Happy Black History Month!

Guess what, y’all. Today is February 1st, also known as the very beginning of Black History Month. People in countries around the world celebrate the contributions of black brothers and sisters, as well as our allies, to help our nation progress into what it is today. Everyday is a part of our history. Everyday, new history is created that will last through generations.

Black History Month is simply when our history, heritage, and culture are acknowledged, not only as black people, but as American citizens and human beings.

This month isn’t just about self recognition, or the recognition of others. It’s also an opportunity for us to educate ourselves and learn about contributions to the world and our nation, as well as how we can participate in peaceful, modern movements such as Black Lives Matter. Black History Month is a time to give back to our communities and continue to take steps forward.

And the beauty of it all is you can take time to honor Black History no matter who you are. Anyone can make the choice to become educated, so that we may rise together and continue to make progress in the places that we call home.

What choice will you make today? ❤️💛💚

How to Stay Organized as a Virtual Student

Something really important to me as a student that does work at home, and has been for 5 years, is organization. When my workspace is organized, I automatically feel more productive and I can remain focused on the tasks at hand. A clean space can also cause for a clean sense of concentration that will make it easier for anyone to study.

The only catch is organization is not an easy task for everyone. If you happen to be one of these people, don’t worry! I’ve got some great tips for you to help you learn how you can stay productive and confident while completing your work.

Choose a designated workspace.

This first point is a big one, and I’ll explain why: If you don’t have one fixed space where you always come to in order to study and get your work completed, it’s easy to loose track of supplies, notebooks, and other items you may need.

When you have a designated space to work, everything is where you left it, therefore making your whole study experience more enjoyable and a lot less of a hassle.

Have a calendar and/or planner handy.

Personally, I have a lot of appointments, club meetings, and live classes that I like to (and sometimes have to) attend for school.

Let. Me. Tell. You. As far as material items go, planners and calendars can be a homeschooler’s best friend. Not only do they easily allow you to document all of your to-dos, but it can also give you a peace of mind: you won’t have to remember everything by yourself. All you’ll have to do is take a look at your calendar or planner.

Take lots of notes. Organized notes.

Note-taking is a great technique if you want to get a good review of the Module or Segment before a test, and they can be extremely productive, as long as they are organized. There may even be note resources that your school provides, so if that’s available, take full advantage of that! In order to create organized notes, take a look at these bonus tips:

  • Separate your binders and notebooks by course. Every course needs a designated notebook.
  • When you do a new lesson, start a new page.
  • Write down lists with bullet points (the dots before each sentence in this list.)
  • Use highlighters to make key points stand out.
  • Organize the text by headings, always making sure to label each page with a title, explaining which lesson it covers.

Create and maintain a routine.

Things can get a little “messy” when you don’t have a routine. Without some type of schedule, there’s no specific time when you need to wake up, do your work, and meet the necessary attendance requirements your school has in place.

It’s best to create a routine where you set an alarm for when you wake up and have a time frame or fixed goal for how long you need to work or how many assignments you will submit every day. I love this method, as not only does it help create productivity in our academic lives, but it can also help us make time for family, friends, clubs, and other extracurricular activities.

Eat breakfast before you start working.

Usually, I aim to wake up 60-90 minutes before I actually start doing my work for the day. I have to clean the beds in my house, plus eat breakfast, all before I “go to school.”

Therefore, waking up a decent (but not too large) amount of time before your work begins will give you time for a nutritious breakfast to get your mind moving and start off the day strong! A good attitude is a HUGE factor in productivity, no matter how or where you learn.

Take breaks.

While a lot of people would guess that homeschoolers don’t actually have to work, I’m sure me and you know otherwise. It’s possible to spend 4-5 hours every day, Monday through Friday, working in order to complete all of our assignments.

In order to prevent fatigue, take at least one 30-minute break every day that you do your work for over 4 hours. It gives you an opportunity to get a healthy lunch, rejuvenating your energy, hence helping get you through the day.

Hopefully, this list of tips was a great help to anyone who works at home and needs some guidance on how to get and stay organized. Remember, as long as you have determination, a good attitude, and good organization, your online education is sure to be successful.

