How to Organize in High School

High school can be a stressful time for those who aren’t prepared. Luckily, it’s super easy to learn the ropes when you know what to do. Here are my top tips for how to get your life together in school!

High school can be a stressful time for those who aren’t prepared. Luckily, it’s super easy to get a handle on what to expect in high school so you can become a pro at having everything together (academically and socially). These suggestions aren’t only for high school students, and they can be utilized in college as well. Here are my top tips for how to get your life together in school!

1. Organize, Organize, Organize

Organization is KEY in high school. You have to have a system in place on how you are going to keep track of assignments and projects that are due, and what you are able to take home or recycle. You can have a laptop computer, or you can go old school and have everything on pencil and paper. Personally, I prefer the laptop method, but the pencil and paper method is convenient when you know how to use it. When using the pencil and paper method, I recommend having several 1” or 2” notebooks. You can use one for each class, and have a folder of items that are due, and a folder of graded assignments. When using the laptop method, I recommend using OneNote to keep track of everything. You can create different folders, and move worksheets around so that they can stay where you need them to be. I only recommend this method if your school allows it, though. Organizing your locker can also help exponentially. You can read my post here on How to Organize your Locker.

2. Take Productive Notes

Productive note taking is hard to learn off the cuff, and is something that involves experimentation. My favorite note taking strategy is using different colored pens to write different points, and having a key so that when I go back and study, my notes are captivating but also has different things that I know I either need to study more, or clarify. If I write my notes in a pencil, I will highlight my notes when I am studying. I would like to point out that you SHOULD NOT be writing paragraphs while taking notes. Only write a few important bullet points and try to make them as concise as possible, so you can catch everything said in the lecture in your head. ONLY write the most important parts.

3. Ask for Help

Don’t hesitate to ask your teachers for help or clarification on anything. They will help you, and it will make all the difference. Whenever I didn’t understand something that was explained, I asked my teachers. They would always re-explain something and so that I would understand it, rather than making a general explanation for everyone.

4. Socialize

Having a group of friends to talk to can actually help your grades and your mental health. You can study with your friends, and you can have fun with them outside of school and inside of school. In high school and college, the friends you make might also be the friends that you keep in touch with for the rest of your life, so don’t let this opportunity to socialize and meet that best friend, because now is the prime time to get to know them.

5. Do your Work Ahead of Time

If you have a school assignment that you know is coming up, or a big project due several weeks from now, get. it. done. I can’t stress how much of a difference this makes. Later in the year, you won’t feel like you’re in over your head and drowning in an ocean of homework and tests that you aren’t prepared for. The more you stay on top of your priorities, the more free time you will have to form that bond with your friends, and your grades will likely be better.

That’s all! Hopefully now you have the tools you need to go out and rock high school (or college)! I’m excited for you! As always, I love to hear your feedback, thoughts and input, so please drop me a comment! Let me know how these methods work for you! Don’t forget to check out my post on How to Organize your Locker. Also, be sure to join the Busy and Beaming Community so you never miss a post (and maybe receive a few freebies 🙂 )See you next week!

Keep Smiling,

Summer DIY Projects: Photo Hoop

Before this year, I had never really heard of a photo hoop, but I am happy to say that it is now one of my favorite projects! If you have a free half hour, you can easily jump into this project! Let’s get crafting!

Before this year, I had never really heard of a photo hoop, but I am happy to say that it is now one of my top favorite projects to do. Not only are they super easy and super fun, but they can be used for several purposes. If you have a free half hour, you can easily jump into this project! If you feel like checking out some unique ideas, you should visit my post on Unique Autumn Activities. Let’s get started!

Before this year, I had never really heard of a photo hoop, but I am happy to say that it is now one of my top favorite projects to do. Not only are they super easy and super fun, but they can be used for several purposes. If you have a free half hour, you can easily jump into this project! You can also have it as a room decoration with pictures of friends and/or yourself. The original photo hoop had pictures of my friends on it, but to protect their privacy, i’ve replaced them with pictures of my own. Enjoy the post!

Materials:

  • Metal hoop or embroidery hoop. Size may vary
  • Stiff Ribbon (I used gold ribbon)
  • Mesh ribbon (optional, for hanging)
  • Several small pictures
  • hot glue/hot glue gun
  • cardboard (for hot gluing)
  • Scissors
  • dried or artificial flowers (for optional decoration)

Hopefully you already have a hot glue gun and cardboard in your home. If you don’t already have photos printed out, I recommend going to your local photo print shop or Walgreens to get them printed for minimal cost. I also recommend an HP Sprocket Printer for small photos for a photo wall, bulletin board or other projects. You can find them here. (This is not an affiliate link).

Step #1

After you’ve gathered your supplies, starting the project is easy. First, measure out your ribbon with a ruler to find where you would like it to fall on your hoop. Then use your hot glue gun to attach one side of the ribbon to the hoop. Wait for the glue to dry, then fold the ribbon over the hoop and hot glue the other side. Cut any excess ribbon with scissors.

Step #2

Lay out your photos, but DO NOT glue them on yet. Organize them into a pattern that you love and looks aesthetically pleasing. You can either lay them out completely throughout the hoop, or you can leave a place for a quote card. One pattern that I like is alternating between horizontal and vertical photos. Square pictures also add a bit of flare with the photo hoop.

Step #3

Glue your photos on to your ribbon strips. Add a small spot of glue in the middle of the picture, and place it on to your ribbon. Hold for 5 seconds to ensure that the photo stays still and does not move. You can also mount the photo on a piece of colored card stock paper before gluing it on for added effect.

Step #4

Place your dried, pressed or faux flowers onto your hoop. Hot glue small sections of leaves or step onto the hoop. Be cautious as to how much glue you use because it is easy to overdo it and have globs of hot glue stuck to your project. To make dried flowers, simply cut stemmed sections of a flower from a bigger plant. Hang the plant upside down to dry for several days. If it is completely dry, it is perfect to use. If some moisture is still there, continue waiting. To press flowers, place them in the middle of a heavy book and close the book over them. Stack a few books on top for added weight. While drying or pressing flowers is cheaper, buying small faux flowers is more time convenient.

Step #5

This step is optional and is dependent on what you are planning on using a photo hoop for. If you are planning on hanging the photo hoop, this step is important. You will need to loop your mesh ribbon around the photo hoop and hot glue a short section of your hoop to the ribbon. Make sure that the hot glued section of the ribbon is even between the two ends. Secure the two ends by either hot gluing or tying, so it can be looped around a nail or hook. I might also recommend hot gluing the tied part of the hanger to the hoop instead of hot gluing the middle section. This depends on the type of look you are trying to achieve.

There you have it! I hope you enjoy your new decoration. I would love to know what kinds of projects you all are using this for, so feel free to comment! as always, I love to hear your input and feedback! Remember to stay save and have fun!

Keep Smiling,

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