5 Tips for Notetaking as a Virtual Student ♡

Virtual school is more popular than ever these days–so much so that now, many kids who began virtual education as a result of COVID-19 are now attending virtual or remote schooling part- or full-time. And while most people think that attending school on a screen is a piece of cake, not all parts of virtual school are easy for many kids–and one of those factors is note-taking.

Considering that I’ve been attending virtual school for nearly 6 years, you could say that I’m pretty experienced with creating a note-taking system. And I’d like to help new virtual students–or students who just want a more organized way to study–to do the same. Here are 5 quick tips that will help steer every remote student onto the road to note-taking mastery! Let’s get started!

1. Use your resources

One of the many benefits of being a virtual student is that we have so many different ways to learn and study at the click of a button. In case you are still learning how to navigate your online education platform, ask your teacher if there’s any guided notes (meaning notes that outline lectures, but allow students to fill in the blanks with material found in a lesson), tutorials, or other helpful resources to help you with your notetaking and studying. And don’t forget to take advantage of opportunities to ask your teachers questions through tutoring sessions, live lessons with your instructor and fellow students, or your teacher’s contact information.

Online education gives us so many methods to seeking the help we need: all we have to do is use them.

2.Write down the highlights of each lesson

I know, I know. How exactly are you supposed to tell which parts of each lesson are truly important? Well, the truth is, sometimes it can be hard as a virtual student. But the number one thing that helps me is asking myself, “What do I think is going to be on the test?” and “Is this something that I think is important?” When we think about the definitions or topics that we will likely be tested on in the future, or simply what that we think we will need to know, it becomes a little easier to see what is truly worth jotting down and what isn’t.

3. Find your own style

The truth is, the style of notes that are best suited for helping us remember our subject’s material depends on the person. Some students prefer to split their pages in two, where one side is for definitions and the other is for important notes. While others like to use lists, bullet points, and headings to keep their notes organized. And people like me may just make up a style of their own. Either way, make sure that you are taking your notes in a way that will be the most helpful to your learning. After all, you’re the one who’ll have to use your notes for the rest of the year.

4. Write like you talk

I’m not sure who is responsible for writing our lessons, but–even though they do an awesome job–sometimes we need to reword the important information the way we would explain it to a friend. The way we talk is a reflection of the way that we process information. This means that reading notes that are written in our own words is the best way to help us truly absorb the information that we learn.

5. Consider color-coding

Not only is this a method that I love, but many students (both in-person and virtual) do as well. Bright colors from markers such as highlighters are meant to catch our attention. So if there’s anything that you jot down and feel like you’ll need to revisit later, make it stand out with some color. Not only is it really functional, but also really cool if you want to add some extra ✨ pizazz ✨ to your notes.

What? There’s nothing wrong with getting a little fancy!


Note-taking is a must for students of all ages—it’s like the golden rule to truly remember all the things that we learn on a daily basis. To all my fellow students out there, hopefully with the use of both these tips and the ones that you discover in the future, you’ll all become note-taking experts!

What are your favorite methods for taking notes? Do you use color or do you prefer notes that are straight to the point? And finally, do you have any tips for students who are trying to find a method for taking notes? Feel free to share your responses down below in the comments.

I pray that each and every one of you will have a peaceful rest of your day or night. God bless you all, and I will catch you next time! Peace in!

MEGA back-to-school shopping haul! | 2022 ♡

Greetings, everyone! Q’Zion, here, and welcome back to The Joys and Trials of a Christian Teen! Yesterday was my first day of high school–which is ninth grade in the United States–even though I started doing my work a couple days before school was officially back in session. But I don’t mind because I am absolutely in LOVE with all of my classes.

Even though I attend a public virtual school, we still have to do a lot of notetaking throughout the day. And that means that we need a lot of supplies to last us for the next nine months. Now that all of our school shopping is complete, I decided to do a what’s in my backpack sort of post and show you guys some of my brand new school supplies for this year. Let’s begin!

Here’s a little sneak peak into my backpack. I know that I don’t really need one because I don’t go to a building–my school is also my house. But it’s really good for storing extra school supplies that I can’t put in my office area. Plus, I’m a little obsessed with the coral and sky blue color combination. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Although Goodmommy already ordered about 25 70-sheet notebooks in a variety of colors, you really can’t go wrong with a bunch of notebook paper. I plan on using this binder and sheets of notebook paper for extra-curricular notes, like my clubs for this year. Well, technically, my school’s Club Rush isn’t until next month . . . but at least I’m prepared!