Have a great day, y’all! ✨

Tips and Tricks for Reading with a Deadline

Tips and Tricks for Reading with a Deadline

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Have you ever had to write a book report, and you set a deadline to finish it? The truth is, deadlines can be tough to stick to, especially when we stare at the long list of chapters that we know we have to read. But, like just about anything, reading deadlines are possible to hit!

Here are some tips and tricks to help you get started and successfully reach your deadline!

#1 – Separate your deadline into your goal for each day.

Don’t worry about the whole book that you have to complete, but focus on how many pages, and/or chapters you need to read each day. This method will help take your mind off of the big picture, which can be scary to examine. Instead, it will allow you to get the job done one step at a time.

#2 – Listen to the audiobook.

Let’s be real, chapter books, especially long ones, can be a challenge to read all by yourself. Therefore, if you can, find a copy of the audiobook. Audiobooks for classic novels are usually easy to find on websites like YouTube. This form of literature can allow you to listen to your book without having to flip through the pages, which causes the time to go a lot faster! Just remember to pay attention to the book, while you listen.

#3 – Make sure the deadline is do-able, if you can help it.

Sometimes, reading deadlines are unable to be changed. However, if it is, then make sure you are setting a goal that is actually do-able. Doing too much will cause you to become tired, which is a bad thing with any goal that we set. Don’t overwork yourself if you don’t need to.

#4 – Learn from this experience.

Things can pop up at the last minute, every now and again. Other times, there is possibly something that we could have planned for to prevent such a tight deadline. Is there anything that you could do differently next time? Whatever that may be, take this deadline as a learning experience, and something to think about, in the future.

I hope you all enjoyed these Tips and Tricks for Reading with a Deadline! Remember, try not to wait until the very last minute. It is better to start earlier, and work at a slower pace, than being in a tight crunch. Preparation is the key!

Have an amazing day everyone!

5 Tips to Help You Pass Your Next Exam

5 Tips to Help You Pass Your Next Exam

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Quizzes are a big part of school, and sometimes, they can be unexpected. One of the worst things that we can do is go to school unprepared, as we never know when that next pop quiz is going to pop up!

So, how can we be prepared for quizzes, expected or not? Find out with these 5 Tips to Help You Pass Your Next Exam!

Space it out into sections.

Let’s say you have a huge test tommorrow, and the day before, you realize that you haven’t done any studying! So, you stay up until 2 in the morning studying for the big test. Well, this is an example of a situation that you want to try and avoid with all of your ability.

Why? Well, not only does it deprive you of your sleep needed to focus, but you are trying to shove all that information into your memory at one time. Instead, set reminders for yourself that a test is coming up, and study for about 30-60 minutes a day. This will help all of the information sink in, and it will prevent you from falling asleep in class, lol.

Practice your vocabulary with flashcards.

I think the part of many quizzes where a lot of people mess up is the vocabulary. One method that I used to study is using flashcards, the word on the front, and the definition on the back. Practice looking at the word and reciting the definition yourself. Then, look at the back of the flashcard to see if your correct. This will help improve both your memory and likeliness of acing your test!

Incorporate pictures…lots of pictures.

Okay, so this probably has nothing to do with studying anything except for art. But, you get the point, lol.

I know: we’re not in kindergarten, so why do we need pictures? While this is true, even teenagers find things more interesting when images are included. We are visual learners, so pictures, charts, and other visual elements can make things easier to remember and more fun! It’s a win-win!

Make a schedule.

I discussed this very briefly in the first tip, but I wanted to go deeper into the fact that it’s important that you keep track of when all your upcoming tests will take place. Doing so will give you time to study the test’s content, as well as prevent as many surprises as possible.

Get your rest.

So here’s a thought: maybe don’t sleep on a tree, lol.

Our rest is so important for many reasons, and a part of this is our focus. If we get enough rest, we will have a better memory and sense of focus. Not only that, but it will also give us the energy that we need to get through the exams. Especially the longer ones.

I hope these effective studying tips will help you ace all of your exams! Remember, don’t be too hard on yourself. You might not get 100% on every test that you take. However, if you try your best, then you have every reason to be extremely proud of yourself and the effort that you put in to your work!

