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  1. How to Properly Study

    Video 1: 1) Learning is fast 2) Knowledge is a compilation of isolated facts 3) Success is not based on effort 4) Humans can successfully multitask These are the beliefs that if held by a student will simple prevent learning and make people dumb. Many of us today are too attached to the minicomputer in our pockets and are unwilling to let it go. However, learning and studying with distractions isn’t successful studying at all. Video 2: The most important part of studying is what you think about while doing it. Are you focused on the material and making connections between topics, or are you thinking about playing a game or replying to a message on your phone? Studying is most effective when done to allow for deep processing of material (AKA: making connects, marking differences, and using personal experience to understand material). Helpful Tips: 1) Minimize distractions 2) Have accurate metacognition 3) Deep processing of material 4) Practicing material retrieval as it will be required on a test Video 3: 1) Elaborate- relating topics to one another 2) Distinction- recognize differences in material 3) Personal- relate information to your own experience 4) Retrieval- practice recalling information as it will be asked 5) Automaticity- practice beyond basic understanding 6) Overlearning- study till the material is known as if second nature Video 4: Notes should be taken by hand to limit useless material copying and online distractions. Only make notes of key material and connections to other material as well as make them engaging to study multiple times. Create a study group with a common goal to move not only a few to better understanding but the group as a whole. Set requirements to keep the group working and focused as well as reducing slackers. Lastly make sure everyone shares the same understanding as the group, any member should be able to answer for the group as a whole. Video 5: If you fail a test, don’t panic on deny it happened. Review the test and compare its questions with your notes and preparation. If there is material you don’t understand talk with the teacher and add detail to your notes. Being willing and accepting to getting help and clarify what you don’t understand. Then learn from the test and continue working with a new understanding.
  2. Who Am I?

    Throughout my past three years as an IHS student, i have sought out the hardest classes i could. Starting with AP Euro then expanding my AP's into my current schedule. I have swam and ran for IHS in the past and will continue to swim this year. I enjoy the challenges of school and sports and hope to continue these challenges this year. I decided to take this course after being told my college administrators that AP Physics 1 would not be accepted no matter the AP score and that part of AP-C would be accepted. Also, after hearing that this class was one the hardest three in the high school I knew i wanted to challenge the course. My goal for the class is to over come the challenge and learn more about the world of physics that would help with my plan in terms of college major (Aerospace Engineering). This year i am excited that I can take courses that I enjoy and that aren't easy and to push my limits in the classroom and in the pool. My anxiety this year revolves around keeping up with my course work and managing my time when taking four AP's, planning and doing my Eagle Project, swimming, applying for college, and being a good host for my exchange partner who will be in Rochester in 10 days.

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