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10 Study Skills that Really Matter!

Effective study and lifestyle habits are the real factor in academic success, most often superseding economic, intellectual, or age factors.

Personally, I had to learn how to study effectively because I was not taught or required to study as a child. This list of recommendations is for everyone, young and old. It is based on my personal experiences as a student, teacher, caregiver, mother and grandmother.

1. KNOW YOUR WEAKNESSES– This is the first step to deciding your study strategies. Everyone has some challenges with studying. Most students have multiple challenges. Knowing your weaknesses and admitting them is the first step to getting your study habits into ship-shape so you don’t waste a single minute of your precious personal time studying in ineffective circles that not only rob you of fun, but also rob you of the best grades and opportunities that you deserve. By eliminating your time wasters and over-confidence when you actually need to increase study time, you will actually have better grades, more energy and have more time for the people and activities you love without those nagging feelings haunting you.

2. IF YOU TEND TO PROCRASTINATE– Set up a plan to reward yourself with personal time and activities only after you have finished your work or have studied enough to have a good command of materials. Study your most challenging subjects first when you have the most energy. Save easy study tasks like making flash cards last when you don’t need to think as deeply. Isn’t it interesting how it can be very difficult to study effectively at night when we are tired but we are never too tired to talk to our friends! Use this fact to your advantage.

3. IF YOU ARE EASILY DISTRACTED– Create a private, comfortable and well-lit space with no distractions. Use earplugs or headphones if needed to reduce environmental distractions. Turn off any computer or phone notifications while studying. Notify your parents and friends when you are studying and tell them that you will return their calls/texts or requests when you are finished. Give yourself a 15-minute reward for personal/free time at the end of every hour of non-stop, focused studying. Make sure you get up and move around during this free time to bring the blood back into your brain that tends to become lodged in the bottom after sitting for long periods of time. (A walk around the block during study breaks can do wonders to energize you and increase your memory.)

4. WRITE CLEAR & DETAILED NOTES WHILE YOU ARE IN CLASS & STUDYING & ENSURE YOU HAVE WRITTEN EVERYTHING DOWN NECESSARY –Do not fall into the “I will remember this” pattern. Back-tracking and searching for information later can be a huge time and energy waster! Tools such as highlighting, side notes on the page and colorful tabs can save time later on.

5. WRITE A STUDY LIST EVERY DAY & BREAK DOWN ASSIGNMENTS INTO SMALL, MANAGEABLE TASKS – Do this right after school or first thing in the morning on non-school days. – This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and prevent you from knowing where to begin. It also makes it easier to check off your priority list and block study sessions which increase the feeling and awareness of your real progress. If you tend to overlook and forget your assignments, check with your instructor after every class to make sure you have all assignments and notes down correctly and thoroughly.

6. ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO STUDY IN YOUR BAG OR BACKPACK – Choose the items you are most challenged with so you can study whenever you can. Flash cards or reading assignments are the easiest things to have handy. Make a copy of a complex reading assignment and have in your bag to read and highlight. Whenever you have an unexpected delay or free moment, pull out your studies instead of your phone and you will have more free time to communicate with friends without stress at the end of the day!

7. ENSURE MAXIMUM COMPREHENSION OF ALL MATERIAL BY USING EFFICIENT TOOLS WHILE YOU READ– Before you read anything, understand, read or write down what it is you are supposed to know from reading the passage or chapter. Read the questions however, not the answer choices! Then as you read the first time, highlight any key points that fit your comprehension goals. If you are not able to highlight, write notes as you read, noting the paragraph or page number. If possible, copy the passage and highlight that. Next, re-read the questions and read the passage again, but this time as you read, write notes on what you think the answers or main points are to the assignment. Then go to the questions and see if any match your understanding of the material. If you need to write an essay, you will then have the best notes possible to create your outline!

8. DO NOT SKIP ANY STEPS OR QUESTIONS & UTILIZE ALL AVAILABLE STUDY RESOURCES UNTIL YOU KNOW A SUBJECT INSIDE AND OUTUnless you are repeating information with an “A” mastery level; not just until you think you have it. Mastery comes from repeating exercises, quizzing, re-reading, re-writing and explaining the subject to others. Much of the frustration of studying comes from the missing pieces of information we pretend we know or don’t need. Then we cannot operate with all of our potential and often struggle unnecessarily. Study resources include materials in all media forms such as audio, visual, study groups, tutors and whatever resources the instructor has recommended. Using all of your senses is extremely important, especially if you are challenged with a subject. The more senses that experience the information you are learning, the deeper the knowledge will go and the less likely you are to forget it because you have it understood in a multitude of layers. Remember that the most effective way to comprehend and remember material is to discuss it with others; hence the study group.

