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Don’t Use “You”!

Many young or inexperienced writers use “You” as their point of view.  It is very distracting for a reader.  Mostly because what the writer may be trying to convey is not relevant to the reader.   Example, I once read a paper that stated, “If you plan on going to college you should study more.”  One, I have already gone to college so I don’t need to worry about getting into a college.  And two, I am slightly offended that the writer thought I did not study while I was in high school. I don’t think that the writer meant to irk me, the reader but that is exactly what has happened.   The other problem with using “You” is that it can make the writing too informal for the intended purpose.

Below is a list of suggestions on how to fix the “You” dilemma.

Avoid:
When you are at school, you should not eat the food in the cafeteria…

Instead:
Kids at school should not eat in the cafeteria…
When students are at school they should not eat in the cafeteria……
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Avoid:
When you go to the store for only one item then you are wasting your time.

Instead:
When people go to the store for one item they are wasting their time.
When shoppers go to the store for one item they are wasting their time.
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Avoid:
You are crazy to think that if you do not study you will get into college.

Instead:
Young adults shouldn’t count on not studying if they plan on going to college.
Students should keep an open mind about studying if they plan on going to college.

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You Need More Sleep!

As a teacher, I find that I am constantly telling children they need more sleep.  I can’t even count the number of times per day I tell a student “put your head up”, or “sit-up”.  Sleep is incredibly important for students.  The amount of sleep a person gets affects everything from weight loss (or weight gain) to how much they will care about other people to how well a person thinks.

So how much sleep should a young adult get?

That depends. Scientists know that younger people need more sleep than adults.  For example, babies need between 16 to 18 hours of sleep a day.  For preschool children, the number changes to 11-12 hours.  School-age children need about 10 hours and teenagers need about nine to 10 hours a night.

That means if you head off to school at around 7 am, which most of us do, a typical middle school student will have to be in bed by 9 pm.

What time do you go to bed at night?  Do you find going to be earlier makes you happier?  What keeps you up at night?  Comment below.

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Get Some Sleep!

I found this infographic on sleep. I often do not think students realize the importance of a good night sleep. Be sure to get enough sleep on school nights so that you are working your best during school. Wait until summer and other vacations to stay up late!

What do you think? Comment in the section below.

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The Science of Avoiding Procrastination

I found this video on how to avoid procrastination.  You know that really annoying habit of waiting til the last minute to do something.  Don’t wait, check out this video right now and learn ways to do more and procrastinate less!

Do you procrastinate?  Comment your favorite ways to avoid doing work in the comment section below.  Want extra credit?  Next to your favorite procrastination write ways to avoid waiting to do work that has to get done.

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How to Get it Done!

I hear a lot of excuses in middle school.  Kids are always quick to tell me why they can’t do their homework, why they can’t work on an assignment, or work with another kid.  I often say “Don’t give me an excuse as to why you can’t do something.  Give me an excuse as to why you can get something done”.  What I think these excuses really are is a way to stop yourself from getting the work done.  I thought it might be nice to look at some of those excuses and find a way to stop it in its tracks.

  • “I don’t know where to begin.”–Look for ways to break the assignment down into parts.  Probably, the best way is to look for what needs to be done first.  Then concentrate on second and all of the other parts until the assignment is completed.
  • “There are too many distractions.”–There will always be kids trying to distract other kids.  The trick is to remind yourself that the job, or the assignment, must get done.  Thinking about the bad grade, detention, or other punishment is a good way to stay on task and not let the distractions stop you from getting your work done.
  • “This is easy.”–Many students have told me how easy and quick an assignment will be only to find that they do not get it done in time.  By putting off the work, the work rarely gets done.  It is much better to think of all the free time you will have once the assignment is done and what you will be able to do with that time.
  • “This is boring.”–As I am constantly saying in class, some activities and assignments are going to be boring.  But they still have to get done.  I try to teach all of my students to get into the habit of doing the work first then finding a way to reward themselves.
  • “I don’t think I can do it.”–How do you know until you try?  I am constantly telling students in class, done is better than perfect.  The first step is to complete the task.  If indeed, you can do the assignment or task then a person can go back and perfect the assignment.  If not, well, you completed the assignment.

A person must learn the signs of procrastination and learn to ignore them.