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Note-taking Tips for Students

October 21, 2014

TakingNotesWhat is note-taking? It is the process of writing down important information from a class so you can review and study it later. There are different ways to take notes so find a way that works for you! Understand that note-taking is a long process and a skill that you develop over time.

So we put together some simple tips on how you can take notes!

Organization is important.

Organization is the key. So it is very important to keep your notes separate from other pieces of paper, like homework, hand-outs, or worksheets. You should create a separate section for your notes. Writing your notes on a piece of loose leaf is a good idea, but if you tend to lose your papers, it might be best to write your notes in a notebook. Before you start taking notes, write down the date of the class and the lesson title. This way, you can easily track your notes and figure out what was discussed during each class. Then sort your notes chronologically by date.

Review, review, review.

After taking notes, you should read it and review it regularly. The best time to review is after class or later in the same day. You do not need to study it; just spend 15 to 30 minutes to go over the notes. When reviewing your notes, it is a good idea to highlight or underline important ideas or information and add any information that you might have missed during class. (Also, reviewing you notes prepares you for that pop quiz your teacher might give the next day!)

Ask questions.

Do not be afraid to ask your teacher to repeat any information you missed. If your teacher is going too fast for you, chances are your classmates will also feel the same. If you are shy and do not want to ask during class, talk to your teacher after class.

Remember, everyone has their own way of taking notes. You will have to figure out and find the best way that will work for you!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

I Need a Study Buddy!

October 16, 2014

Find-Study-BuddySometimes studying along is very boring. There are a lot of advantages of having a study buddy. A study buddy can help you find a different study method or a different way to look and analyze the notes. It’s also a great motivation to get each other studying.

Ask your friends.

Sometimes, your friends might be the best study buddies for you. Talk to friends that take the same classes as you. Or you can study with a friend who has already taken the class. This brings us to our next point…

Find the right study buddy.

Finding the right study buddy is important because you do not want someone who loves to play. You should study with someone who can concentrate and does not like to fool around when studying. Do not study with someone who can distract you easily. Also, you need a person who can teach and study with you, not a person who fights and doesn’t know what you are studying at all.

Move around the Room.

If you are sitting in one place, then you might not be able to meet your ideal study buddy. Your study buddy could be sitting anywhere in the classroom. If you can, sit in a different seat every day and talk to everyone in the class.

Having a study buddy can make the studying process easier and also help your get better grades!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Ways to be a Good Listener in Class (For Students)

October 14, 2014

????????????????????????????????????????It is important for you to be a good listener so you can understand what you are learning in class. Most of what you learn in class is taught verbally by your teachers. So let Voki give you some tips on what you can do to be a good listener in class.

Be prepared.

Before you arrive to class, make sure that you completed all your readings and homework. Review your notes from the last class. Reviewing your notes can help you figure out what you’re going to learn in your next class. Be prepared with questions for your class, if you have any.

Stay away from distractions.

Do you have a group of friends who always text or pass notes in class? Do you have a friend that always save you a seat for you during class? If you want to be a good listener, you will have to stay away from them. Try sitting close to the front of you class and closer to the blackboard.

Take notes.

While your teacher is teaching, start taking notes. Taking notes will require you to actively listen to what your teacher is talking about. When your teacher say “ The most important point…” or “Remember that…”, it is a signal for you to jot that information down. Learn how to take notes quickly and develop your own abbreviations and notations.

Learning to be a good listener takes time. So you have to be patient and work on it!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

How to Increase Parent Involvement in School

October 9, 2014

2008familyThere’s a study that shows that when parents are involved at school, their children are 30% more successful. But sometimes, parents are not invited to be involve with their child’s learning process. Parent involvement is much more than joining the PTA or attending parent-teacher conferences. Administrators can take steps to help increase parent involvement. Let’s get started!

Ask parent to get involved.

The very first step is to reach out and ask parents to get involved with school activities. Send out invitations to different school activities, like school assemblies or concerts. It’s a great way for parents to understand the school’s culture and have a chance to talk teachers, staff members, and the administration.

Send out e-newsletter.

Sometimes, students may lose school fliers and newsletters. (Or it’ll sitting at the bottom of the book bag.) Creating an e-newsletter is easy and quick. Also, you can deliver it directly to parents’ email. But remember, not all parents have an email so it’s good to have a hard-copy ready for those who need it.

Provide online access to student data.