9. BE AT YOUR BEST BY ENSURING YOUR SLEEP, EXERCISE & NUTRITION NEEDS ARE BEING MET – Exercising daily will increase your memory, energize you, keep your immune system strong and prevent insomnia. Getting the right amount of sleep (about 8 hours/night) will also ensure you can think clearly while you are in class, studying and testing. Energy drinks, coffee, tea and/or drugs in the place of sleep, exercise or nourishing meals wear down your immune system, increase insomnia and fatigue, leaving you with less energy and more health problems in the long run. Contrary to popular thought, if you eat snacks with less sugar and/or carbohydrates and instead eat snacks with protein rich snacks, you will have more lasting energy and increased brain functions without experiencing the “carb-crash” which can affect your ability to study properly. A bag of nuts, sunflower seeds, dried fruit or jerky are great things to have on hand at all times.

10. RE-ASSESS YOUR STUDY HABITS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AFTER EVERY TESTING OR GRADING PERIOD – Set yourself up for success, not for failure. It often takes about 1 ½ semesters to adopt effective study habits that become natural. Commit to your study plan if it is working but re-tool it if it is not. Ask your instructor how much you should be studying each day for each class and arrange your schedule around honesty about how much you need to study instead of denial about how much you need to study. Eliminate any extra activities until you are achieving the grades and knowledge mastery you desire. Remember that exercise, sleep, eating properly and an allotted amount of personal time to enjoy life are not extra-curricular activities but necessary for your health, well-being and good grades!

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Personal & Home Hygiene Guide

This Personal & Home Hygiene Guide is for anyone who may need a little more encouragement to ensure they are maintaining a healthy environment. Feel free to copy and print as needed.

 

Personal & Home Hygiene Guide

  • Proper Personal and Home Hygiene is not only good for our health, it also helps others be more comfortable around us, especially in a public or work environment. Proper hygiene helps reduce illness, infection and the spread of disease. Neglect of personal hygiene can interfere with our lives in ways we may not even be aware of. Please review the points below to ensure you are following the best practices for personal and home hygiene.
  • Bathe– At least 2-3 times a week. Take care to clean all of the cracks with soapy water: behind the ears, inside ears, under arms, between toes and entire genital area & anus. The body is continually sloughing off dead skin. Moisture can linger in those cracks, giving bacteria the perfect warm, wet environment to grow. Any foul odor usually signals bacteria. A good soap and water cleaning and drying should eliminate odor. If odor persists after proper, regular cleaning, consult a physician.
  • Wash hair at least every two to three days and ensure hair is combed out because matted hair can house small insects like fleas and lice.
  • Trim your nails. Keeping your finger and toenails trimmed and in good shape will prevent problems such as hang nails and infected nail beds. Feet that are clean and dry are less likely to contract athlete’s foot.
  • Brush and floss. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal. At the very least, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily. Brushing minimizes the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Flossing, too, helps maintain strong, healthy gums. The bacteria that builds up, causing gum disease can go straight to the heart and cause very serious valve problems. Unhealthy gums also can cause your teeth to loosen, which makes it difficult to chew and to eat properly, he adds. To maintain healthy teeth, visit the dentist every six-months for checkups and cleanings.
  • Wash your hands. Washing your hands before preparing or eating food, after going to the bathroom, after coughing or sneezing, and after handling garbage, goes a long way toward preventing the spread of bacteria and viruses. Keep a hygiene product, like an alcohol-based sanitizing gel, handy for when soap and water isn’t available. If you have an open cut or area of broken skin on your hands, clean and cover with a band-aid and/or use rubber or latex gloves to protect yourself and others when cleaning or when preparing food.
  • When using the bathroom if you have trouble cleaning thoroughly after a bowel movement, you can use wet wipes to make sure you have cleaned entire area thoroughly. Again, any foul odors signal the presence of bacteria that can lead to infections and spread bacteria to others.
  • Wash towels, wash cloths, clothing & bedding regularly. Towels (in kitchen and bath), wash cloths, sheets & clothing should be washed at least once a week. Socks and underwear should be changed with clean pairs daily. Blankets should be cleaned every six months or sooner if stains or smells are noticeable.
  • Shampoo carpets regularly. Ideally, carpets should be shampooed every six months if there are children or animals present and every year for general cleaning to prevent bacteria, odor and/or insects or bugs from getting too comfortable.
  • Mop floors & clean toilet and sink areas. This should be done once a week or more frequently as needed. When cleaning toilet, remember to clean outside of toilet and floor around toilet. If there is ever a urine smell present, cleaning is needed with an anti-bacterial cleaner (bleach or ammonia or disinfectants). *Never use bleach and ammonia products together because the chemical reaction can create a poisonous gas.
  • Keep all countertop areas and surfaces clean & corners free from clutter. All surfaces where food is prepared and/or served should be wiped down thoroughly every day. Take care to store food items in sealed containers to prevent the attraction of bugs and rodents. Put any lose particle of food in trash immediately as well.
  • Remove household trash from inside home to an outside, sealed area. This should be done at least every few days or daily if there is highly odorous food like meats and fish. These foods in the trash will attract flies if not removed from inside the house on a daily basis.
  • Sleep tight. Get plenty of rest — 8 to 10 hours a night — so that you are refreshed and are ready to take on the day every morning. Lack of sleep can leave you feeling run down and can compromise your body’s natural defenses, your immune system.
  • Get sunlight, fresh air & exercise every day. Exercise keeps the immune system strong, muscles toned and organs supplied with oxygen. Sunshine also strengthens the immune system and the bones and helps regulate sleep cycles.
  • Open blinds & curtains to let natural light into your home. Certain bugs and dust mites can only live in a dark environment so letting the sun and natural light in is not only good for your brain, it is good for your home health too!
  • Eat a variety of fresh foods. Fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains support organ and digestive health and strengthen immune systems. A healthy body will reduce health challenges.

