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Top Ten Study Tips
Posted February 20, 2012 by cuteparents in Education
Dear all, Whether we like it or not we need to study for better life to enjoy in the future and to sustain ourselves on our own in the latter days to come. Though we hate, we cannot run away from it, instead realize that it is good to study for having good future.

Some do not even know the basics of studying. Here are some tips and tricks to study better.

1.Study in a quiet and well-lit place. It is essential to alienate yourself from others, until you complete your task. Tell them politely that you are working and ask them to allow you to study for awhile. Meet them later and have fun to relax for a while.

2.It is very important not to lie down on a couch or bed to study. Study sitting erect at a desk or table. Take a break if you need it.

3.Find out the best part of the day to study. Some are alert in the early mornings; others are good late at night.

4.Just after the classes review the days notes. You will be able to sort out the problems when it is fresh in your mind. As a result, you can avoid cramming.

5.Plan few hours of a study for every day and stick on to it.

6.Gift yourself. If you happen to study successfully for certain period of time compliment yourself with an ice cream, movie or go out with friends.

7.Take short breaks if you require. Research shows people can concentrate only for about 30 minute, after which there is decline in the concentration. Take a short walk if you had hit that point of lapse in concentration. Within 5 minutes take a drink and again get back to work.

8.If you are capable to answer questions and explain concepts to others, you will become clearer. Otherwise you will start to realize what the need to study more is.

9.When you are working with others be a little more cautious. Some members are prone to distract others. You should be cautious in choosing with whom you work.

10.Work alone to master concepts and information. Work with others to test your true understanding.

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Tara Kennedy-Kline
I am rather active on many blog sites, parenting sites and magazines...and the topics are pretty much the same no matter where you go. Spanking, Piercing, Discipline, Homework, Feelings, Feedings, Manners, Who's really in charge and who does it the best...

But what I realized today is that nearly all the people who most actively participate in those conversations are either degreed or self proclaimed "experts" who are basically doing little more than telling each other their philosophies and what makes THEIR opinion (or research or diagnoses or program) right! I'm starting to wonder who is really benefiting from all these studies and research and parenting programs...I very rarely hear from a real world parent...and almost never hear from one who is ASKING for help!

I'm starting to believe that the only people who give a crap about how parents are raising their kids are the "experts" who think they know how everyone should be raising their kids! Because while all of those experts are spending their time battling beliefs and studying research & statistics to get their "parenting PhD"...the rest of us are spending our time parenting our kids.
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At the end of every academic year, most schools would be preparing for their final examinations. It happens to be the due responsibility of the parents and guardians to support the Child in every aspect of this preparation.

We parents should know that examinations are a time of great stress and especially the difficulty in preparation. One basic thing that a parent can do is to make themselves available to the child, particularly during these days. Sometimes it is true that although we do want to be with the child but due to practical reasons of work or personal commitment it becomes impossible. Taking some time off and being with child during these stressful time would surely help the child and might as well help the parents too. With some real help from the side of the parents greater things can be achieved.

The situation in which the child has to study is of a great concern. The parents should play an important role in providing quiet and clean ambience to study. In case this was not possible during the other part of the year, the parents should provide this ambience at least during the times of exam. It would be difficult for anyone for that matter to prepare in a disturbing environment. Students doing their higher studies prefer to study in a quiet environment.

Some parents may not be equipped to enough to guide their child; they can identify a reliable and good tutor who can assist the child. The best option is to find a close friend or relative who can be of assistance to the child. The underlying idea is to get the right kind of specific help with minimal payment. Some times the close friends or relatives are more sincere and reliable in tutoring your child to success than a stranger. This doesnt mean that professional tutors are not essential. They are, but a child may learn best with someone they know.

Even if the child fails to succeed in an examination, it should have the assurance of being accepted and loved. After all every thing is done to help the child to be success in life. In spite of all the facilities and efforts if the child has not come to your expectations yet, the parents and guardians need to honestly reassure the child that all is not lost and they can still succeed in life and are loved by family and friends. It is practical to get disappointment, especially after a lot of time, efforts and money are invested both by parents and kids.

Some children under exam pressure are prone to make mistakes that can result in failure and consequently disappointment. In such situations, parents should restrain themselves from aggressive anger and abuse (verbal or physical) of the child. Another chance is always possible for the child to correct his / her mistakes and succeeds. Hence, parents and guardians need to remember this and continue to show their love and acceptance in times of disappointments too. This can be crucial to a childs long-term productive development.