This is just a close-up picture of the notebook paper. A.k.a. my attempt to make them look more aesthetic. 😉

I’ve got a little secret to share with you all: I actually use more pens in my notes than I do pencils. For whatever reason, pencils seem to have a “chalkier” look on the pages. I think smooth ball pens look much more crisp, which is how I like my notes to look. BiC is one of my favorite companies to shop from for pens, so I’m super pleased that we were able to catch these before they flew off the shelf.

Okay, so just because I don’t use pencils that often doesn’t mean I don’t use them at all. Even though I use standard pencils for sketching, most of the time, mechanical pencils are also a personal favorite of mine while jotting down notes. I’ll probably jeuje up a lot of them with pencil grips that I make on my Rainbow Loom. That’ll be a nice challenge to complete, on a weekend.

One thing is for sure; I won’t be needing any more erasers for a long time. But the truth is, I love this mini pack of pencil toppers so much because of how colorful they are more so than because of their actual function. I also have a simple pencil sharpener to match.

So I don’t know if I’ll have to turn-in any art projects this year–considering that I won’t be taking any art classes–but I do plan to join the Art Club, so hopefully I can put together something vibrant with these markers and crayons to show to my fellow club members some time this year. Either way, I can always use some more art supplies–especially since it’s been years since I’ve use a marker or crayon.

Crayola absolutely slays when it comes to markers. And the skinny ones are probably my favorites, so I’m glad I was able to get some!

A large portion of my notes are actually provided by my school, where they give us guided notes to print out before starting each lesson. Then, it’s up to us students to fill in the blanks with what we learn. As a result, glue sticks are absolutely essential for keeping all my notes in my notebooks.

You know how I said that I prefer to write with pens in my notebooks? Well, there’s one little disadvantage that comes with that preference: pen is permanent. As a result, we always have to keep a couple bottles of the BiC Wite Out liquid solution, which you can apply on a permanent writing mistake, let it dry, and then write on top of it. I actually have to use this pretty often, so it’s always handy to have some available.

The main scissors that I use are pretty large and sharp on the tip, which I actually replaced for a pair of pink classroom scissors because they didn’t cut that well. But this blue pair of scissors looks like they have a decently sharp edge. Plus, the royal blue color and the design are absolutely adorable!


I had a lot of fun collecting and photographing all of my new school supplies, and I hope you all had just as much fun seeing what I have for the 2022 school year. I didn’t mention earlier that I also got some more ink for our printer, as well as a few neon highlighters, but I was so excited that I’d already opened them by the time I began taking pictures lol. Either way, I’m super glad that my freshman year is starting off to a great start, and I pray that all of yours are, as well.

What are some of your favorite school supplies items that you bought this year? Do you go to school in-person or virtually? And finally, are you excited to start school again, or do you wish summer break wasn’t over, yet?

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! God bless you all and I’ll catch you later! Peace in! ♡

Who’s Ready for Highschool? | How to Get Prepared — Reblog

A/N~ Happy Saturday, everyone! Let. me. tell. you. Today was a busy day, for me. Still, I decided to reblog this super fun post of mine to help out 8th and 9th graders to prepare for high school, since most schools are already/almost back in session. I hope you all enjoy it!

When you’re in 8th grade, it can be a lot to think about your future. It’s the last year of middle school, a.k.a. the time in your life where you start thinking about college and what career you want to pursue, all while trying to find out more about yourself and how you are changing. I know that it can seem like a lot sometimes. However, as a soon-to-be-freshman myself, I’m here to tell you that everything will be okay! We just need to get prepared. And here’s how!

1.) Make Sure You Have a Consistent Schedule to Better Suit the Upcoming Changes ~ Highschool is nothing to be afraid of. Still, it’s a new chapter of our lives that requires preparation. And that means a schedule that will better suit the changes. In high school we will have new classes, teachers, peers, schools and our grades begin setting deeper footprints. This means that we need to make sure that we have routines that will give us plenty of time to stay productive during weekdays.

2.) Pay Attention to Academic Areas that Need Improving ~ Most of us have at least one favorite subject. And along with that, there might be some subjects that you feel like you could improve in. Now is the time to put those feelings into action. If we go through the process of getting more comfortable with the subjects that we need help in, we are setting ourselves up for success in the future and in life.

