Monday, 24 June 2013

How to Organize: School Books :)

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Textbooks and notebooks for class after class - it can get really messy when you don't organize them! You may have to search or your books and this will just waste time (for more organization benefits, click here!)
So, let me tell you some super simple steps to organize you books for school! (If you don't know what this series is click here!)

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Step 1 - Get bookends!
By far the most popular way to organize books is by using bookends. We have probably seen them in libraries before too.
  • Pros: Available in many designs, sturdy, efficient, simple to use, save a lot of space
  • Cons: Price - depends on where you get them but a pair usually costs $8+
  • Price: $$
  • You can get them at any school supply store -  they're very commonly found!
Step 2 - Decide how you want to organize your shelf! (using bookends)
I've used my 11th grade books to show you how using 2 methods:
  • By TYPE of book - textbook, notebook, workbook, etc.
My bookshelf for school (I will get more books eventually)

Close-up (left to right) : Notebooks which I use at home |bookend| School notebooks | Bookend| Extra workbooks & Textbooks organized by subject |bookend| Main textbooks (organized by subject)
My bookshelf organized by subject & other books

Close-up of bottom shelf (left to right): Makeshift bookend| English |bookend| Biology| bookend| Math | bookend| Chemistry |bookend| Physics

Top shelf (left to right): 5 subject notebook | Extra notebooks (That are provided by the school)
Step 3 - Keep it organized! 
To motivate yourself to keep your bookshelf organized, it will take you less that 30 seconds to put it back! If you've taken time to take it out, you can definitely put it back, right? 

I know that these methods are simple but sometimes, simple is the way to go! That's it! Are you going to use any of these methods? Or do you use different ones! Leave a comment below! Thanks a TON for reading this post! 

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-Kavya :)
"You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty" - Cecil Baxter

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Studying Subjects: Languages :)

Every region in the world has their own language and sometimes we, as students usually need to study a couple of them. However, studying languages isn't based on concepts which you can understand and apply. So, in this post I'll tell you on how you can study languages! (If you don't know what this series is, click here!)

1. Read:
Whatever chapter you may have, be it a drama or a poem, read it, do NOT even try to MEMORIZE it. It won't get you good marks, trust me!

2. Comprehend:
Reading without understanding, especially for school, is pointless. So if you come across a word that you don't know the meaning of, first read the sentence over and over again - this will help you even if you have reading comprehension in tests! If you still cannot understand, look it up in the dictionary and then write it down on a post it!

3. Read again!
Reading the chapters again and again (and again) will help you remember and recall the story better! If you want, read them before going to bed though make sure they're not too boring or else you'll fall asleep! (it's happened to me before!) Remember, you want to recall not memorize!

Other tips!
  • Sequence of events: Knowing the correct sequence of events is essential - the climax doesn't come first right? So make a flowchart of the chapter summarizing each scene or a few paragraphs at a time on a sheet of paper and go through those when you revise!
  • Character sketch: Sometimes, character sketches can be really important - either they're asked as a single question or you have to use certain traits while answering another question. Take a sticky note and stick it on the first page of the chapter, you can do one for each character depending on the size of the note. As you're reading the chapter, write down the traits in points on the note. Now you will have a "person's personality in a post-it"!
  • Literary devices: Again for literary devices like similes, metaphors, alliterations (which in case you haven't noticed, I like a lot), etc. the post-it method works too. However, you can also just underline the sentences in different coloured pens too!
That's it! Thanks a TON for reading! I hope you found it helpful! Leave a comment telling me if you are going to use any of these tips! (I'll reply!) Please go ahead and subscribe too so you know when I post next! Thanks! :)

-Kavya :)
"I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense." - Harold Kushner

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Colour Coding :)

Rainbow or dark grey clouds in the sky? I think rainbows for most - Maybe, I don't really know to be honest. However, I'm pretty sure most people would prefer some colour in books - whether it's notebooks or textbooks or even you planner. Now, let me ask the question differently - Black text only in the entire textbook or at least a few colours here and there, for headings, diagram, etc.? I'd say the latter, what about you? 