Have a beautiful day everyone! Stay happy, stay smiling, and stay positive! ✨

Guess What! It’s Daylight Savings Time! – Energy Conservation

Daylight Saving Time Conserves Energy

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What is the true purpose of Daylight Saving Time? Sure, it gives us another hour of sleep, which is great. However, it also helps to conserve energy. People all around the world are working to create a healthier planet at this time of year, and we should all do our part!

By conserving energy, we are performing the civic responsibility to take care of our planet, as we are reducing the amount of energy that we use in our day to day lives. Because just about everything that we do revolves around energy and electricity, it’s a good idea to research ways that we can conserve energy.

Here is a list of ways to save energy:

  1. Turn your lights and appliances off when you aren’t using them.
  2. Lower your appliance use, if possible.
  3. Take showers or small baths.
  4. Put your lights — such as Christmas lights, on a timer.
  5. Lower your use of hot water.

Click here for a longer list of ways that we can be kind to our planet!

There are many simple acts that we can take in order to help conserve energy! It is days like this that are here to help remind us of how important it is that we take care of our ecosystem!

So, do your part! The more people that pitch in, the better off our environment!

Have an amazing day, y’all! ✨

5 Reasons Why You Should Read More Often (Reblog)

Hello, again, beautiful people! I hope you all are having an amazing and wonderful day, night, or whatever time you are reading this. Alright, everyone. I don’t know about you, but for me, school is going to be starting extremely soon! And, I’m pretty excited about it. However, I also know that there is one particular thing that most kids aren’t fond of: reading. ✨

Well, it’s for this reason that I wanted to give you 5 Reason Why You Should Read More Often!

You might not know this, but reading actually has many benefits for your health and overall mood. I’ve loved to read and write books ever since I was in preschool, and, hopefully, after you check out these awesome tips, you will, too!

So, let’s get into it! 

  1. Reading increases your memory. ✨

By reading a book, it becomes a responsibility to remember all of its elements. You need to remember the plot, the characters, the settings, and many other details that help you to understand the story, as a whole. When your brain creates a new memory, it creates new brain channels and strengthens existing ones, therefore improving memory.

2. Reading can boost your focus and concentration. ✨

Have you ever been distracted once or twice during school? If so, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s probably happened to everyone at least once in their life. You might not realize this, but, when reading, you are putting all of your attention, or focus, on the story. You are taking in all of those elements and details. Therefore, you are increasing your ability to concentrate on what you are doing. Don’t believe me? Try reading for at least 10-15 minutes before you have to get ready for school. See how much better you can focus on your classes.

3. Reading reduces stress.

It doesn’t matter how tough your day at school is. It’s easy to forget about everything else that’s on your mind when you become lost in a great story. Reverting back to the last fact, reading causes you to focus on the story. Therefore, when you read a book, it gives you a greater opportunity to relax.

4. Reading increases your vocabulary.

While reading, especially YA (Young Adult) novels, you are discovering lots of new words and phrases. Because of this, you will be able to use these words and phrases when doing everyday things. Plus, you have to admit, using long words that your friends don’t know the meaning to can make for a pretty good laugh, don’t you think?

5. Reading is a great source of entertainment.

Whether you are just a little bored or you’re grounded and can’t spend most of your time watching YouTube videos, reading is a wonderful way to spend your time. Once you get lost in a really good book, it is just as entertaining as any other activity as the author lures you into an amazing adventure!

Alright, everyone! I really hope that you enjoyed those 5 Reasons Why You Should Read More Often! ✨

You might think it’s boring now, but, once you get your hands on a great story and dive deep into the characters and their journey, it’s really a wonderful feeling! Not only that, but, as proven above, you can get many other benefits from reading, as well!

Have a wonderful, beautiful, and educational day, my beautiful viewers! ✨

4 Smart Ways to Balance School and Your Social Life

Let’s face it…school can be pretty time consuming. It’s pretty common for teenagers to have mounds of homework that can take hours to finish. However, while school is important, we also want to have some time to spend with our friends. ✨

Are you wondering how you can succeed in school, and yet, still have a productive social life? Well, if you‘re curious, let’s get started!

