In middle school you have a lot of homework so I’m giving you some tips on how to handle it.
- Take Good Notes:
- When you are at home and doing your homework, you will wish you took notes
- Try using this method!
- Picking Project or Homework Buddies: If you are allowed to choose your own project or homework buddy, choose wisely:
- Pick someone you get along with, or would like to know better.
- Pick someone you won’t goof off with a lot. (It’s OK to have fun, just stay focused.)
- Pick someone that thinks alike.
- Schedule for homework:
- Get a drink and healthy snack. Stay away from sugary drinks. For a good snack try cheese & crackers, banana & peanut butter sandwiches, or grapefruit.
- Turn on some music, but not too loud. You don’t want to get distracted.
- Sit somewhere where you can focus (NOT in front of the TV!). Get your supplies ready, and try to get through all of your homework without distractions.
- Ask an older sibling or parent to check your work and review anything you have questions about.
- Lockers can be tricky to master so practice over and over again and don’t get mad if you can’t do it.
- Locker Accessories:
- Dry Erase or Chalk Board: When going from class to class, you may need to write some quick notes about projects or other things. Sometimes it’s good to have a magnet pocket to hold your markers or chalk, and pens and pencils.
- Mirror: A lot of girls care about their looks, and that’s not always a bad thing.
- Just-In-Case Kit: You can put things in it like hair bands, band-aids, tissues, pads, or anything else that you think you may need at one time to another.
- Locker Organization:
- Keep books in order, not scattered all over the place.
- Keep papers in folders, not loose in the locker.
- Every Friday, clean out your locker and take home or throw away things you don’t need. And clean it out before a holiday/day off.
- Between Classes:
- Color coat your classes: You have about 3-5 minutes between classes, so you need to be able to grab and go.
- Match your book cover to the notebook and binder for the same class. Here is my system:
Learning Lab: Black
- Make-up is OK as long as you don’t cake it on.
- You will see girls who wear a lot of makeup, but don’t make fun of them.
- Trust me…just wear some lip gloss or light pink eyeshadow. You need to be you, not a clown.
- Just because you are in middle school doesn’t mean you need to start dating.
- It’s OK to have a crush, but stay concentrated on your work and not on the boy.
- Don’t let boys control your life. Be you, not who they want you to be.
- Parents don’t become un-cool when you start middle school.
- Remember your parents used to be middle-schoolers, too, so they kinda know what they’re talking about.
- Don’t be jerks to parents or siblings. This is when you need them most.
- Always be honest with your parents, even if you did something wrong. (They’re smart. They know everything already. Trust me, I know from personal experience.) WORD OF ADVICE: DON’T DO ANYTHING STUPID. Use common sense.
- Physical Appearance:
- Glasses: A lot of people get glasses in middle school. They are so fashionable now so you don’t need to feel insecure.
- Braces: Before I started school I got braces, but I’m not worried because it’s not changing me at all. If you don’t make a big deal about them, nobody else will either.
- Acne: Most people start getting acne in middle school. Wash your face every night before bed (especially if you wear make-up). And just remember that everybody gets pimples, so don’t feel embarrassed by it. You are not alone.
So, good advice, yea? I’m very blessed to have a girl with her head on straight! I really hope your kids gain something from her post and that you have a successful school year! And a big THANK YOU to Marley for working so hard to put this information together!