3.) Maintain Good Study Habits ~ One of the biggest differences in high school vs. middle school is the amount of work. High school is when we really start to prepare for our future, so why not start early? Maintaining positive and stable study habits will help prepare us for what’s to come, making the load lighter when high school is in session.

Recommended Post: How to Stay Organized as a Virtual Student

4.) Ask For Help If (and When) You Need It ~ At one point or another, we’ve all had to ask for help, whether it was from God, a parent, a teacher, a friend, or even our communities. And if there’s any stage in our lives that we need to ask for help, it’s probably now. New stages can be exciting, but for others they can be nerve-wracking. So, whenever you need a helping hand to lay on your shoulder during this time of transition, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Asking for assistance is a skill that we will need to use in all stages of our journeys as people and individuals.

5.) Create an Organized Workspace ~ While study habits are important, the only way that we can study effectively is if we have a constant place to do so. When you come home from school (or when you do your work if you’re homeschooled, like me) it makes it much easier to focus when you have an effective study space to get the job done.

6.) Get Your Priorities in Check ~ Prioritizing what we find the most important in our lives is crucial to preparing for grade 9. Peer pressure is just about everywhere in most public schools, so make sure that you are in check with what and whom you should spend your time. High school is all about preparing for adulthood, and while we still have time left before then, making priorities are a must for another successful school year!

7.) Relax~We Got This! ~ No matter what, remember that as long as you give it your all, you’ve got it together! You are capable. You are smart. You will succeed. You are getting better every day. You got this! Don’t forget to say these things to yourself whenever you need some words of encouragement. We can’t overlook mental health! <33


This guide for How to Prepare for Highschool was such a blast to create! I’m super excited for what high school has in store for me, and I hope that now you are, too. Don’t forget that with effort, the willingness to ask for help, positive affirmation, and academic preparation, high school will be smooth-sailing. All we need to do (besides these tips) is relax and enjoy what’s soon to come!

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Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Peace in! ✨

6 Ways to Prepare for Back to School

Although for me, school will be back in session in approximately 2 1/2 weeks, others are already back to school or about to be, and some kids are just starting their summer break. Whether you’ll be going back to school in a two weeks or two months, it’s important that we are prepared well before school actually begins.

Sure, it’s only the end of July. But for many of us, the sound of school bells ringing is right around the corner; we might as well get ready! To help you start on your back-to-school preparations, I’ve provided 6 helpful tips for how you can start the school year with a prepared peace of mind.

Stock Up With School Supplies

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my school work, I need more and more supplies every school year. And since school supplies tends to go on sale early into summer break, why not get your back to school shopping over with early? Knowing that you have all the supplies that you need to get your work done in style will surely put a load off of your shoulders.

Create (and Follow) a Morning Routine

Staying up till morning while binging your favorite TV shows is the epitome of many kid’s summer break. But as school inches closer, there comes a time where we need to get back into a daily routine. Getting ready in the mornings is one of the most important aspects to starting a productive school day. So creating routine to help you start your day is a great way to prepare.

Talk About Back-to-School Anxiety with a Confidant

While a new school year can be a fresh start for some students, it can be a much more nerve-wracking experience for others. In case you have a few back-to-school nerves, it’s a great idea to consider sharing some of your worries with a trusted companion of yours–especially someone that has been in your shoes once. Whether it’s a parent or guardian, an older sibling, or even a close friend, speaking to someone who knows what it’s like to be nervous as school approaches can sympathize with your emotions and encourage you that you will ace whatever this year throws your way.

Keep Reading

I know, I know! Summer break is one of the few chances that we get where we don’t have to read. Why would we want to spend our days of leisure doing something that we have to do during most of the year? Well, my friends, just because you don’t have to do something doesn’t necessarily mean that we shouldn’t. Plus, going from reading absolutely nothing to the sudden change of reading everyday can cause us to loose a lot of what we learned last year. In fact, educational professionals have actually named this “summer slide.” Therefore, the best way we can prevent loosing our current knowledge is by continuing to read. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later when you do.

Do a Quick Review Of What You Learned Last Year

Have you ever been working on an assignment in the middle of a school year and suddenly said “Oh–I remember learning something like this last year!” Well, instead of having this kind of realization months after school begins, it’s always nice to get a quick review, beforehand. And skimming through some of your leftover notes from last year–a week or two before school begins–is a great way to start.