1. Create a schedule for your schoolwork and/or homework.

If one day, you start your homework at 5:00 p.m., but the next day, you don’t start until 7:00p.m., then this is an example of inconsistency. Creating a specific schedule that states the time or times that you do your homework can really help you stay social. How? Well, when your friends ask you “When are you free?” you can easily respond due to the information on your schedule!

Yep. I know it’s clever, lol.

2. Have realistic expectations of yourself and others.

As I stated earlier, school can be a lot of work. Therefore, it is likely that it will take up a good amount of your time. What I’m implying is, you might not be able to go out with your friends every day. Remember that you need to give yourself, and others, a break sometimes. So, if you are tired, don’t be afraid to explain that to your friends, and just chill at home, instead! And, if they ever say the same to you, give them the same respect, as well!

3. Join a couple clubs.

From personal experience, I can tell you that clubs are a great way to socialize and learn at the same time. Try joining a club that interest you or peeks your curiosity. I’m sure you’ll be surprised by how much knowledge you can learn and consume.

Just remember to try to pick clubs that fit into your schedules! Also, don’t sign up for a club if it negatively interferes with your schoolwork/homework schedule! Remember, consistency!

4. Ask for help from your guardian(s) or guidance counselor, if you need it. ✨

If you are a little intimidated or confused by all of this scheduling, then try talking to your parents/parent figure(s), or guidance counselor about the overall construction of the schedule and your studying tactics. It never hurts to ask someone you trust, especially if you are struggling, about a particular topic that you need help with!

So, those are 4 Smart Ways to Balance School and Your Social Life! I hope that you all enjoyed them! If you have any comments or ideas about this topic, please comment down below! Don’t forget, in all of the aspects of our lives, balance is required!

Have a happy, healthy, and joyful day, everyone! ✨

3 Tips on How to Thrive in Middle School

Hey, y’all! I hope you are all at peace today! So, school has been in session for about a month now, and we are all still probably adjusting to new teachers, classmates, and possibly even a new school. Starting a new school year can always be challenging, but especially so, when it’s your first year of middle school. ✨

It can be kind of scary to learn a new environment, at first. However, doing so is a part of life that we all have to go through. This is exactly why I wanted to share with you all 3 Tips on How to Thrive in Middle School!

So, let’s get started!

  1. Do your best in your classes.

I know, I know. You probably want to know how to thrive socially in middle school. Starting junior high school is that point in our lives where we want to make friends, be popular, etc. And while there’s nothing wrong with having friends, it’s also important that you do well academically. Taking notes in your class, doing your homework, and studying often are all ways that you can help ensure that you are academically secure.

You might not like it now, but you will appreciate all of that hard work that you did when you’re all grown up and living your best life emotionally, physically, and financially.

2. Be yourself.

Trust me, most people have been to a point in their lives where they have wanted to be included or accepted by a specific person or group of people. If you ever feel this way, remember that you don’t have to change who you are for anyone. Be who you truly are. True friends will come, if you do. Besides, who wants “friends” if they aren’t even real.

Also, remember, an important part of life is accepting the reality that some people might not like you. And that’s okay! As long as you love yourself and who you are, what others think is not important, at all.

3. Make self care one of your priorities.

During middle school, most of us are experiencing physical changes, whether you’re sweating more, your voice is cracking or getting deeper, or you seem to be getting clumsier. Remember, during the tweenage and teenage years, physical and mental health is super important! Always try to do things that help you relax, such as listening to calm music, talking to a sibling or best friend when you are upset, doing some yoga, or just making sure to give yourself a pep talk everyday. These are all ways that you can help increase the well-being of both your mental and physical health.

Okay, everyone! I hope that you enjoyed these 3 Tips on How to Thrive in Middle School. Although it can be tough, it will eventually come to an end. Just remember to focus in school, own who you are, and take care of yourself. If you do, I’m sure that you’ll be thriving in no time!

Have a happy, healthy, and peaceful day, everyone! ✨

4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Dedicated Workspace in Your Home

Hey everyone! Princess Q is back for another post! Let me ask you a question. Do you have a dedicated workspace to do homework and/or schoolwork in your home? You know, a place that you can go to in order to finish your homework? If not, then you may want to quickly reconsider. ✨

Having a specific spot or even an entire room in your house designed for you to complete your work can be more beneficial and functional then you know. And this is exactly why I wanted to share 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Dedicated Workspace in Your Home. ✨

So, let’s get started!

