How Do I Stay on Task During the Holidays

Well hello world! It’s me again. As you can tell by the title (titles usually give us what it’s about…), I’ve been receiving a tonne of messages and questions about how I stay productive over the Winter holidays. So, I’ve decided that today I give you some tips and pointers on how I stay productive when I’m out of school on break (on a side note: just because you’re on break doesn’t mean your performance in school has to suffer).

Hope this post helps (fingers crossed) and if you have anymore questions, please ask in the comment section below and if you like, message me on my tumblr blog as well.

Tip #1: Use a Timetable/To-Do List/Agenda

If you’ve read some of my past posts then you know how much I value (and you should too!) planning like a warlord. You need to plan before hand and what you need to execute.

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Here I just made a to-do list for all of my classes. Now, I don’t mean you need to be ahead till you’re practically done the class, since that is just ridiculous and not worth your time, however reading some material ahead can be very beneficial remember not to over due it since you have other priorities or other classes to look at. Also, try to be realistic about what you put on that list and plan out what part of the day you wish to do them.

Lastly, make sure you have F-U-N on that list since it is the holidays so remember to get festive and get out there in the world to just enjoy yourself, it won’t be long until you’re back for the next school semester/term (*gasp).

Tip #2: Relaxation

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I can’t stress (don’t stress! just relax. Yeah see what I just did there?) this enough but remember that you are on a holiday so do just that and sit back and relax! I prefer to relax in my own way which means a lot of Netflix, Spotify, Youtube, journal writing, photography, tumblr (since I brought this up, here’s my tumblr blog as well hehe), and of course a bunch of shopping!

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Also try to get out of the house too. Here, I like going to the local cafés to be productive, have fun and drink a great cup of London fog. Don’t stay cooped up in your room too much. This generation spends way too much time in their room, try to enjoy some outside time while you’re on break. It’ll give you a new perspective I promise!

Tip #3: Planning for the New Year

I feel like I’m repeating myself again but yeah, a new year and maybe a new day planner or agenda to keep you track for the next 12 months!

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Although that I use a day planner I tend to use it like a bullet journal where I just plan things out with bullets/symbols.

Another side note: Since that the New Year is rolling around the corner, it may be a great time to start writing New Years Resolutions (which will be an upcoming blog post soon I promise).

Tip #4: Fixing that Sleep Mechanism

Let’s face it, we all have so much fun that we forget that we’re not immortal and thus need sleep (unless if you’re a zombie). So, try to get yourself on track with your sleeping schedule and make sure that you’re awake when you’re suppose to be awake and asleep when you should be. I’m sure that everyone has a smartphone with a clock and alarm function but remember that there’s still the old school one, like mine form Ikea (I swear I am not endorsing them but I jus love them).

I tend to keep my clock with me while I’m journaling (is that even a word?) away so I don’t lose track of time.

Tip #5: Stay Safe

I know, I know, I am not your mother but it’s still a pretty good reminder that even though that you’re on your break, try to have fun responsibly. It’s quite easy to forget when so many things are happening around you but please try to remember to be safe than sorry. Other than that, have fun everyone and a Happy New Year to all.

Chaos by Design: Intellectual Poverty

-“That root is this: we underestimate ourselves.While we educate a small portion of our population extremely well, we unknowingly leave the rest behind. We don’t even come close to tapping into the intellectual potential of the vast majority of our citizens – and we don’t even see this.”

 

“We unknowingly leave the rest behind. Ironic isn’t it?” That’s what I said after reading this post on The Globe and Mail on the matter of all students can be top-performing students if we all just lend a hand. On the contrary, this doesn’t always exist and I’ll explain why.

If all students are brilliant then why do we have students who don't perform as well as their peers?

Before delving into the subject I want to explain how society plays a key role into the matter of the unseen talents of our not so-called top-performing students. We’re plagued by society everyday, for better or for worse. I still remember yesterday that my mother was yelling and complaining about how dumb Sarah Palin is and how she makes women look as pathetic and weak. I, on the other hand, think this done by society. You see my, mother doesn’t hate Sarah Palin just because she wants to, no, she hates her because, she was influenced by her de facto of her political leaders: The Democrats. So the point is, we’re all influenced by some type of societal party that can make or change the way we think.

Now connecting this to education, I’ll give you a scenario. A teacher praises a child who consistently performs excellent on tests and quizzes while sighing and doubtfully sends the kid who doesn’t to learning support because he failed. The teacher already sent the student away without even trying to resolve the issue. Remember the quote above? “-and we don’t even see this.” Yes, that’s right. Due to the societies’ views, we look at a child who can’t do things perfectly as if they’re broken and can’t be fixed or mend.

We are living in a society of intellectual poverty and when a child isn’t performing at grade level, we just automatically shut them down. First off, when we treat students that they can’t be “fixed”, we’re giving them a message that there is an anomaly with them that can’t be cured. This is a major flaw that we must mend in order to prove that we as a society can have every child perform well with flying colours and if we don’t then history will repeat.

 

Every child has the potential only if we can obtain it.

 

I’ve always been told that when I was younger, I was terrible at math but due to the support that I received from everyone along the way, my potential for math flourished and now I’m taking higher level math classes in high school. According to scientific research(The Expert Mind in Scientific American), every child should by able to excel at any subject. So taking that back to the growth of potential in a child, when we, the people, believe that a child can be successful, we are then breaking down those walls of intellectual poverty passing it along our children that they are indeed bright and that we, the people, are there to help.

Coming back to the scenario with the teacher and the struggling student, we can conjure up ways to help that student. I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard that if a child isn’t performing at grade level, we simply just focus on that child to bring he/she to the max. This is a good start to helping children but, have you ever wondered why or how this started in the first place? Let’s rewind back before the scenario with the teacher ever happened. Let’s go back to last night’s homework. The struggling student didn’t understand what was going on in class and now has to somehow do the “work.” Now let’s add some factors to this scene. This kid lives in a household where his/her parents aren’t involved with their child’s school work and don’t have time to praise/cheer or give moral support to him/her, they live in a pretty rough neighbourhood where they’re constantly faced with people aren’t successful therefore, can’t have a role model to fuel their ambition for the future, and lastly they don’t have a teacher who doesn’t think “Hey this kid isn’t performing great but, I’m pretty sure with constant support along the way he/she will be like the others.” This is actually the most realistic scene in today’s world and I can’t stand to just let it take over our children.

 

Unite together and change

Now focusing on this issue at an activist perspective, we have a society that needs rebuilding. The success of the future generation is crucial for our survival and that education is the best way to do that. Yet, our society is plagued by values and views that only certain people will be able to accomplish that dream, while the truth of the matter is every child has the potential to excel, we the older generation just needs to see that eye to eye. With this said, I now give you the option to change the calamity of this situation to paradise.