How to Succeed in School

School can be pretty tough sometimes, we can all agree with that.  You have to go to boring classes, waste the whole day and go home to spend the remaining time studying or doing homework.  It can get very repetitive and extremely stressful at times.

However, school is a great experience that we need to be grateful to have.  In fact, school can be surprisingly fun if you have lot’s of success with it!  How you may ask?

1.  Get Organized

Clear off the desk, get some spare pencils and paper, and make an area nice and tidy for you to do work on.  At this very moment go get all you’re school supplies, take them out and organize it.  Maybe you have an inch worth of math papers that you’ve been meaning to recycle for a year, or you’ve been putting Spanish papers in your English folder.  Do whatever you can do to get everything where it needs to be, and so that things are easy to access and work on.

2.  Have a Planner to Use

Lot’s of people hate planners, but these guys will be saving you so many times you won’t have any problem at all remembering things.  The hard part? Using it.  Lot’s of people have planners, but are too lazy to use it.  The second you’re instructor tells you a date, or an assignment, write it down.  After school check it, and make sure everything will be done.

3.  Pay Attention

Honestly, it’s not that hard.  Get a good nights rest so that you’re ready for the day and keep you’re mind focused on the lesson.  Watch the teacher, take notes, and don’t let little things in your life get into your mind.  Before you know it a whole chapter will be taught and you’ll be stuck learning it on your own.

4.  Eliminate Distractions

We live in a world where there’s so many things that can stop us from doing what we have to do.  So unplug technology, get away from the busy world, and get your work done.  You can get things done so fast if you just focus and don’t get distracted by anything.

5.  Get a Good Group of Friends

Have a group of people you have fun with to help you get through things.  Maybe make a small study group that meets once a week, or help each other on projects.  With the help of others you will be able to get anything done and at least someone is bound to know the answer to one of your questions.  This is also a great way to have fun!

6.  Study When You’re Not At School

Studying has become a time where you text your friends, or take lots of breaks to relax your mind.  Sure, breaks are also a great thing to have when studying, but at this rate hours will pass when you could get the work done in one.  Do the work outside of school with focus, and be smart while studying.

So really, be smart about it.  Get away from distractions, be organized, and pay attention.  If you worked two hours of focused work a day I assure you that your grades will be outstanding.  And when you start getting good grades, you start to gain motivation to do even better.  And that’s where the fun begins.   Good luck!

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How to be less stressed

We live is a very successful society.  We have to get up early, work until its late.  Study, do homework, extra work.  All these modern annoyances can play a huge role in our lifestyle.  Now, it may be impossible to have a totally stress free life, but you sure can get close!

First off, we need to know what stress is.  Long ago, stress was caused when humans were put in a situation where they felt in danger.  This gave the body a boost to get out of that situation.  Once the energy was exerted, so was the stress.  For example, a bear attacking someone and that person jumping up into a tree.  The problem?

We let stress stay in our body all throughout the day, whether we realize it or not.

This can be extremely harmful to our mental, and physical health.  Overtime, people have learned that stress can be the main factor for many bad things.  And it is very important that we know how to get that stress out of us and how to be able to prevent it.

There are many things that can cause stress, good or bad.  A wedding, a huge test, a job interview, getting dinner on the table.  There are so many things that can make ourselves feel stressed.  The important thing is to get this stress out.

But, there are some ways that you shouldn’t get stress out.  For one thing, do NOT go out and have a drink, alcohol is a depressant that will only make matters worst.  Also, taking things out on other people and being aggressive won’t do a thing but hurt relationships.  So be smart about it.

One of the best ways to take care of stress is to find the problem, and put an end to it.  Now if you’re feeling stressed because you’re not the president of your country, well, good luck.  Luckily however, there are tons of other ways to get stress out, and they may even work better.

Exercise is actually one of the best ways to get stress out too.  Long ago, stress was used to help the body get out of a situation, and to do that the body had to do physical actions.  Jogging around the block, stretching, anything physical can help stress become less of a problem.

Other ways not to be stressed? Well, let’s make a list.

1.  Take care of your problems as fast as you can.  One of the worst things you can do is procrastinate, and I’m sure we’re all very good at doing that.  Make sure you take care of things when you get the chance to, that way you’ll have more time later and you will feel great about the use of your time.