Relax

Although it can be a little unnerving when school is just around the corner, we have got this in the bag! Take the last few weeks of your summer break to practice self-care and above all, know that this upcoming school year is going to be even better than the last: all we have to do is prepare, relax, and believe. Remember, you’ve got this!


I’m definitely going to have to take my own advice with these back to school hacks; God gave me some good ones! I hope that after reading these tips, you are on your way to being prepared for your next year of school! I’m quite sure each and every one of us will ace it!

LET’S CHAT~What are some of the ways you prepare for a new school year? Don’t be afraid to share some of your bright ideas down in the comments.

Have a blessed day, everybody! God bless you all and I’ll catch you later! Peace in! ♡

Debunking Common Misconceptions About Homeschoolers

Your first thought after reading this title might have been: but . . . it’s summer break. I know, I know! But today this idea popped in my head, and it was so good that I couldn’t hold off on it.

I have been homeschooled for a total of 5 1/2 years. I attended in-person public school from Pre-K to 3rd grade, and then I transitioned to virtual public school. Although this topic wasn’t something that I paid much attention to before I became a homeschooler, I have come to discover that because being homeschooled can be rare (especially pre-COVID) many people have stereotypes about what it’s like to attend school at home, mostly due to a lack of knowledge or friends who are homeschooled.

Therefore, today I will be addressing some of the most common misconceptions about fellow homeschoolers and explaining why they are either true or false. Enough chitter-chatter. Let’s get into it!

1. Homeschoolers are anti-social

From my personal experiences interacting with my peers, the truth is the exact opposite of this statement. In fact, many of the homeschooled kids that I have talked with are more on the extraverted side. Most of us want to interact with each other more, and when we get the chance to meet in person, lots of chatter fills the room as we talk and get to know each other. Homeschooling doesn’t dictate what type of personality you have, so whether or not you are anti-social depends on the individual alone.

2. In-person schooling is harder than homeschooling

In-person and virtual education both have a list of pros and cons. Though I would have to say that academically, virtual school is harder. The reason is because when you’re at home, there are so many possible distractions from your schoolwork, whether that be your siblings, birds chirping outside your window, or the fact that you are close to your bed–increasing the temptation to sleep in. We also have deadlines for assignments, just like those who go to school in-person.

On the other hand, in-person schooling is harder socially, since you can’t control who else attends your school and those you have to be around on a daily basis. The risk of bullying, peer pressure, and the effects of them are at a higher risk, in my opinion.

3. We go to school in our pajamas

One hundred percent, this is true! And I’m so glad about it! This is honestly one of my favorite perks of being homeschooled. While I usually get dressed up for live classes (so I can interact with other students and teachers with my webcam on), I tend to stay in my pajamas for a majority of the day. And I have heard many other homeschoolers say that they do the same.

4. All homeschoolers are academically gifted

Homeschoolers are somewhat represented by the media as nerdy and timid geniuses who are above average in all of their classes. But in reality, the grades that we get don’t differ much from those who attend in-person school. Some students take all AP or Honors courses. Those like me get straight As, with Honors courses sprinkled in. Others get Bs and Cs on average. In my school, we get to check our current grade in each course at all times during the school year, which is a perk of virtual learning. Grades really all depend on the student, their work ethic, whether or not they have learning/mental challenges, etc.

5. We don’t participate in extracurricular activities

For this one, I will use myself as an example. While I take my school very seriously, I also do paintings and other arts and crafts several times a month. I also like to read novels, write on my blog almost daily, and I even joined Creative Writing, ASL, and Book Club for 8th grade, all of which I loved. About three years ago, I was even in the praise dance team for my local church. Like most kids, we homeschoolers have hobbies and friends. In other words, we have lives outside of our education.

6. All parents who homeschool their kids do it for religious reasons

As most of you likely know, I am a Christian, raised by a Christian family. However, I have always attended secular schools, and my current education does not cater to a specific religion. Although I do not know the beliefs of each of my past classmates, there are students who are homeschooled that have religious beliefs that are not Christian, and some who don’t share any religion, at all. In fact, the amount of secular families who have homeschooled their kids are increasing in number.

