domingo, 3 de fevereiro de 2013

Back to School

               Tomorrow will be our first day at school, classes will started and it will be our first step toward to a good year! We know that there are a lot of factors that matter to make this year a really good one, but the majority of them depend on us, exclusively of us! There will be new subjects (for some of you), new topics to be discussed, new technology to be incorporated, new friends, new teachers, new activities and excursions...the only thing that is not new at all is how you are going to deal with it successfully. The key of this success is a good and well done planning. Basically you must have a nice, quiet and clean place where you could study, focused on what you are reading and writing and you must define you study period - just don't forget to alternate it with periods for relax e for other extra-school activities.  If you are going to study for long hours, be sure of having some pauses, even short ones, to refresh your mind and renew your thoughts. Besides that, some tips (like the ones on the rigth) are classical, mainly if you are an English student: "Practice Makes Perfect".
To improve your reading comprehension, you must read and read, you must practice it! And when you do it, you should make the most of your reading, reading it more than once, at least twice. The first one you ca skim the text to get a general idea of what it is about ignoring the details and looking for the main ideas. The second one, paying more attention, you can scan the text, which involves moving your eyes seeking for spefific information, phrases and words, such as the new words that could help you to  make up your own glossary. Doing that, for sure, your "A, B, C" lessons will be easier and even enjoyable. And as Des'ree sings in "You Gotta Be", to face the new challenges of this year: "You gotta be wiser, You gotta be hard, you gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger, You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together... Time ask no questions, it goes on without you, leaving you behind if you can't stand the pace, the world keeps on spinning, you can't stop it, if you tried to." That's true! You must adjust your pace to keep the balance in your life among your studies, your free time, your health and your rest! 

Post Question: Being completely honest, do you like to study? Why? What's your favorite subject? Why do you like it? And what is the subject that it's harder to you to study? Why do you think it's harder than others? Is there anything you think that could be done (in our classes and/or in our school) to improve the learning process? Do you plan your study?

Tip: To get more ten useful tips to help you in your studies, check the ones that the governament of the Autralian state of New South Wales is providing to its public schools. (Just click here).

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