Now, colour coding is using colours to be organized - double score! You can make your things colourful and organized! Let me tell you how based on:

1. Topics/items:

  • Colour code subjects in notes/folders/binders by writing or highlighting (or even using post-its) in different colours. You can also have different coloured binders/notebooks for each subject too!
  • As for storage, you can cover shoeboxes in different colour papers - for example, photos in a blue box, belts in a purple one, index cards in a green one and so on! This will also make the shoeboxes look better!   

2. Priority: 

  • Let high, low and middle priorities have their own colour when you're writing in a planner! That way you know what you need to do first! 

3. Owner:

  • This can be used for organizing things - for example, you and your siblings could colour code your bottles with lunch boxes.
  • When it comes to family schedules colour coding can be done too!

That's it! I know it was short but I still hope that it was helpful! I'm sorry for not posting the past few days, school has been very busy - I have 3 tests each week! Anyways, thanks a TON for reading this! 
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-Kavya :)

"A place for everything and everything in its place"  

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Conquer & Comprehend Chapters! :)

"Read Chapter 7 for Monday's class." How many of us students actually like hearing these words? Not me, for sure. I might skim through pages before the teacher starts teaching the topic so I understand it a little bit but I will not read the chapter entirely. So, in this post, I'll be telling you how you can thoroughly read chapters! [Also, there is a big difference between studying and reading. In short, reading is just a part of studying but not vice versa.]

Step 1: 
Turn pages and glance at the headings, sub-headings, any words in bold, diagrams, etc. just so you know a little bit about what you are going to read. 

Step 2:
Divide and Conquer!
When you open your textbook and turn to the chapter only to find out that it is 30 pages long does not help in reading the chapter at all, right? So divide the chapter! You can do a page at a time or cover a particular section or sometimes they may already be divided for you! This is helpful because when you read everything little by little it doesn't seem like 30 pages! 

Step 3:
Introductions and Summaries!
Read any introduction and/or summary before you actually start reading the chapter. This will help you get an idea of what the chapter is about before you actually read it! 

Step 4: 
Read & Mark!
Finally it's time to read! Read section by section and highlight/underline anything important! 

  • Read slowly - this way you will remember more of what you read so that means you don't need to read it over and over again! (that is if you've understood everything)
  • If you don't understand, read and read again - or you could ask someone to explain! 
  • Take breaks - after you finish reading a section or two (depending on how long the section is), take a small break for about 5 minutes and then continue! 
  • Sit and read - so you don't fall asleep! (it's happened to me a couple of times!) 
I hoped these tips helped you! Hopefully you don't look like this when you read anymore! ;)
 (image source)
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-Kavya :)
The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. - Dr. Seuss 

Look into my Life: First day of 11th Grade! | June 3rd, 2013 :)

Hi! I hope you're having a great day! This is my first "Look into my Life" post (click here for introduction) and I decided to do my first day of 11th grade! Also, sorry for not having any pictures in this post! I'll try my best to include pictures in my next ones!

*FYI: I had school only till 12:30 this day and transport facilities were not available so what I did this day will probably not be what I do later on* :)

June 3rd, 2013

7:00 AM - Woke up

               - Made bed 
               - Brushed teeth
7:15 AM - Read newspaper
7:30 AM - Drank milk
7:35 AM - Showered & got dressed
7:45 AM - Skincare (sunscreen & lip balm) + Hair
7:50 AM - Ate Breakfast (I had a typical Indian breakfast)
8:00 AM - Off to school! (my dad dropped me)
8:30 AM - Reached school!
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM - School! My experience:

I did join a new school but I already knew about 10 people (they also joined the same school!) so it wasn't an 'awkward new kid' situation, if you get what I'm saying? ;) We didn't really learn anything today, the teachers just introduced themselves and the subject they'll be teaching though the teachers told us that we will have weekly tests - YIKES! We met the English, Chemistry and two Biology teachers. Also, most of us already met the Math and Physics teachers. If you want to know what I'm studying click here! All of my teachers seem to be really nice and helpful! (except for one who seems to be a little more strict but still helpful, nonetheless). That's pretty much it! 

1:00 PM - Reached home! 