7. Being homeschooled means you get to do whatever you want without doing any schoolwork

Although this stereotype is one of the most common, it’s also one of the most false. Before this summer, I did an approximate amount of 8 hours of schoolwork a day, including a one hour lunch break. And when I first began adjusting to virtual schooling, it could take me up to 12 hours a day to get my work done every week. If anything, I would say that we homeschoolers have more work than in-person students; and we have to do that work without a teacher at our side 24/7. While a good schedule still allows us time for our extracurricular activities, we still do lots of work throughout the week. Just as any other student would.

8. Homeschoolers aren’t prepared for the real world

This statement could not be any farther from the truth. Even though we stay at home while we do our school work, a majority of homeschoolers still have access to the news, social media, the Internet, and other resources as such. Besides, we still go out of the house and interact with other people on a regular basis. I think how we do our school work makes us more independent and give us the skill of leadership. Fun fact: many colleges actually seek out homeschoolers to give scholarships to. We have just as many opportunities to learn about what is going on in the world as other students, and therefore we are just as prepared.


Hopefully this was a huge help for anyone who had any questions about what it’s like to be homeschooled. In case you have held any of these stereotypes before, I would like to reiterate that a person’s personality, hobbies, and academic intelligence all have to do with the individual. We are all beautiful and unique in our own way, and that doesn’t change according to what type of school we attend; even if it’s your own home.

LET’S CHAT~Are you homeschooled? If not, do you know anyone who is?

I pray that you have an excellent rest of your day or night. May God bless you all! See you soon! ✨

5 Qualities that I Value in a Teacher | Teacher Appreciation Week 💜

After COVID-19 hit, I think more people started to recognize the importance of teachers. Monday, May 2 – Friday, May 6 is Teacher Appreciation Week, which gives us the opportunity to contribute to all of those who are teaching and/or have taught us throughout our years of education.

Teaching has got to be one of the most important jobs in the world. So, as a thank you to every dedicated teacher around the world, I will be sharing 5 of the qualities that I value in a teacher, from the point of view of a soon-to-be high school freshman. Let’s get started!

1. Dedication to teaching (and learning along the way)

I am a strong believer than anyone who works should be dedicated to their job. Teachers who truly want to see their students reach the best of their potential and do everything in their power to help every child have success deserve a solute. In addition, I love it when teachers can acknowledge that although they are educated, there are still things that they can learn along the way, whether that is technology or learning strategies; no matter how good we are at something, there is always room to grow.

2. Strong communication

Relationships in general need a good sense of communication to be beneficial for both people. I feel seen when I have a teacher who is willing to make sure that I truly understand the topics that we are reviewing. Knowing that you can approach your teacher when you need their help is a big relief, as it shows me that they care about my growth and success as their student.

3. Patience, with a love to teach

I understand that some students can be A LOT to handle at some points, especially those who have frequent visits to the principal’s office. That being said, a teacher who is able to “handle the heat” in a calm and professional manner is likely a really good educator. This trait really shows me that the teacher can think about the best way to handle a situation in a timely manner. Along with this, I feel as though a teacher who isn’t easily angered is also able to show their empathy and genuine wish for the well-being of their students, another great quality for a teacher to have.

4. Preparation

One of my largest pet peeves (when it comes to education) is when a teacher isn’t prepared. This probably has something to do with the fact that I’m an early bird, but my opinion still stands. Although I don’t think this is the ONLY good quality of a good teacher (by far), I appreciate when a teacher is organized, and keeps good time management. Although everything doesn’t always go as planned, the ability to stay on the schedule is a very admirable trait to have in an educator.

5. Fun, interactive classes

Last, but definitely not least, I STRONGLY value when a teacher has fun classes. Sure, watching a video presentation and taking some notes will get the job done, but the lessons where visuals, audio, and hands-on activities are combined tend to be the most effective (not to mention the most fun.) I think that if every teacher knew how to make their classes enjoyable, then many more kids and teenagers would enjoy learning. That’s why I give a tip of the hat to every teacher who makes sure they are reaching all types of learners.


Teachers are an extremely important part of our society. Think about it: our teachers are with us almost as much as we are with our parents or guardians. They take a huge part in raising children to be educated and responsible adults once they enter the real world. This is exactly why every good teacher in the world deserves the utmost gratitude. They are truly a blessing from the Lord.