2.  Stay Organized.  Having a clean desk to work on, space to move around in, and a schedule to follow can really keep your life together.  You will know whats ahead and you will be ready to take on any challenge that comes up.

3.  Be Prepared.  Now, it’s hard to say to be prepared for everything.  Considering there are lots of factors that can play a role in the things you do, but, it’s important you have a plan in case something does come up.  Once you do you know you’ll be ready and the situation won’t be as rough when you have some things to help you out.

4.  Have control.  Whenever you go into anything that can be stressful, be ready to change things you need to change and make sure everything is right according to you.  Use anything that can assist you in having control over a situation so that you feel like you are in power and nothing can go wrong.

5.  Avoid Multitasking.  This is very important, don’t ever put to much on your plate.  We’re going to have lots of task to compete, that’s just life.  But it is utmost important just to focus on one thing at a time.  You’ll be able to complete things easier and you’ll be able to do more and more on one thing to get you to that finish line faster.

6.  Relax throughout the day.  Have 20 minutes or so when you just do whatever you want throughout the day.  These little breaks can relax your mind and get you ready for whatever is coming up next.

7.  Be grateful.  We usually don’t know what we have until it’s gone.  Stressed out about the job you have to work?  Someone out there would kill to have it.  Having I’m grateful moments will really make you a happier person and improve your personality overall.  Make sure you realize what a great life you’re living and use this positive attitude to succeed in life.

So, if you’re struggling, go out and run a little.  Take a break from your routine and have some fun.  It’s important we have some moments where we can just take a breathe, look at our life, and relax a little.  Have a wonderful day and I hope you can prevent stress from coming into you’re life after this!

How to Learn an Instrument

Yay! You’ve decided to take up an instrument!  Music is a great way to express yourself, have fun, and connect with others.  There are so many reasons why you should play an instrument and if you’re looking to get into it all then you’re going to want some tips.

1.  Find what instrument you’re going to play.

OK, so this may be a little obvious, but it’s so absolutely necessary to get an instrument you are going to enjoy, and be able to play well.  When I first joined band long ago, I wanted to play the trumpet.  In fact I wanted to play the trumpet so much I didn’t even think about testing out other instruments.  I just bought a trumpet and started playing.  You can say I was the worst trumpet player in the world, because I was.  I could barely play it!  For 3 years I played this instrument only to learn that it wasn’t meant for my lips.  Mine were to big!  The second I picked up a low brass instrument (With a bigger mouthpiece) I was able to play anything.  In other words, make sure there’s no physical features of yours that will keep you from your full potential.

2.  Spend some time getting to know your instrument.

Instruments are all very unique.  Whether you’re playing drums, guitar, or flute you’re going to need some basic knowledge.  Learn how people tune the instrument, important parts of it, and how to maintain it if you need to.  If you aren’t going to be taking lessons(which will also be a great idea if you want to speed up the process) learn what clef music is in, and learn how to read that clef.

3. Tutorials Tutorials Tutorials Tutorials Tutorials!!!

First thing, I would highly recommend getting a mentor to teach you.  Lessons can get pretty pricey but it can make such a big difference.  It can help so much to have the help of another experienced player.  If not, explore the web for useful videos, and information! Make sure you first know how to play correctly, then fingerings/positions, then note names.  Once you start to learn how to read music off a sheet it will be one of the most joyful experiences of your life.  You can play anything you want!  This will be one of the hardest steps, it can be very intimidating diving right in but just keep learning new things and you’ll get there.  Again, make sure you know the basics of your instrument and music itself before you go into learning how to play it.

4.  DON’T GIVE UP!!!!!

Learning how to play an instrument can be VERY frustrating sometimes.  It may seem like a lot of little things you need to know at first, but give it a few months.  Learn something new everyday.  One new note, one more bar of music.  It will take time.   But the best you can do is keep learning and taking in knowledge.  With that knowledge, practice.  You’ll get there, I promise!

5. With you’re new skills, have some fun!

Do the thing you wanted to do!  Join a music group! Start a band! You can have so much fun with music.  If music becomes your passion play in public every weekend! Joining different groups is also a great way to get better.  Playing with others will teach you more musical skills that are necessary to have.  Yes, it will take time to become a pro at your instrument.  But its a great journey.  Take baby steps, and have fun!