Parents are very concerned about their child’s attendance and performance in school. So it’s good to providing parents with access to their child’s data and educational information. There are many online tools that schools and administration and use to provide these information. It can help parents track their child’s progress in school and take action if their child needs help in school!

What other ways do you think schools can do to increase parent involvement?

Until next time,

Eva. D

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Ways to Use Instagram in Class

October 7, 2014
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instagram-logoA lot of teachers are using Twitter and Facebook within their classroom and school. And Instagram is revolutionizing the way we share photos online. But only a handful of teachers are using it in class. This is probably because sharing pictures of your students raises a lot of privacy concerns. Therefore, you can create a classroom Instagram account and set it as private. So you, as a teacher, should have full control over who the followers can be. (Hint: It should only be parents, students, or other classes in your school.) Also, a fun hashtag is a good way to keep track of everything.

So here are some fun ways that you can use Instagram in class:

Student of the Week

Showcase a different student in your class each week. Introduce your student-of-the-week with a quick short photo post of hi/her. Then, you can let your student take control of the camera for the week! Let him/her share photos of fun activities happening in class. Of course, you’ll have to set guidelines and make sure that the content is school-appropriate.

Share/showcase students’ work

Throughout the school year, take pictures of your students’ work and post it to Instagram. Parents and family members can follow the account and keep up with their child’s progress. But make sure that the account is private so that online parents, students and the school can follow!

Reading recommendations

Have your students take a picture of their favorite book to post to the class Instagram account. Encourage your students to go through the book list to see what their classmates recommend for the next reading!

Instagram is a great tool for teachers! Let us know how you use Instagram in class!

 

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Ways to Pay Attention in Class (for Students)

October 2, 2014

labortolistenDo you want to pass class but it’s hard to pay attention? But sometimes, class is so boring but you know you need to pay attention in class so you don’t miss any important information. What can you do? Stare out the window or doodle on your notebook?  Here are some easy tips for you to pay attention (and avoid distractions) in class!

Sleep!

Yes, sleep is very important if you want to pay attention and focus in class. If you say up too late, it will be hard for you to focus during the day. If you are under 12 years old, you should sleep about 10 hours a day. If you are older than 12, you should sleep about 8 or 9 hours of sleep. But everyone is different. This means that some people might need more sleep and some people might need less sleep. Remember that oversleeping can cause to you be tired during the day too!

Sit up.

Your sitting posture is also very important for class. Avoid slouching while sitting or putting your head down. If you sit like that, you will have a hard time staying away and focused. So, sit up! Also, it would be good if you most around a little. When you shift your sitting position from time to time, it can help you with your blood circulation and send more oxygen to your brain.

Eat the right food.

Eating the right food can provide your brain with the right nutrients. So talk to your parents and see what your diet is and decide if you need to eat different foods. You will need to eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins. If you like caffeine, try to avoid it. It can help some people focus but it can also cause people to become too jittery to pay attention. (Also, you don’t want to have a caffeine crash.)

It is always important to pay attention in class. How do you stay focused in class?

Until next time,

Eva D.

Voki Community Manager

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Simple Ways to Improve Student Motivation

September 30, 2014

article-new-ehow-images-a08-9f-gv-keep-children-school-800x800Remember sitting in class and falling asleep because your teacher is “boring”? Or that time you drew hearts on your notebook instead of paying attention? Or that group of kids So you definitely know that some students are experiencing this in class. We all know that teaching isn’t easy, especially trying to motivate them to learn.

Allow students to work together.

Research shows that when students work together in groups, they will retrain the material longer. By putting them into small groups, students can motivate one another to reach their goal. Also, group work provides a change of pace from the usual classroom activities. But you will need to make sure that the groups are well-balanced so that all students are sharing the same amount of work.

Learn your students’ names.

Learning your students’ names is a great way to let your students know that you are interested and cares about them. It can create a great learning environment that motivates them to work harder because they want to get good feedback and praises from you. If you have trouble learning their names, we have a post that can help you remember their names.

Give helpful feedback.

Feedback is a great way to motivate your students to do better. It has to be clear and meaningful. It allows your students to see where they can improve and what their strengths are. It shows that you care about their success and wants to help them succeed in school. Feedback can help transform your students’ learning. We have a great post with 4 ways to provide feedback.

There are many different ways to motivate students in class. What other ways do you recommend?

Until next time,

Eva D.

Voki Community Manager

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

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