If you have any additions or suggestions for improving this list, please comment below. I will be using it for an independent living program for people with mild disabilities. It is based on my experiences in the areas where the needs for proper hygiene are the greatest and because I could not find a resource like this anywhere. I will be happy to provide a PDF if you request it.   Granny Pants

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H1N1 PREVENTIVE PROPOGANDA – PASS IT ON!

This is the last time I will mention H1N1 in this blogpost.

Getting your attention is what I wanted.        

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Like all of the profiteers

I want YOU to absorb my suggestions

and reap their physiological benefits!

You can’t tell me your mouth isn’t watering for that juicy orange or lemon right now!

(No, I don’t own any shares in citrus crops.)

If your mouth is watering right now, you have just proven what I am about to share with you!

The propoganda that follows is from me to you and nothing in-between. It is from a grandmother and former stress management teacher that has studied, trained, and proved over and over that these strategies really do work to boost a person’s immune system. 

Some of this information may seem radical, but isn’t it even more radical to over-medicate entire populations? Overmedicating is a radical practice that has produced frequent deaths due to overdoses as well as the multitude of other pharmaceutical related ills we are facing in the U.S. today.

THE UNFORTUNATE FACTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW:

  • FEAR REDUCES IMMUNE RESISTANCE
  • THE ACT OF BEING STRESSED ALSO REDUCES IMMUNE RESISTANCE BECAUSE BEING AFRAID AND/OR STRESSED-OUT NEGATIVELY EFFECTS EVERY SYSTEM AND CELL OF THE BODY
  • CUMULATIVE NEGATIVE SUGGESTIONS USING MULTI-SENSORY MODALITIES SHAPE NEGATIVE PERSPECTIVES, ATTITUDES, AND PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES (like those from TV, Radio, Advertising)
  • INGESTING A HIGH AMOUNT OF FOODS THAT ARE ACID PRODUCING INCREASES A BACTERIA, DISEASE FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT (SUGAR, CARBOHYDRATES, MEAT, ETC.)  6a00d8345194a469e20120a5b1ad09970b
  • LIMITING OPTIONS BY FOCUSING ON 1 SOLUTION ELIMINATES COMPETITION, THEREBY INCREASING PROFITS
  • EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO BE IN CHARGE OF THEIR HEALTH IS NOT PROFITABLE FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL OR MEDICAL INDUSTRIES