Thanks to all of my dedicated, wonderful teachers (from the present and the past), who have taught me things to last a lifetime.

LET’S CHAT~ What 5 qualities do YOU value most in a teacher? Feel welcome to comment down below.

In all honesty, when it comes to every trait that makes a good teacher, I believe that I only scratched the surface, with this list. I can even think of a few other good qualities, at the top of my head. Oh, well. There’s always next year. (Hint, hint 😋✨😉)

Have a beautiful and blessed day, everybody! May God bless you all and I’ll “see” you next time!✨

My summer break has started; I’m done with 8th grade!

A crucial part of my virtual public schooling is our Pace Chart, which is basically a guide that tells us which assignments we need to submit each week to keep a steady pace. One of the factors that I love about my school is the amount of flexibility; even though we need to follow the pace chart, we are also able to get ahead of pace in order to finish our courses early.

Now, I love school and all, but if I can have a longer summer break, then I’m all for it.

Due to having more time in my schedule after I finished my elective courses early on, I was able to get well beyond the assignments for the week. This means that (aside from my final Module discussions with my teachers and segment exams for 2 subjects) I am done with middle school! This school year went by so fast, but I’m thankful that I was able to pass with all As! ✨ YAYYYYYYY! ✨

I am still attending my daily live lessons for all of my main courses, mostly to prepare for the upcoming FSA, SSA, and EOC tests. Still, completing all of my required assignments for the year is a big weight off of my shoulders. I thank God, Goodmommy, and everyone who has supported me throughout this school year for their love and encouragement. I’m excited to see what high school has in store for me. ❤

Related Post: How to Stay Organized as a Virtual Student

Although the post that you see the link to above was aimed toward other people who attend school virtually, many of the tips can also apply to in-person public school students, so feel free to check that post out. Additionally, here are 3 ultimate tips that can help you get/stay on (or ahead of) pace to set you up for success as a student and a person.


Attend your classes everyday. This tip is kind of common sense, but I still believe it’s necessary to add to this list, considering that the reason why many kids fail their classes is because they simply don’t go to class. If we aren’t doing schoolwork and going to class on a daily basis, we won’t know what to expect on pop-quizzes, tests, and end of the year exams. Being present is a must for the best school experience possible.

Make sure you have a study space. Whether you are a virtual student and you work at your in-home study space daily, or you need a place to do your homework after school, every student should have a designated study space. It can be a lot easier to focus on your schoolwork or homework when you are constantly doing it in one spot every day. Eventually, your study space will help you keep your work stored in an orderly fashion. Organization is key!

Get 8 hours of sleep a night; just not in class. The amount of sleep that we get every night can have a huge effect on our attention spans. Therefore, to avoid dozing off in class, make a daily schedule that allows you to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. A healthier body = a healthier mind.


I hope you learned something from this short and sweet post. We only have a month left of this school year, which is a little hard to believe. But don’t worry–with some hard work and faith, we are sure to succeed!

Have a beautiful day, everybody! Remember that every moment is a blessing; God bless you all! ✨

Who’s Ready for Highschool? | How to Get Prepared

When you’re in 8th grade, it can be a lot to think about your future. It’s the last year of middle school, a.k.a. the time in your life where you start thinking about college and what career you want to pursue, all while trying to find out more about yourself and how you are changing. I know that it can seem like a lot sometimes. However, as a soon-to-be-freshman myself, I’m here to tell you that everything will be okay! We just need to get prepared. And here’s how!

1.) Make Sure You Have a Consistent Schedule to Better Suit the Upcoming Changes ~ Highschool is nothing to be afraid of. Still, it’s a new chapter of our lives that requires preparation. And that means a schedule that will better suit the changes. In high school we will have new classes, teachers, peers, schools and our grades begin setting deeper footprints. This means that we need to make sure that we have routines that will give us plenty of time to stay productive during weekdays.

2.) Pay Attention to Academic Areas that Need Improving ~ Most of us have at least one favorite subject. And along with that, there might be some subjects that you feel like you could improve in. Now is the time to put those feelings into action. If we go through the process of getting more comfortable with the subjects that we need help in, we are setting ourselves up for success in the future and in life.

3.) Maintain Good Study Habits ~ One of the biggest differences in high school vs. middle school is the amount of work. High school is when we really start to prepare for our future, so why not start early? Maintaining positive and stable study habits will help prepare us for what’s to come, making the load lighter when high school is in session.