Hence parents and guardians should remember that final exams and can be a time of great stress in the lives of kids. Every form of assistance would be needed from all those who are associated with a child development especially at this juncture.

The above all we should never forget to show our children that they are still loved and appreciated, even if and when they do not succeed.
Tara Kennedy-Kline
As I sat at the table during my son's IEP team meeting...I realized something.
(Shocking, I know!)
Hearing my son constantly referred to as "Special Needs" really just kind of irritates me!

They kept saying things like "Well I know that behavior is a result of his "special needs." and "That teacher is better suited to him because she is trained in working with kids with "special needs" and "We understand that tests and homework may have to be handled differently because he has "special needs"...

But all I kept hearing in my head was..."Don't we ALL have "special needs"?"

I know I do! And I know my husband does. And I know my best friend does, and her husband does, and the neighbor’s kids do...and my oldest son does...But not in an IEP way or autism support way or even a medicate able way. Just in our own "unique" way.

For example: One of my "special needs" is; I have to be asked if I have the time in my schedule before I will be willing to do a "favor" for someone.

I also have a "special need" to be told when people are leaving or retiring for the night...if you leave me without telling me, I will flip out. (So what! It's MY special need!)

My husband's "special need" is he wants us to have chores done by the time he gets home and/or without him having to ask. He also has a "special need" that we talk to him before loaning out anything (even if it's someone else's to loan out...like MY car or Max's airsoft equipment) He "needs" to be in control of our family’s belongings and whereabouts.

These things may seem trivial and even a bit odd...but they are the "special needs" which are unique to us. And when these “special needs” are met, it just makes our lives easier and happier. It's about knowing and understanding the people around us in order to keep peace and harmony more than it is about diagnosing and labeling a person based on the number or severity of the needs they have.

Personally, I think ALL kids should be treated as though they have "special needs"! All kids should go through an "evaluation" process with their teachers to find out what will help them to have a happier, easier more successful experience in school (and at home too for that matter)! What the heck? Why not? Isn't it our goal to raise happy, successful children?

So if all it will take is a bit of communicating, a bit of listening, a bit of understanding and then a bit of specializing or customizing to make every child a happy, successful student and every family a happy, healthy, successful team...then I say label every one of us "Special Needs" or just scrap that term completely and just call us all “Unique”!!!
Tara Kennedy-Kline
I walked my kid up to the bus in my jammies today. Yes...complete with my robe and my fuzzy slippers! ALLLLLL the way up to the bus, right past 3 houses and a guy walking his dog.

SO WHAT?! That guy walking his dog was wearing the same flannel shirt and overalls he wears EVERY FRICKIN DAY and I don't judge him...but he sure felt compelled to comment on my inability to "get dressed" before I had to run out the door now didn't he?

Yeah well, you know what else I screwed up?! I didn't brush my kid's hair either! At least he HAS hair! SO, THERE!

But here's the point...who was I hurting? Who suffered or was burdened by my "jammie fiasco"? Truly?...No one. Other than exposing some neighbors to a down-home "people of Wal-Mart" experience...nothing bad happened.

So why do people feel it necessary to open their mouths? When did we make it so acceptable for the imperfect people of the world to judge the other people around them? Why do we feel the need to put ourselves on such a high horse and determine what is acceptable and what is not for other people who don't even effect us?

I understand that individuals have their own unique ideas and beliefs about how the world should look. And I get that in your perfect opinion, jammies should not be worn outside the home. And in a mature non judgmental conversation, I may even agree with you (if we are talking about public places like stores and restaurants) But when you attack me by telling me what I am doing wrong (in your opinion) and then give me examples of how you do it "right" (which is totally offensive to me if I didn't ask for your advice.) You are only going to succeed at pushing me farther and farther away from you and your beliefs...and eventually, you may even drive me to defend myself against you and take the opposite point of view. Is that really the best way to reach your goal?

Humans have gone far beyond simply expressing an opinion of others...we have crossed over into the damaging realm of micro-judging. It's like micro-managing, but with harsher consequences. And it needs to be stopped!

If I am wearing something, doing something, saying something or being something that you don't like or agree with and you feel the overwhelming need to save me from my misguided ness...please do me a favor; Stop, take a deep breath and ask yourself these questions:

Is someone suffering?
Is permanent damage being done?
Did anyone ask for my help or opinion?
Is this going to affect me or my life AT ALL?

And if all 4 answers are No, then do me a favor...bite your tongue and go be yourself!
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