THE EMPOWERING FACTS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW:

  • ELIMINATING NEGATIVE SUGGESTIONS FROM AN ENVIRONMENT AND REPLACING THEM WITH POSITIVE SUGGESTIONS CAN BOOST IMMUNE RESISTANCE, INCREASE OVERALL PHYSICAL HEALTH, AND FEELINGS OF WELL-BEING
  • AEROBIC EXERCISE OXYGENATES CELLS. OXYGENATED CELLS ARE STRONGER AND MORE RESISTANT TO DISEASE, BACTERIA, AND VIRUSES    

    Boys on hill

    Boys on hill

  • NATURAL LIGHT, SUNSHINE, FRESH AIR, AND EXERCISE MODULATE BRAIN ACTIVITY, REGULATE HORMONES, AND PRODUCE OTHER POSITIVE PHYSIOLOGICAL RESULTS  (Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey  http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain/dp/0316113506
  • EATING FOODS DAILY THAT INCREASE AN ALKALINE ENVIRONMENT DISCOURAGES THE GROWTH OF BACTERIA (THE HEALTHY FOODS: LEAFY GREEN VEGGIES, A LOT OF LEMON AND LIME, FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN A, C, AND OMEGA 3)
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    leafy greens

  • REST IS THE BEST MEDICINE!!!! WHEN OUTDOOR ACTIVITY, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY,  AND EXERCISE IS INCREASED, SLEEP PATTERNS WILL ALSO IMPROVE, THEREBY IMPROVING IMMUNE SYSTEM STRENGTH
  • ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING! THIS IS WHY MAKING AN ASSESSMENT OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT IS CRUCIAL.  (Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Health-Complete-Revised-Updated/dp/0609806947)

SOME OTHER QUESTIONS AND THOUGHTS TO PONDER:

  •  ARE YOU RECEIVING FEARFUL OR EMPOWERING MESSAGES THROUGHOUT YOUR DAY?
  • ARE YOU SURROUNDED WITH UNHEALTHY OR HEALTHY EATING AND DRINKING CHOICES?
  • WHAT MESSAGES ARE YOUR CHILDREN  RECEIVING EVERY DAY?
  • HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY CORPORATIONS START ADVERTISING THEIR ALLERGY REMEDIES IN THE WINTER TIME OR COLD REMEDIES IN THE FALL?  DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE ROLE OF MEDIA AND ADVERTISING! THEY WOULD NOT SPEND BILLIONS EVERY YEAR ON SHAPING PERCEPTIONS IF IT WASN’T EFFECTIVE IN PRODUCING THE DESIRED RESULTS- INCREASED PROFITS! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_mongering
  • WHEN YOU FEEL A LITTLE UNDER THE WEATHER, WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO?

BASIC IMMUNE SYSTEM STRENGTHENING & PREVENTION STARTS WITH:

  • GET PLENTY OF RESTFUL SLEEP
  • REDUCE NEGATIVE MESSAGES IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT; REPLACE THEM WITH POSITIVE SOURCES LIKE HAPPY PEOPLE, MUSIC, NATURE, AESTHETIC BEAUTY, JOYFUL, REWARDING EXPERIENCES, ETC!
  • PRACTICE STRESS REDUCTION TECHNIQUES http://www.amazon.com/Relaxation-Reduction-Workbook-Harbinger-Self-Help/dp/1572245492/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255288645&sr=8-1
  • ENSURE YOU ARE GETTING ADEQUATE EXERCISE, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, FRESH AIR, AND NATURAL LIGHT EVERYDAY,RAIN OR SHINE, WARM OR COLD!  SUNSHINE IS PREFERRABLE FOR VIT. D (WHICH HAS ALSO BEEN LINKED TO IMMUNE SYSTEMS) 

    The Healing, Preventive Powers of Fresh Air & Sunshine

    The Healing, Preventive Powers of Fresh Air & Sunshine

  • ELIMINATE FEARFUL, NEGATIVE  THOUGHTS ABOUT YOUR LIFE, ESPECIALLY ABOUT GETTING ILL. REPLACE THEM WITH POSITIVE THOUGHTS AND LANGUAGE ABOUT “BEING HEALTHY”, ” STAYING HEALTHY”  (Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra- http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Health-Complete-Revised-Updated/dp/0609806947 )
  • EAT HEALTHY, FRESH FOODS AND STOP OVER-CONSUMPTION OF UNHEALTHY FOODS. (AN EXTRA PREVENTIVE IS ALSO REDUCING OR ELIMINATING THE USE OF MICROWAVE OVENS THAT MAY BE DESTROYING THE NECESSARY NUTRIENTS AND COMPOUNDS THE BODY NEEDS FOR ADEQUATE IMMUNO-RESPONSE.)