1:10 PM - Ate lunch (rice with curry) & watched TV (CSI:NY)
1:30 PM - Read blog posts & watched YouTube videos!
(I did some random things in between)
4:00 PM - Snack time! (I had a puff - I know I should eat healthier!) 
4:10 PM - Starting typing a 2-in-1 introduction post! 
4:30 PM - Visited one of my previous teachers who taught me a subject after school (because I got A's in  everything else but B's in this one) 
5:00 PM - Edited the post I typed earlier
                - Did some planning for future posts
6:00 PM - Published that post I typed and edited earlier.
                - Recalled what I did the entire day at what time
7:15 PM - Started typing this post
7:40 PM - Typed and edited this post (until this line)
8:00 PM - Dinner (same as lunch!)
9:00 PM - Watched the season finale of Masterchef USA season 3! The person whom I wanted to win won! YAY! Even though the season got over months ago, you should definitely watch at least the finale! 
10:00 PM - Packed my school bag
                - Chose my outfit for the next day (I actually have a uniform but haven't got it yet)
                - Did my daily 5 minute cleanup (makes a huge difference in keeping your room clean, trust me!)
                - Night routine
                - Thought of some blogpost ideas
11:15 PM - Bed time! 
All in all, I enjoyed my first day of 11th grade! 

That's it! Thanks a TON for reading! Do you have school where you live? Or is it summer? Comment below!

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-Kavya :)

"Happiness is a journey, not a destination" 


Monday, 3 June 2013

Look into my Life & Peek into my Planner: Introductions :)

Hello! Hope you're having a nice day! I know I haven't done a school post in a while but I will after my next post! 
This will be a 2-in-1 introduction, so let's just get to the point! :)

Series Scoop #1:
  • Name: Look into my Life
  • When: Whenever but I'll mostly do these posts on occasions or particular days.
  • What:  A timeline of my day from when I wake up to when I go to sleep! (I might include some pictures too)
  • Why: You might be wondering - how in the world is this related to organization/school? Well, these posts will show you how I organize my time you know, time management!
Series Scoop #2:
  • Name: Peek into my Planner
  • What: A picture of my planner for a week showing you how I organized it for that week!
  • When: Whenever! I was planning to do this each week but then I thought it might be repetitive and/or I may not have a lot of work every week, so it would be pointless to show you blank pages, right?
  • Why: I could tell you different ways to organize your planner (which I haven't done yet, but will in the coming month or so!) but actually maintaining a planner is a totally different thing! So, I hope these posts will maybe motivate or inspire you to maintain yours! 
What are your thoughts on these 2 series? Feel free to leave a comment below! I'm really excited for them!

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-Kavya :)
"The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed." - Sebastian Chamfort


Sunday, 2 June 2013

UPDATE! 11th grade, Back-to-school?! :) *please read*

Hello! :)
As you can tell by the title, this post is an update - not about a new back-to-school series but about me going back-to-school, starting June 3rd. You might be asking well, why are you going back to school now? It's because I'm from India! Here, the school year is generally from June-March which means that I was on summer vacation the past 2 months! As I am typing this it is my last day of summer vacation! :( 

I will be starting 11th grade and here in India, this is when you can choose your classes. Until now, you just have to study everything (you do have a choice in languages though) but even this choice cannot be anything. You have to choose from 3 "core groups":
-Arts (typically Social Studies/Language related topics)
-Commerce (topics like Economics, Business studies, Accountancy, etc)
-Science (Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc)

The 3rd one is definitely the most chosen group and I have chosen that too. Now in these "groups", you choose "streams", which are basically combinations of subjects (3 or 4). For example, science students' main choice is PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Math) or PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology). If it is 4 subjects, it will be PCM + Biology/Computer Science/Psychology/etc. (depending on what your school offers). Also, there are 3 syllabi (ICSE, CBSE or the respective state's). Depending on which one you are in, you may/may not have a second language (along with English, which I also have). I have been and will continue to be studying in the CBSE syllabus.

I have chosen PCMB which is definitely the toughest "stream". I start school tomorrow and am both nervous and excited! For the first week, I have school for a half day otherwise I will have school for 9 hours a day, Monday to Saturday (yes, Saturday - most schools in India that I know of have school on Saturday typically for high school students, not really for other grade students) so I will be pretty busy at least by the end of June. So, I will most probably post 2 times a week! (if I can post more, I will!)

That's all! Thanks a TON for reading this extremely long post! I hope you now know a little more about me! Feel free to leave any requests in the comment section below! I'll do my best to do them!

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-Kavya :)
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi