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Classes to Take This Summer
By Niharika, Grade 10
                                                   
Has summer boredom kicked in? Here’s an idea! Why not take some summer classes? Not only are they fun, but you can get ahead on those credits.

But which one should you take? During the summer it’s better to take the classes you’re interested in and want to take, not the ones you simply have to take.

If you’re interested in learning Spanish, take Spanish I! If writing is more your style, check out the Journalism I course. Did a trip to SeaWorld get you interested in marine life, or a vacation abroad get you wondering about different cultures? Marine Science or Global Studies may be just the courses for you. FLVS offers many interesting courses, so be sure to check them out.

Summer is also a great time to tackle AP courses such as AP Computer Science and AP Biology. If you pass the course, AP classes also offer college credit - how exciting!

Full FLVS course list: http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/Course%20Catalog/CourseListing.aspx

Sources:
http://flvs.net/Pages/default.aspx
http://www.flvs.net/areas/flvscourses/Pages/Course%20Catalog/CourseListing.aspx

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How to Focus
By Maggie Poling, Grade 9

I’m guilty of it, but who isn’t? We all experience days where we’re either too tired to focus, or too energized to sit down and do anything. It’s frustrating, because we know what we have to do, but we’d rather do what we want to do. Essentially, the idea is to find a happy balance of work and play, which will keep your mind stimulated and your emotions uplifted.

Other than balance, what is there to do? How about staying organized? Organization makes focusing less difficult, because you use your time more efficiently. On top of this, organizing your school work, notes, books, and so on will keep you from getting distracted, which is easy to do when your desk is covered in papers.

Also, getting work done when it’s first assigned to you is a good idea. Otherwise, you might find yourself struggling to get that paper done the day before it’s due. Stress like that can lead you to becoming distracted, which isn’t going to help you finish that paper.

Purchasing a planner or marking your calendar with due dates for everything - and I mean everything - will keep you going. When you know how much time you have to get something done, and when you see what else needs to be completed additionally, you can formulate a plan for what to complete, and when.

Creating an organized, clean and quiet workspace is of primary importance. Also, make sure all of the books and resources you need are close by, so you won’t have to get up from your workspace once you begin studying.

Lastly, it’s okay if you lose focus from time-to-time. You can take 15 minute breaks from time to time (in fact, it’s important you do!), so perhaps you should take that time to write down something that’s on your mind, and keeping you from focusing. Or, getting outside and walking around for a few minutes might get your head back in the game.

Being unable to focus is only a mindset, a mindset that I know you can overcome.

Source:
http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/studysmart/focused.html


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