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Quote of the Day for Students


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Luck is not chance, itís toil. Fortuneís expensive smile is earned."

- Emily Dickinson, American poet


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

"Parkinsonís Law: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."

- C. Northcote Parkinson, British historian and author


Monday, April 24, 2017

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

- Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States


Sunday, April 23, 2017

"If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right."

- Henry Ford, American industrialist


Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Perseverance: The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail."

- Napoleon Hill, American author


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Study Tips: How to get the most from StudyMinder

The StudyMinder Homework System can help you develop your study skills, get organized and improve your grades.

Use these study strategies to design your own personal study program. And then follow it every day.


Keep your assignment notes together

Make one section of your school notebook for new assignments. Label it "Assignments". While in class, write down new assignments and upcoming tests in the Assignments section of your notebook.

When you come home from school, you won't have to search through all of your class notes to find new assignments. They will all be listed together in the same place. This prevents you from forgetting about tests or misplacing assignments.

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Enter new homework assignments first

Use StudyMinder as your homework organizer. Before you do anything else, enter your new homework assignments into StudyMinder. Good study skills won't help you if you forget about assignments! Once new assignments are entered, you'll see exactly how much studying you have to do, and you can plan your time to get it all done.

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Make accurate study time estimates

With StudyMinder, you estimate how much time it will take you to complete each assignment and prepare for each test. Then StudyMinder shows you the total time you'll need to study to complete all of your assignments. The better your estimates, the better you can plan your time.

If you are not sure, it's better to estimate too high than too low. That way you'll give yourself plenty of time, just in case you need it. And you'll probably get done sooner than you thought.

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Schedule time to study

You can use StudyMinder's Events Mode to schedule your study time. StudyMinder will let you know if you have not scheduled enough time to finish all of your assignments. You can also make use of the recurring events feature and schedule your study time for the same time every day. That will help you establish a study routine and build good study habits.

Update the status when you're done with an assignment. This will help you see your progress in completing the day's homework.

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Keep an eye on big assignments

In Homework Mode, StudyMinder shows you the total time required to finish each day's assignments. But if you only look at tomorrow, you may forget about big assignments coming up. Check Today's Reminders. It will recommend how much time you should study today. This amount takes into consideration all upcoming assignments.

Each assignment in StudyMnder has a Notes section you can use to add reminders and comments. For big assignments, enter notes about what you have completed so far. And remember to add your Study Sessions even when the entire assignment is not done.

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Enter your grades

StudyMinder lets you enter the grades you receive for each test and assignment. When you get an assignment back, add your grade to StudyMinder. You can see your current grade average in the GPA menu.

By going back and reviewing your grades, you'll be able to see where you need to concentrate your homework efforts.

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Be honest with yourself

StudyMinder is your personal tool to stay organized and do your best. Use it as a homework diary. The more accurate the information you give StudyMinder, the more it will help you.

  • Make sure to add all your assignments
  • Give your best estimate for each assignment's completion time
  • Enter the true amount of time you study for each assignment
  • Add your grades for each assignment

You'll soon have a lot of information about which classes are the most difficult, where you need to focus your efforts and how much time you really need to study to get the best grades.

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Additional Tips


Get help when you need it

Don't guess if you are not sure about something. Ask your teachers, parents and classmates if you can't figure something out. There are also lots of Internet sites where you might be able to find the answers.

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Do your hardest assignments first

StudyMinder lets you set the difficulty of each assignment when you enter it. Take a look at your assignment list and get the hardest assignments done first.

There are many reasons to do the hardest first.

  • You are less tired.
  • If you need help, you still have time to ask your parents, call a friend or do research on the Internet.
  • Best of all, you can look forward to having the easier, and more fun assignments to work on later.

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Get your homework done early

You'll enjoy the rest of your day much more when your homework is finished. And by doing homework before other things, you'll still have plenty of time to finish even if your study estimates turn out to be wrong.

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Study every day

Even if you don't have assignments due tomorrow, you probably have one or two big assignments or tests to study for. An important aspect of good study skills is to work on the big assignments when you have a chance. Get started now. You'll do much better when you are not working under deadline pressure.

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Avoid distractions

Most people do best when they have a quiet place to study. Turn off the things that will interrupt you: the television, video games and online chat.

Some people can concentrate with music, others can't. If you can't, then turn it off. Wait until your homework is done, when you can fully enjoy your favorite music.

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Be consistent - the key good study skills

Try to do your homework at around the same time each day. It's natural to want to take a break after school, but don't put off your homework too long. The longer you wait, the harder it is to get started.

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Stay focused and work hard

It's best to concentrate on your studies and work non-stop. If you estimate that it will take you 30 minutes to complete an assignment, that should mean 30 minutes of continuous working. If half your time is working and half is doing other things, then it will take twice as long. And you won't be doing your best work.

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Try to like what you're doing

Make it a point to try and find something that you like about every class, and the tests and homework you receive from your teachers.

Most students dislike math. But even with math, there must be something that you can find that you like about it. Modern society would not exist without math. Especially things like television, video games and digital music. If your teacher and your text book are not enough, do some research of your own on the Internet to find an area of the subject that interests you.

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Enjoy the challenge

Do mountain climbers really like all the hard climbing? Maybe, but the key is that they love the challenge. The bigger the challenge, the harder they work. In fact, if mountain climbing were easy, they would find something else to do.

You can be that way too. Enjoy the challenge of each test and assignment. Feel proud of yourself for working hard, developing your study skills and striving to do your best.

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