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Five Life Hacks To Get Better Grades In High School  February 4, 2016 – 01:57 pm

Five Life Hacks To Get Better Grades In High SchoolHigh School is three things: it’s crazy critical, it’s crazy challenging and it’s just plain crazy.

Imagine. You’d have to learn languages you might never use in everyday life (like Spanish and the special language of catenaries and parabolas), understand what a vector and trajectory is, find out what oxygen looks like, becoming acquainted with Statistics, write essays, biographies, and heaps and heaps of lengthy single-spaced research papers, dissect an innocent bullfrog, and figure out what degree to get in college. All this while trying to get the hang of puberty, belonging to a clique, getting invited to the party where the cool people go, learning independence, saving money for a date, having a part time job and getting asked to prom by your crush.

It can be simultaneously astonishing and a tad bit overwhelming. Frankly, you need all the help you can get. So, if you’re in high school, here are a few life hacks – no, let’s call them lifesavers – that can turn those youthful six years from average to awesome.

Remember Pomodoro.

The Pomodoro technique, developed by Francesco Cirilio back in the 1980’s, is a simple time management strategy that, enhances focus and flow.Force is Mass times Acceleration. The stages of planning, tracking, recording, processing and visualizing are simplified in three simple steps: Write your To-do List, work on the your tasks in 25-minute intervals, take 3-5 minute breaks between the intervals and take about 20 minutes on your fourth break. I swear, master this technique and your syudying will improve greatly.

Rescue time with RescueTime.

If you’ve been living under a rock, RescueTime is an app that monitors users’ computer activities and measures how productive you’ve really been. It’s easy to stay on the computer and say you’re doing something. One minute you’re studying for an exam or working on a Napoleon Bonaparte paper, the next thing you know, you check your and you're Googling"White and Gold?". Knowing that someone or something ­– is continuously checking on you helps you be more responsible in front of the monitor.

This is a law of the universe. Force is a vector, and vector has magnitude and direction. So, if you wish to accelerate whatever your goal may be, the intensity of your efforts (the magnitude) and the things you put your efforts into (the direction) will matter big time. High School can be a pain. It can be stressful, but if you know why you’re doing what you’re doing, remember F=ma.Multiply big numbers in your head like a pro. Focus brings success.

This takes some practice but getting used to it brings immeasurable rewards. To get the product of say two numbers, subtract both numbers from 100. Add the differences and then subtract the sum from 100. This will be your first two digits. Next, go back to the differences and multiply them. If you get a two-digit number, those are your last two digits. If you get a three or more digit number, the ones and tens will be the last two digits of the answer. Add the numbers in the hundreds, thousands, etc. to your first two digits. It’s confusing at first, I know, but check the meme, learn this method and you'll save boat loads of time.

Have someone edit your papers.

So you were given a six-page single-spaced one-inch margin paper defending the tax reform bills passed by this audacious king from the 15th century. You think to yourself "This really doesn't matter" but in reality every paper you write provides an opportunity to grow the invaluable skill of 'essay writing'. To enhance this skill, it's pivotal you have someone review your work. Self- editing is important but should be the very last step in your essay development process. When someone edits your work before you do the 'final edit', you can see the changes they made and learn to grow your writing style and also some valuable grammar techniques which will prove useful in every level of education.


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