  1. It improves your focus and concentration.

Although doing homework in the kitchen while your guardian(s) is cooking dinner is okay, having a quiet, non-distracting room to complete your work in can improve your ability to focus or concentrate. Doing this could even allow you to finish your work faster. Think about it, working in a noise proof environment allows you to remain occupied with your work, without being distracted by your younger sibling or noisy pots and pans.

Besides, if you can avoid any time being taken by homework, then why not go for it?!?

2. You can customize it as you wish.

Whether your office space is in your room, or a separate wing, having your own space to complete your work gives you the freedom to decorate and customize it as you wish. Your office is your space to get your work done, therefore, the decorations that you choose are to help you learn and grow! It’s great to have a workspace that is created and customized specifically for you and your needs.

3. It’s a great way to stay organized.

When you have your own office, all of your work materials or supplies can stay in that office space, and not all over the house. This not only allows for much better organization, but it can even reduce stress: you don’t have to wonder where your homework assignment is!

4. It helps separate your work and personal life.

Your work and your family and friends are two different parts of your life. Creating an office space is a great way to have a space that is for your work only. This allows you to give your work, and your family and friends your undivided attention. And trust me, both parts deserve it.

Alright everyone! I hope that you all enjoyed those 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Dedicated Workspace In Your Home! Not only will it help you stay focused and organized, but it can also help assure that you still have plenty of time to spend with the ones you love! ✨

Have a happy, loving, and healthy day, amazing people! ✨

3 Effects of Negative Peer Pressure

Hello again, amazing people! Princess Q’Zion is back for another amazing blog entry! So, calling all teenagers, I have a question for you: have you ever been in a situation where all of your friends were doing something, (it could be smoking, drinking, dating, skipping school, etc.), and you felt like you had to do it, too? ✨

If you read my post a few days ago, then you probably already know that this is called negative peer pressure. I gave you all some tips on how you can positively deal with negative peer pressure. But, I never told you the actual effects of it.

You might not know this, but according to a study, 90% of teens has reported of being a victim of peer pressure. This is exactly why I wanted to share with you guys the effects that negative peer pressure can effect a person.

So, are you ready?

Let’s begin!

  1. It can decrease a person’s self-esteem or confidence.

When a person feels forced or teased about something, it can make them feel bad about themselves, as they can begin to feel like they aren’t as good or worthy as those who are participating in the negative behavior. It can also cause them to feel as though they need validation or approval from others, therefore causing them to feel lesser about how they feel about themselves.

And, if the situation gets worse, this can actually escalate to medical conditions that relate to anxiety or depression. This is just one of the possible affects of negative peer pressure.

2. A person’s grades can lower of fluctuate.

As teenagers, a lot of us feel the need to be accepted by our peers. We have the want to fit-in, have friends, and be accepted by everybody else. Sometimes, in worse cases, this could even mean that acceptence becomes a priority over a person’s grades. If a teenager is pressured to skip school or classes, then their grades could easily turn for the worst.

This not only affects their academics, but, depending on what their skipping school to do, could ruin their future, as well.

3. The person being pressured may begin to engage in self harm.

If a person feels anxious about a situation, or like they don’t belong, then eventually, it could cause them to want to harm themselves. No matter how hard this truth is to face, a lot of teenagers have actually committed suicide as a result of peer pressure or bullying.

It is easy to think it’s funny when you are pressuring a person, but it’s not so laughable once you realize what it can do to a person.

Okay, everybody! I really hope that you learned from these 3 effects of negative peer pressure.

If you are going through this, please always remember this:

The person or people who are pressuring you are doing it because they are being pressured to do it, and/or they have low confidence or self-esteem. Also, never be afraid to ask for help. Your peers might say that you are a ‘snitch’, but standing up for yourself isn’t a bad thing. Just, make sure, that you never use violence to do so. We must remember not to fight back in violence, but fight back in love.

I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy, and happy day! See you next time, amazing people! ✨