent gone

1174′ – Party meeting place

THOT – That hoe over there

CID – Acid (the drug)

Broken – Hungover from alcohol

420 – Marijuana

POS – Parent over shoulder

SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo

KOTL – Kiss on the lips

(L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life

PRON – Porn

TDTM – Talk dirty to me

8 – Oral sex

CD9 – Parents around/Code 9

IPN – I’m posting naked

LH6 – Let’s have sex

WTTP – Want to trade pictures?

DOC – Drug of choice

TWD – Texting while driving

GYPO – Get your pants off

KPC- Keeping parents clueless

53X    Sex

?^       Want to Hook Up?

ASLP       (What is your) Age/Sex/Location/Picture? (Also ASL)

CU46         See You For Sex

DYHAB/G    Do You Have A Boyfriend/Girlfriend?

DTH       Down To Hang (I’m up for getting together)

FWB       Friends With Benefits

GNOC     Get Naked on Camera

I&I        Intercourse & Inebriation

IPN    I’m Posting Naked

LH6       Let’s Have Sex

LJBF    Let’s just be friends

LMIRL    Let’s Meet In Real Life

LYLAB/S Love You Like A Brother/Sister

NSA    No Strings Attached

RU/18      Are You Over 18?

WTTP      Want To Trade Pictures?

%\    Hangover

#-)   Exhausted, partied all night

%*}  Inebriated

DTF     Down to F*ck

DTA    Down to Anal

GNRN   Get Naked Right Now

FMH    F*uck Me Harder

IWS     I Want Sex

IIT      Is It Tight

Q2C    Quick to Come

RUH    Are You Horny?

TDTM    Talk Dirty To Me

S2R     Send To Receive (Pics or Video)

What is Palcohol?

what is palcohol?

what is palcohol?

A lot of parents have been asking me about Palcohol, or powdered alcohol. Palcohol is basically powdered alcohol. It was approved this year by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a part of the U.S. Treasury Department. It is basically powder packets that can turn water into a mixed drink. (more…)

All By Myself: Managing Depression While Alone

depression

depressionFor teens, dealing with depression can be one of the hardest battles of their life. Many teens use isolation as a coping mechanism for the troubles of everyday life, even if only in small doses. However, dealing with depression while alone can be harder than most people understand. (more…)

Suicide: Helping Kids Understand

suicide

suicide

Talking to kids & teens about a recent suicide, or attempt, can be difficult. Usually we’re still full of raw emotions ourselves, and trying to help little minds understand can be overwhelming.

I wanted to post a few thoughts/tips on how to talk with kids when a loved one or friend has committed suicide, or has attempted to commit suicide. (more…)

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