All of this seems so basic, yet so many of us go through our days without giving ourselves these basic preventions. Then we end up worn-down and worn-out, making us prey to whatever bacteria is around.

 Whether a person or a parent decides to take a flu shot or an immunization, these preventives to increase overall health are still important to keep the body strong and better prepared for an injection. 

LASTLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY:

THE STRONGEST IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST THAT CAN BE TAKEN AT ANY TIME (IN-BETWEEN MEALS):

Immune Boost "Mother-In-Law Remedy"

Immune Boost "Mother-In-Law Remedy"

THIS AFFORDABLE REMEDY I CALL MY “MOTHER-IN-LAW REMEDY” CAME FROM MY MOTHER-IN-LAW. IT FOLLOWS THE PRINCIPAL OF CREATING AN ALKALINE ENVIRONMENT SO STRONG THAT BACTERIA OR DISEASE HAS NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE. (CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, LEMONS ARE ALKALINE, NOT ACIDIC WHEN THEY ENTER THE BODY.)

DRINK A BIG GLASS 2 TIMES A DAY IF YOU NEED AN EXTRA BOOST OF PROTECTION, PREVENTION, OR DURING AN ILLNESS. IT REALLY WORKS TO PREVENT ILLNESS AND INCREASE RECOVERY.  Yes! IT TASTES TERRIBLE AND SHOULD BE FOLLOWED WITH A PLAIN GLASS OF WATER. (UNFORTUNATELY, I DON’T KNOW HOW A PERSON WOULD GET THEIR CHILDREN TO DRINK THIS, SO PERHAPS A LOT OF LEMON WATER IS BETTER; JUST TAKE CARE TO BRUSH TEETH AFTERWARDS OR USE A STRAW TO PROTECT TEETH ENAMEL WHEN DRINKING THE REMEDY OR A LOT OF LEMON JUICE.)

GRANNY PANTS’  MOTHER-IN-LAW REMEDY:

  • 1/2 A MEDIUM ONION (PEELED)
  • 3 CLOVES OF GARLIC (PEELED)
  • 3 LIMES OR 2 LEMONS (UNPEELED-IF NOT ORGANIC, SCRUB GOOD BEFOREHAND)
  • WATER
  • 1 TBSP. HONEY (OPTIONAL)

PUT ALL INGREDIENTS IN A POWERFUL BLENDER, FILL WITH 2/3 WATER. BLEND UNTIL DRINKABLE. CHUG AT ROOM TEMPERATURE WITH NOSE PLUGGED!!!  CHASE WITH A GLASS OF WATER.

*DO NOT DRINK THIS ON A FULL STOMACH OR JUST BEFORE EATING. IT IS TOO STRONG FOR THAT. UPON WAKING AND JUST BEFORE BEDTIME IS BEST.

THE THING I LOVE ABOUT THIS IMMUNE BOOSTING REMEDY IS THAT IT IS ABSOLUTELY AFFORDABLE FOR ALMOST EVERYONE AND INCLUDES COMMON FOODS THAT HAVE A LONG SHELF LIFE.

GOOD LUCK!  KEEP STRONG! DON’T LET MEDIA HYSTERIA LOWER YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM! TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH!

If you have found this information useful, please PASS IT ON! This is the kind of PROPOGANDA we need to spread around!   PROPOGANDA that supports prevention with the best of intentions!

(This information on Preventive Health is from Chapter 7 in my upcoming book, THE NEW PHYSICS OF CHILDHOOD: Replacing Modern Myths with Simple Strategies. Pre-orders are being taken now @: http://TheNewPhysicsofChildhood.com a project of Chamelea Productions © 2009

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TO YOUR HEALTH!!!

GRANNY PANTS

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