Welcome the New Semester Right!

Another new semester another new start.  Be sure you use each new semester to your advantage.  Check out these tips to make Seventh grade a fabulous year!

1. Use your time wisely!

  • Be sure to use your Pioneer Passport EVERYDAY!  Don’t just write your homework also include projects, tests, field trips, practices, and any other commitments you do not want to forget.
  • Be sure to review your Pioneer Passport everyday to be sure you know when assignments are due.  The older you get the more assignments you will have.  Getting in the habit of checking when items are due will make you a very successful person.
  • Don’t wait to do assignments until the last minute, unexpected things come up.

2.  Be Prepared to Work Hard!

  • Some people think that the first few weeks of a semester is not important.  That is not true.  A student should work just as hard the first few weeks of school as the end.  In fact, if you consistently work hard school would be easier and you would get better grades.

3.  Talk to Your Counselor!

  • Having trouble in a class?  Is it too easy?  Too hard?  Is there someone in class that is bugging you?  Do you sit next to someone you are going to talk to? Then tell your counselor.  Your counselor is there to help you do well in school.  If you need help ask for it.

4. Set a Goal!

  • Find a reason to do well in school.  Set a goal or find a roll model that will want you to work hard in school.
  • Think about last semester.  What would you have liked to have done differently?  How could you have gotten better grades?
  • Stay positive.

Identifying realistic and specific academic and personal goals can help motivate you. Try to remain positive, and acknowledge (and celebrate) each goal you meet. You deserve it!

5 Myths About Learning That Are Wrong!

I was reading a great article from Flipboard the other day about the 5 myths we have about learning.  A really great article about a super important subject.  Check out a bit of the article here and then be sure to read the entire article from the link at the end.

  • We have set learning styles.  In other words just because a person is a visual learner doesn’t mean a person can’t learn using their hearing or their hands.

 

  • Rereading material over and over again is a good way to study.  No way! It’s a good way to not engage with the information and put 0 effort into the work.

 

  • Focus on one subject at a time.

 

  • A person’s first answer is always the best answer.  Not exactly.  I myself can think of a million times I have thought about an answer and changed it because my initial thinking was false.

 

  • The more hours you put into studying the better you will understand the material.  See above.  If a person is mindlessly reading or not engaging with the information nothing will be remembered.  In fact, a person may just be wasting their time.

Read the entire article here!

What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree?  Comment below!

UC School Rankings

University of California, Berkely

Ranked #4 out of top 150 universities in the world

 

University of California, Davis

Ranked #55 out of top 150 universities in the world
School of Management: Ranked #42
School of Education: Ranked #36
College of Engineering: Ranked #34
School of Law: Ranked #39
School of Medicine: Ranked #45
Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing: Ranked #52

University of California, Irvine

Ranked #47 out of top 150 universities in the world
Paul Merage School of Business: Ranked #44
School of Education: Ranked #25
Henry Samueli School of Engineering: Ranked #37
School of Law: Ranked #28
School of Medicine: Ranked #48

University of California, Los Angeles

Ranked #12 out of top 150 universities in the world
Anderson School of Management: Ranked #15
School of Education and Information Studies: Ranked #3
Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science: Ranked #16
David Geffen School of Medicine: Ranked #11

University of California, Riverside

A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management: Ranked #93
Graduate School of Education: Ranked #72
Bourns College of Engineering: Ranked #67

University of California, San Diego

Ranked #14 out of top 150 universities in the world
Rady School of Management: Ranked #82
Department of Education Studies: Ranked #62
Jacobs School of Engineering: Ranked #13
School of Medicine: Ranked #18

University of California, San Francisco

Ranked #18 out of top 150 universities in the world
School of Medicine: #4
Note: UCSF school of nursing was in the top 10 for all nursing programs, but due to an administration “oversight” the school was not included in the ranking, according to the University of California.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Ranked #41 out of top 150 universities in the world

 

University of California, Santa Cruz

Ranked #93 out of top 150 universities in the world
Education Department: Ranked #101
Jack Baskin School of Engineering: Ranked #85

Think You Can’t Do Much because You’re a Kid?

Think Again!

If you have ever feel like you are just a kid and can’t do anything than you need to read this article.  It turns out even kids have done some pretty great things.  Keep reading to find out more.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great became ruler when he was only 16 years old.  At 18 he began expanding the Roman Emperor by conquering lands from Greece to India. He was in charge of one of the largest ancient empires of all time and he never lost a battle.

Nadia Comeneci

At 14 years old, Nadia won the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada as the first gymnast to score a perfect score.  In total, she won five Olympic medals as a gymnast.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart was just 5 years old when he wrote his first piece.  With the help of his father, he wrote his first symphony when he was just 8 years old.  He created over 600 pieces of music in his lifetime.

Blaise Pascal

When Blaise was 12 years old he started studying geometry.  At 19 he began making a hand held calculator in 1642.  He was a successful mathematician, philosopher and physicist.

Mary Shelly

When Mary was 18 years old a group of friends challenged each other to tell ghost stories.  This inspired Ms. Shelly to write “Frankenstein.” The book was published two years later, when she was 20 years old.

Take inspiration from these awesome kids and see what you can do!

Read the entire article here!

How Much Money Do You Need To Make?

Ever play the game M.A.S.H. when you were a kid? Play the grown up version to find out how much money you need to make to live the lifestyle you dream about.  Want to play M.A.S.H.?  Click here.

So what did your salary come out to be?  Mine was some crazy number like $300,000 dollars a year.  Try this site for a numbers that are a little bit more realistic.

Here is another site that gives a different opinion on what a typical budget for a person who lives in Los Angeles, California.  Click here.

How Much do you have to make to be considered rich in the United States?  Click here.

Debt means a person spends more than they earn.  Check out the top 25 reasons a person goes into debt by clicking here.  Why would you go into debt?

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UCLA Was Wet and Wonderful

We had a great time on the UCLA field trip today but it was a bit wet.  Luckily, the storm really did not hit us until we were just about to leave.  We had a wonderful tour where we got to walk quite a bit of the campus and we saw some beautiful scenery.  The wind was fierce, quite a few of us lost our umbrellas, I even lost my hat!  If any one has a picture of my lone hat on the grass comment it below.  Many students bought souvenirs like UCLA hats and gear, Abriana and Valerie took home a very interesting item and we even watched a dancer entertain us at the end of the trip.  It was a great time!

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