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How To Be Well Prepared For Tests

Hey guys!  I thought I would do another school related post today, since I haven’t done one in a while.  Taking tests at school is something we all have to do, whether we like it or not.  I don’t know about you, but a lot of the time I want to get good grades on my tests, but I don’t want to have to do extra work to prepare for them.  Sound familiar?  Unfortunately, we can’t just magically ace all our tests (wouldn’t that be amazing), we have to be confident in the material and show that we’ve learned something.  But what if you’re nervous that there will be something on the test you aren’t prepared for?  You want to study, but you don’t know where to start?  Here are some ideas to get you going:

1.  Ask Questions.                                                                                                                                                    If you are unsure how to do that math problem, or you don’t know what phenotype means in science class (a personal question I have), your teacher is there for you to ask them questions.  They won’t think you’re dumb if you ask them something, they will only think better of you for having the integrity and courage to do so.  If you don’t feel comfortable asking in front of the whole class, ask the teacher personally before you leave.  Chances are you won’t do well on the test if you have unanswered questions beforehand.

2.  Do The Homework.                                                                                                                                          This one seems pretty obvious and straightforward, but its the pure truth: if you don’t do the homework the teacher gives you, how will you know everything you need to know?  Teachers do not give homework to torture the students- it is a way for you to learn more and get more practice doing the material.

3.  Repetition Is A Good Way To Stick Things In Your Brain.                                                                       Flashcards or something of the sort are very helpful for me when it comes to tests.  When I need to know vocabulary words, I make digital flashcards on Quizlet, a free app that is SO helpful for studying.  You can take mini tests, match the word and definition in a matching game, or use the flashcards they make for you.  Also having someone like your mom or dad quiz you is great practice.

4.  Don’t Procrastinate Or Cram Five Minutes Before Class.                                                                       I have done this before, and believe me, you may remember a few of the things you crammed in your brain two minutes prior to the test, but being well prepared the night before will produce much better results.  Don’t wait until the day of the test to go over the review or ask others for their notes.  Study the night before, get some good sleep, and be ready and prepared when you arrive at school.

I hope these tips can be helpful for you in the future.  Comment below some of your strategies for doing your best on tests!

 

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What Does The Bible Say About Education?

The Bible is a great place to go if you want to learn more about a certain subject and what God says about it.  That is exactly what we are going to be chatting about this week!  Let’s see what the Bible has to say about school and education:

Proverbs 16:16, “How much better to get wisdom than gold!  To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

Learning and knowledge are both so much more valuable than material things!  You can have knowledge with you wherever you go and put it to good use in countless situations, whether it be taking a school test or ordering off a menu in a far away country (Glad you took that language class now, huh?).

James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

When God talks about “knowledge”, “education”, or “wisdom”, He  doesn’t mean just academic knowledge, He also means spiritual and Bible knowledge.  In God’s eyes it is so important to read the Bible each day and gain further understanding of Him, as well as what you learn in school.  If you ask Him to deepen your relationship with Him, He will gladly and generously answer that prayer.

2 Peter 1:5, “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge.”

Heighten your faith by practicing things like love, peace, and kindness and learn more about these things to live for God.  Knowing more about the world will help you to appreciate God for making it.  The outcome of having a deeper faith in Christ will be wanting to be more like Him, and the outcome of that will be wanting to be know more about Him.

So, to summarize:

-Knowledge is important                                                                                                                                       -If you want to know more about God, He will generously give you knowledge (a.k.a. His Word the Bible).                                                                                                                                                         -When you have a relationship with God, fill it with knowledge and understanding, as well as growth in Godliness.

From the Bible we can know that knowledge is really important to God. So, keep going to school!  Keep learning, reading, and praying.  Comment below on your favorite Bible verse and maybe it will make an appearance in an upcoming post! (You never know).

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A Reason for School

We all have those days where we just don’t want to go to school.  It’s totally normal, and some kids have more of those days then others.  When you feel like that, it’s hard to look forward to what God has in store for you everyday.  Some days His plan is for you to stay home from school, like on snow days or sick days, but most weekdays during the school year His plan is for you to go to school.  When you wake up in the morning to get ready for school, think about each part of your school day, and think of a way to maximize each part to the best of your ability.  Whether it is participating in more of the learning or having a better attitude towards a teacher or classmate, you will have an all around better day than you would’ve if you had just moped around and dreaded school.

One other thing you can consider doing every morning: Thank God that you have a great school to go to.  You get to learn awesome things and meet awesome people and read awesome books.  Learning in school is getting you ready for all the amazing things God wants you to do in your lifetime.  There are people out there in that big, wide world that don’t get to go to a good school, or any school.  In some places on this earth, people are not allowed to learn about Jesus.  I want you to take a moment right now this very minute to pray for those people, asking God to give them understanding about Him and the enormous love He has for them.  We can help these people by praying for them often, and also faithfully going to school.  Why?  Because at school we can learn about things that can help us to be able to help these people in big ways.  Think about it.  Learning another language can help you be able to tell people in other countries about Jesus.  Math can help you with business skills, like fundraising for a trip to another country.  Civics (or Social Studies) and Geography can help you learn about those countries.  These are just a few ways we can make a difference by learning. What other ideas do you have?