By following these ten steps, you will become a more efficient note taker and this will help improve your overall study skills. With good note taking skills, better grades are just around the corner. 1. If possible, sit near the front and center of the class. You will be less likely to become distracted and will probably find staying focused easier. 2. Use a binder instead of a traditional notebook. This way you can add, rearrange, or rewrite pages of your notes, insert handouts and assessments in the appropriate chronological order and review the material covered in the chapter/unit much easier. 3. Put headings and the date on all papers. Organize them chronologically in your binder. 4. Take notes on loose-leaf paper and keep them organized in a three-ring binder. Make sure that you hole punch and add all of the handouts, assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. to your binder. It usually is best if everything for the entire chapter/unit is kept in chronological order in your binder. 5. Think about what is being said before you write anything down. Do not write down everything the teacher says. Pick out important phrases, terms, and concepts to focus on.

6. Record any examples the teacher may give while lecturing. Examples are extremely important in creating connections in your brain and in helping to jog your memory while studying. 7. Look for cues that teachers give to indicate that something is important. For instance, they may repeat something a few times, change the volume or tone of their voice, write it on the board or overhead, and/or creates lists for you. Be sure to ask them to repeat what they have just said if you miss the initial cue but later realize that you should be writing the material down. 8. Leave some space between portions of your notes so you can make additional comments as you study or read the text. 9. Re-write or even re-TYPE your notes. Not only will your notes be much more organized and make studying easier, but the practice of re-writing notes gives you another opportunity to think about the material as you write or type it again. Make sure that you re- write them in a timely manner. The more time that passes between taking the original notes and re-writing them, the less effective this strategy is. 10. Review these notes often. The more times you see them, the easier it is to commit them to memory and the less time you will spend studying them prior to the test. All tutors are screened, qualified and ready to help your child get better grades! Scott Palat graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Health and Physical Education degree. See what online tutoring with voice is all about. Our private tutors will help you get better grades and this is a guarantee. View a demonstration right now.

Actually, the interpretations of the data do take this parental bias into account. They suggest that in Republican counties, the 4th of July celebrations tend to be more political. Interestingly, they also suggest that people with children are more inclined to attend 4th of July celebrations, perhaps because of an innate sense of their parental responsibility in making their children into good citizens. In his article on July 3 for the L.A. Times, Andrew Malcolm suggests that parents would perhaps be shocked to know they are also indoctrinating their children into a particular political party paradigm. Are Republicans More Patriotic? Neither the original study nor Malcom’s article attacks the elephant in the room, “Why would patriotism be more Republican than Democrat?” I grew up in a “blue” state with one parent who voted Republican and another who voted Democrat. Electric cars, nuclear energy and saving the forests are issues dear to my heart.

So is helping the poor in America and abroad. I’ve adopted two children from China and seen first hand the problems of overpopulation, but I also want to stop abortions in this country and open people up to the possibility of adoption. I’m liberal economically but conservative socially. What Does it Mean to be a Good American? I usually vote Republican, but I think Barack Obama is a good man who really wanted to do the right thing. I liked President Bush because he did not take himself too seriously and I think he also wanted to do the right thing. However, I’m not sure either of them has made the best decisions on the economy, the wars, or our national deficit. Choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? That is another can of worms altogether. I had to think back. Did I attend 4th of July celebrations as a kid? Mostly, I didn’t. We did have fireworks, but because of the fire hazard in the California county where I grew up, we spent most of the celebration wondering how many fire trucks would be required to put out the fires.

However, when I was 17, my family was vacationing in Deer Isle Maine on the 4th of July. We were delighted to watch a “real” 4th of July parade there, complete with an antique fire truck, decorated bikes and babies with flags. It seemed a magical moment with a kind of simple national pride I didn’t remember experiencing when I grew up. My family talked about that fifteen-minute parade for years afterwards as one of the highlights of that vacation. When I got married, we moved to Florida and celebrated our first 4th of July with people in my husband’s lab, most of whom were scientists from other countries. It was July 4, 1994, so it wasn’t too long after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. The Russian scientist and his family that came to our 4th of July were some of the first Russians I had ever met.

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