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Q: I didn't do so good on my report card this semester. I know I am really smart and if I just study I could be getting straight A's. But honestly studying is such a drag! I can't do it for anything. If anyone has any ideas of how I can make studying fun, then I would love that! Thank you!
Studying may not be fun, but there are ways to motivate yourself.

It's important to have a good study space. Many will say to have a quiet, clean space with no distractions. This may not be the case for you. Find out what works. Try studying on the couch, on your bed, on the floor, in the library, in a cafe. Study with music, without music, in front of the TV, with friends, alone. Figure out what works for you. It's different for everyone.

Scheduling can be a great tool. I like to tell myself I'll study a certain subject for a certain amount of time. I use planning tools (like Google Calendar) to block out the time that I will use after estimating how much time I will need to cover that subject. That ensures that the time I am supposed to spend studying isn't spent goofing off, and also ensures that I get some free time to enjoy myself instead of bashing my forehead into my textbooks.

I generally motivate myself with rewards. One tactic I've used in the past is small snacks like chocolate covered raisins. Finish a question, get a raisin. For larger-scale motivation, I also find that withholding things I like until I've finished a set amount of work is good. You can actually get apps that lock your devices for set amounts of time. If I would rather be playing video games, it helps to know that I'm not allowed until I've finished all my homework. The less procrastinating I do, the more fun I get to have after the fact.

I strongly suggest that you look into what type of learner you are as well. I'm sure you've heard of the 3 main types: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I had a lot of trouble until I learned that you can be a blend of multiple types. Figuring out how you learn best is a great way to make studying more fun. I'm a visual-kinesthetic learner, so I find that I learn best by doing things or by writing things down. If I just read I don't learn anything, but if I take down notes or do an experiment I'll have it down forever. I still remember a note that I had to memorize word for word back in grade 8 - I'm 27 now and can recite it back no problem because my friends and I created a series of hand motions to go along with it. Read up on study suggestions for the different types of learners and try out the ones that appeal to you. You may find that you learn best when you put your information to music, or that you do really well when you walk around while you study. It's important to take this into consideration, because it'll help you for years to come.

Q: 13/m
Ok I have to do a project in school on "Moose Disease". The problem is im not sure if it is the actual disease on moose or if there is another disease that is on humans. The reason i wonder this is the projects are in disorders or diseases mostly on humans so i dont know if there is some other disease. So i was wondering if anyone knows of moose disease on humans or anything else of moose disease or if it is just a disease that affects moose. Thanks for your help and have a nice day:).

We can't do your homework for you. It's unethical, and not really what this site is about.

If you're not clear on your assignment, ask your teacher.

Otherwise, a quick Google search will tell you just about everything you could possibly need to know on your topic.

Q: A represents a counting number. What does A equal if:


If you won't give me the actual answer at least tell me how to solve it. I'm in 5th grade, and I'm in a high math group. Me, nor my parents and my friend who's also stumped on this problem can't solve it.
This looks like a typo to me.

As far as I understand, a counting number is just a positive, non-fractional integer. The problem is that there's no whole positive number that, when added to itself, equals an odd positive number.

A+A = 2A, right? There's no way you can multiply a whole number by 2 and get an odd number. Looks like someone either made a mistake or intentionally wrote an impossible problem to get you thinking.

Q: I'm in 7th grade and I have a D in math. I try really hard, and turn all my homework in on time. I don't normally study, but even when I do I still get less than 50% right on my test. My mom puts a lot of pressure on me for failing. Don't tell me to talk to her about it, because I won't. Also don't give me crap saying "we'll quit being stupid then" or "get a tutor" and "just talk to her about it brat" because I already have cutting issues. But I need help
I know you don't want a tutor, but some sort of tutoring is probably advisable at this point. Tutoring doesn't have to cost money; sometimes all it takes is asking a friend or a teacher.

If you have good school habits (and it sounds like you do), chances are that your teacher would be more than happy to help you. Teachers won't go the extra mile for someone who blows off homework, doesn't study and sleeps through class, but they will for someone who turns in all homework on time and shows some real effort.

At the very least, talking to your teacher can help point you in the right direction. They should know about resources that can help you to improve your math skills.

Q: what are some good examples/ interesting ideas of thesis statements I can make about methamphetamine for a research paper? im having trouble zoning in one one topic. any advice?
Not being an expert on meth, and also not knowing what your paper requirements are, I can offer a few suggestions.

What I will often do for research papers is work backwards, starting with my supporting arguments and ending with my thesis. I'm not sure what level of schooling this is at (a post-grad research paper is very different from a high school level one), but it's worked for all of my standard reports in the past.

Write out the major points you've found, trying to sort them under common categories. There will likely be a few that stand out as being stronger than the others. Then, take those points and come up with a thesis that ties them together. This way, you're not stuck desperately researching, trying to support a thesis you've already written, and your arguments will be the strongest possible.

