Sunday, October 31, 2010

Five Motivation Tips for Students for Enjoying Home Work | Pathways World School

Hey kids, need some perspective for doing your homework? We understand sometimes we need a little push when it comes to “Home Work”. We will give you some inspirational tips which will get you through the time when you feel home work is futile. The problems which we talk about here are discussed and submitted by real life students.

Motivation Tip 1: Get Perspective!

When you start feeling like homework is a drag, it might help to start thinking about the reason you’re doing homework in the first place. The work you do now really is important, even though it’s probably hard to see sometimes. In truth, your nightly homework is really work that will form the foundation for your future. Right now you are probably being forced to study topics that don’t interest you at all. It may seem cruel and unfair now, but it’s really an important and necessary “evil.”
Why? Because a strong foundation must include a good mix of ingredients. You see, you may not believe that you’ll need your algebra skills later in life, but algebra sets the stage for understanding principles of science, economics, and business.
It’s the same for English homework. You’ll need those skills desperately in college, and you’ll certainly need them to succeed in the world.

Motivation Tip 2: Get an Attitude!

Are you a math whiz? A great writer? Are you artistic—or maybe good at solving puzzles?
Most students have a special talent in one particular area, so they enjoy doing homework in that topic. The problem comes when they avoid doing the other stuff. Sound familiar?
The good news is that you don’t need to love everything. Just pick one area you love and become the self-appointed expert in your school. Get a serious attitude!
Think of yourself as the very best at that one topic, and then make it a reality. For inspiration, you can create a web site or perhaps a series of podcasts about your topic. Become a star!
Once you become the expert in your field, you will gain confidence in yourself and become more tolerant of the topics you don’t enjoy so much. You’ll start thinking of all your least favorite topics as “supporting” actors in your quest for a career in the area you love.

Motivation Tip 3: Get Competitive!

This problem could be real or imagined. Either way, this problem is the best kind! If you have a competitive spirit, you can have a lot of fun with this one.
If you think you’re at a disadvantage to other students, you can turn things around by getting a competitive attitude.
Think of every project as a challenge and set out to do your assignment better than anybody else. Try to surprise everyone—including the teacher—by doing outstanding work.
If you feel like you are part of a misfit crowd, then it might help to team up with a friend or two. Put your heads together and plot to outdo the popular crowd. You’ll find that this can be very inspiring!

Motivation Tip 4: Get Your Eye on the Prize!

If you get bored just thinking about homework, then you may need to focus on setting and reaching goals.
For instance, if you are having trouble getting started on a big science project, then divide your project into steps. Then, reward yourself each time you finish a step successfully. Your first step could be library research.
Set a time line for visiting the library and completing your research. Think of a good way to reward yourself, like a frothy iced coffee drink or another favorite treat. Then focus on the prize and make it happen!
Your parents will probably support you in this endeavor. Just ask!
There are many variations to the “eye on the prize” system. You may want to create a dream box or a bulletin board with pictures of big prizes, like the college of your dreams. Fill the box or board with the objects of your dreams and make a habit of looking at them often.
In other words, keep your eyes on those prizes!

Motivation Tip 5: Get Support!

It’s unfortunate but true that some students don’t receive much encouragement or support when it comes to school work. Some students don’t have any encouragement from family or don’t even have any family at all.But that doesn’t mean nobody cares.
There are lots of people who care very much that you succeed in school. Just think about it—this web site wouldn’t exist if somebody didn’t want you to succeed.
There are many people who care. People in your school have a big stake in your success. They are judged on your performance. If you don’t do well, they don’t do well.
Adults from all walks of life are concerned about education and the plight of students just like you. The state of education is a big topic of discussion and debate among adults. If you feel like you don’t get support at home, then find an education forum and talk about it.
You’ll find that there are lots of people who are interested and willing to cheer you on!

These great tips are compiled by Grace Fleming. Grace has worked with students for many years as a college adviser and admission counselor. She currently works at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, where she teaches courses such as Strategies for Success and University 101.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Nursery School Woes | What Parents Should Realize | Pathways World School

It is a proud moment for a parent as they eagerly wait for their toddlers to be big enough and join nursery school. There the child gets to meet other toddlers, intermingle with other adults and start their student life taking a small step. But with the proud feeling there is also a tinge of sadness attached. The kid whom the parent has so closely loved and protected has to manage a few hour routine in the school all by himself.

It is obvious that all parents wants to make this conversion as smooth as possible, but a little part of them does not want this to happen at all. But as long as they are prepared to take the necessary steps to make the life of the children easier in the home-nursery period, everything is going to be fine. It is a important step for a parent to talk to the child about the nursery school, what should they look forward to etc. It is also important to greet the child at the door after they are done for the day, the child really looks forward for it.

The first days usually goes uneventful, but then towards the time when the week ends and the child gets more exhausted with the new routine realizing that this is going to happen every day, outburst and tantrums could begin. But even if the child does a whole crying session first thing in the morning before going to school, after reaching he/she is going to forget it all and will be happily playing with other children. This has been confirmed to me by many nursery school teachers and assistants alike, ‘they’ll be fine when you’ve gone’, and usually they are. Still, it is not easy for the parent to leave a crying child in the hands of others.

A parent has to realize that they have to be wise and a little stern in these hard transition days. But at the same time the child should not be pressurized and always told to take it easy. Pathways understand s this particular woe of the parents and the child as well and thus provides a comfortable and safe environment for the child in the school.

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