Recommended Post: How to Stay Organized as a Virtual Student

4.) Ask For Help If (and When) You Need It ~ At one point or another, we’ve all had to ask for help, whether it was from God, a parent, a teacher, a friend, or even our communities. And if there’s any stage in our lives that we need to ask for help, it’s probably now. New stages can be exciting, but for others they can be nerve-wracking. So, whenever you need a helping hand to lay on your shoulder during this time of transition, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Asking for assistance is a skill that we will need to use in all stages of our journeys as people and individuals.

5.) Create an Organized Workspace ~ While study habits are important, the only way that we can study effectively is if we have a constant place to do so. When you come home from school (or when you do your work if you’re homeschooled, like me) it makes it much easier to focus when you have an effective study space to get the job done.

6.) Get Your Priorities in Check ~ Prioritizing what we find the most important in our lives is crucial to preparing for grade 9. Peer pressure is just about everywhere in most public schools, so make sure that you are in check with what and whom you should spend your time. High school is all about preparing for adulthood, and while we still have time left before then, making priorities are a must for another successful school year!

7.) Relax~We Got This! ~ No matter what, remember that as long as you give it your all, you’ve got it together! You are capable. You are smart. You will succeed. You are getting better every day. You got this! Don’t forget to say these things to yourself whenever you need some words of encouragement. We can’t overlook mental health! <33


This guide for How to Prepare for Highschool was such a blast to create! I’m super excited for what high school has in store for me, and I hope that now you are, too. Don’t forget that with effort, the willingness to ask for help, positive affirmation, and academic preparation, high school will be smooth-sailing. All we need to do (besides these tips) is relax and enjoy what’s soon to come!

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Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful and blessed day, everyone! Peace in! ✨

Believe and you can achieve !

Hey, y’all! Happy Tuesday.

So, if you checked out my Valentine’s Day post discussing how we (me and Goodmommy) went shopping, you know that I bought a cute white shirt with the word “SHINE” and small silver beads elegantly placed on the front. I explained how we bought it specifically for a special occasion and that I would share what the special occasion is with you all today. And guess what. I came through with my word, y’all.

I was chosen to attend a Middle School Student Forum to represent my school!!! Just before I went to bed, I was jumping up and down inside with excitement. To have my straight A’s pay off, now allowing me to use my voice to make a positive impact on my community is truly a blessing.

We took a few pictures before we left. It was close to 9 AM, so we didn’t want to wait too long to get there. Though, all the pictures turned out adorable. This one is one of my favorites. Goodmommy is such an amazing support in all of this. My assistant principal gave me a document of some of the sample questions that the board members might ask. Just before bed time, we practiced roleplaying the introductions and sample questions. It’s always a good idea to be prepared. Also, thanks for your help, Goodmommy. :))

It only took us about 25 minutes to get to the building, and believe it or not, I was the first student to get there. To be honest, I was a little shocked. I’ve always been an early bird, though, so it was nice to be able to take a look around at the large auditorium and take some photos as momentoes of this wonderful memory.

The set up of the whole entire room was super organized and well-planned (to my liking.) They even gave each student an assigned table and seat based on our district. We also had a small notebook and pens for notetaking, as well as little tins of mints if we wanted a little snack. I really appreciated how friendly everyone was. They made me feel super welcome and comfortable.

My assistant principal also gave me a printed copy of the sample questions, so I was able to write in my notebook some of my answers regarding the criteria.

And here’s my assistant principal, himself. It was super nice to meet him in-person for the first time! He was nice enough to come over and greet us with a warm welcome as soon as he saw us.

After close to an hour of introducing myself to a couple of my table mates, taking notes, and drinking my Gatorade, it was soon time for the discussions to start. I enjoyed having a conversation with the board member of my district and some other students who attend a variety of public schools in my community.

Being able to hear and give feedback from those familiar with the academic and educational industry as well as hear from other students’ perspectives was really eye opening. I found it informative to learn about what kids my age may experience while attending in-person schooling, as well as how that correlates to my virtual public schooling.

We (including students in all 6 groups) were able to discuss topics like mental health, bathroom issues, peer pressure, connectivity with each other and our teachers and the list goes on. The fact that they are allowing middle and high schoolers to share our input on what we appreciate and would change about our school programs was a wonderful idea that I’m happy was put in place.

It also gave us a chance to get used to having healthy discussions and learning how to speak confidently in front of an audience. Not only giving our input, but being able to listen to the opinions and feedback of others in a respectful way. I found it such a great method for giving back to my community.

Of course, to celebrate this beautiful occasion, some of our parents (including Goodmommy) came over to take a photo of the board member, me and the other students at my table. I appreciate the amazing photography to make this memory last.

All in all, I thank God and all the staff and administrators for the wonderful honor of choosing me to be a representative of my school, the students in my school, and everyone in my community.

It truly was a wonderful experience that I will never forget and always cherish. And it has showed me that when you are committed and believe in what God has for your life you can achieve anything that you put your mind to.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤️❣️❤️

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all are having or have had a beautiful Valentine’s Day with your loved ones! Me and Goodmommy had a wonderful time bonding today, and we hope that you all got a chance to, as well.

Since me and Goodmommy did quite a bit, this Valentine’s Day (and we took a photoshoot. Nothing new there ;)) It’s because of this that I decided to write a wrap up of where we went, what we ate, and what we did to celebrate this holiday of love. Enjoy! ❤️


We actually didn’t eat any breakfast before we left, this morning. Therefore, the first thing we did is stopped by at a restaurant to eat some lunch, or “brunch” in our case. For our appetizer, we ordered some creamy soup with dumplings. Ooh, and breadsticks. We can’t forget the breadsticks!

P.S. we didn’t really like the soup that you see above, so actually got a different one, instead. It was chilly-flavored with some type of beef inside. That one was pretty good. Great for dunking my breadsticks in.

Then, for our main course, we both had some classic lasagna. Goodmommy ordered extra cheese on hers. The best part of the meal without a doubt! We both took the leftovers home for dinner. It was even better after it sat for a while. But leftovers always taste better when you get home. It’s logic.

You guys already know me and Goodmommy can’t go anywhere together without taking a photoshoot. Inside and outside the restaurant we took a couple breaks to take a few selfies. I wore my hair in an afro today. I must admit, it turned out pretty cute. And by the way, we were totally twinning with our cute jumpsuits!

Next off, we decided to go shopping for some gifts (for each other) and an outfit for a special meeting that I have tomorrow. I won’t give y’all any spoilers about what that meeting is, though.

I had a really great time looking around. Although I’m not an out-of-the-house girl, shopping is one of the few things that may just get me outside, once and a while. But, it’s honestly surprising that so many Valentine’s gifts and decor were still in stock.

And here’s another photo of me (inside of Burlington) because you know that I’m a selfie queen.

And after about 20 minutes of browsing, we finally found it! The shirt for tomorrows ✨special occasion ✨. As soon as Goodmommy took it off the rack so I could see it clearly, I knew that this top was absolutely PERFECT.

After a quick trip to the grocery store, we were back home. But the fun isn’t over, yet. Here are a couple of Goodmommy’s Valentine’s day gifts. She bought the tulips for herself, but I wanted to buy her something too. Turns out, in the very front of Burlington were these adorable portable pink mugs with message “Too Blessed to be Stressed” inscribed on top. And before you know it, I had bought, not one, but two of them; one for Goodmommy and one for me.

Of course, I knew I got a matching mug with Goodmommy (the one you see above) but I was very pleasantly surprised to see a giftbag and a heart-shaped box on my desk when we returned home and I started my schoolwork.

Inside the giftbag was the phone case that she bought for me at Burlington and an additional mug with the words “Happy Valentine’s Day” on top. It was actually a little ironic considering that I had already bought myself a mug. But hey, I’m not gonna complain. That just means I now have two new mugs, two hot chocolate mixes, and two new memories. We definitely won’t be having a mug shortage any time soon.

I also bought myself a 6 ft long charger for my phone and iPad. Not only because it’s convenient, but it’s hot pink, too! I took a picture of some of my items on my bed for an aesthetic touch.

Once I started doing my schoolwork, we had to do a paper art assignment using only black and white paper, so I came up with this. I absolutely love the design. It wasn’t what I was used to, but I’m very happy with the finished result. The color options really made the triangles stand out.


I hope you all enjoyed reading about how me and Goodmommy spent Valentine’s Day, and that you continue to have a day full of love, joy, peace, family, and happiness.

Have a beautiful, blessed and joyful day everyone! ❤️