Q: I REALLY want to get into electrical engineering. As somebody who's already studying it, how is it? What's it like? Do you really enjoy it?

Sorry. I'm really curious.
If you're interested in electricity and have an aptitude for technology, then it's fantastic!

It's a lot of hard work. I have 25 hours of class a week, with 8 hours of that spent in labs. I end up doing about 25-30 hours a week of course work outside of class. Fortunately, the further in I get, the more I love the work and don't mind spending time doing it! You do have to enjoy what you're doing and not resent hard work. You can't skim by with a 60%. Out of hundreds in first year, there are typically only about 30-50 graduates at my school.

I'm taking an interesting variety of courses, including classes on computers and networking, communications and electricity and electronic devices. The course material is really cool in that it all starts to tie together over time.

The thing I like most about it is that there's no end to the possibilities. With education in electrical engineering, you can design robots, work with power generation, or control the processes in a factory!

Q: ok well i am doing and physics lab on electricity , what could i discuss in the discussion , and what should my results look like .
Without knowing what the experiment was, we can't help you with this specifically. Results vary depending on what you're doing, so we can't tell you what to look for unless we know.

As for the discussion part, generally I cover a few different things.

- what was expected to happen
- what actually happened
- what differences there were
- what accounts for those differences
- any sources of potential error

Q: I started a new semester at a different college. It's my junior year and school is kicking me hard! I'm an A-B student but this semester, I think I'll get C's in my classes. I'm a Biology major, so this really sucks and it will greatly bring down my science GPA! It's already a B! I don't know what to do but I'm so overwhelmed with my grades and school in general! I really do try my best but I'm so stressed out that I don't even want to try anymore. I already decided that I'm not going to medical school anymore because of the stress. I was thinking either PA or Optometrist but I dont think any school would want me. What should I do?
I'm not sure if russianspy was being sarcastic, but I can assure you that what you take and how you learn it is very important in college.

Don't fill up your timetable with "easy" courses. The only person you screw over is yourself. We bust our butts and pay out the nose for post-secondary education: it doesn't make sense to fart around wasting that colossal effort in the name of grades. If you're truly enjoying what you do (and have some aptitude), then you know you're in the right program. If not, then it's time to rethink your major.

The best thing you can do right now is talk to your academic advisor (or whatever their title is at your school). This person's job is to discuss students' academic futures with them. Any questions you have about your post-graduate studies and how a bad semester will affect them will be best directed to them.

Next, I would strongly suggest setting up an appointment with a counselor. Most colleges offer free counselling to students, because it's something that a lot of students need. We're all under enormous amounts of stress at this time, and if you're used to being a high achiever a drop in grades can feel like the end of the world. A counselor can help put things in perspective and help you figure out strategies to minimize your stress.

You've still got some time before finals (I'm just approaching my last round of midterms now) so there's always room to bump those grades up a bit. It's time to form some good study habits!

1) DO NOT CRAM. Seriously, don't. You won't remember a thing after, and it's especially important in the sciences to understand what you're learning thoroughly because a lot of it is cumulative. Your best bet is to study thoroughly over a longer period of time. I actually recommend closing the books at least an hour before the exam and stopping studying for that time period. Anything you try to cram into your head at that point will fly right out again, and all you succeed in doing is stressing yourself out unnecessarily. Take the time to relax.

2) Partner up! If you don't belong to a study group, join one or make one. It helps to have people to keep you accountable and to help drill you on memorization or explain things you're having trouble with.

3) Find a good study space. Not your bed, not your couch. Go to the library if you find yourself easily distracted at home.

4) Keep distractions to a minimum. That means turning off your cell phone unless you're expecting an important call, and it also means staying off Facebook! If you can't trust yourself to stay on track, you can get software to block your usage of certain sites.

5) Find out what works for you. For me, it's taking well-organized notes and doing all the review problems I can get my hands on. For others, it's flash cards. I like to listen to melodic death metal while I study, but you might want total silence. Experiment until you figure out what your study groove is.

6) Don't neglect your body and spirit for the sake of your mind! Make sure that you take a little time each day for exercise, and that you're eating healthily and regularly. Maintaining a decent sleep schedule is also important to make sure you're functioning at your peak. Try not to pull all-nighters, because the returns diminish greatly after a few hours of sleepless studying.

Don't go leaping into decisions about the distant future quite yet. You're still passing your courses and you're only in your junior year, so there's tons of time to get your grades back up. Worst case scenario, you can retake a course or two if you feel you really didn't get it. You've got your whole life ahead of you to achieve what you want to achieve, so take some of the pressure off of yourself. You can do this!

Q: hi im 16/f
i recently dropped out of high school (year 11) cause i moved houses suddenly (dads to mums) after some bad stuff happened.
i currently go to tafe full time. and because im in a new area i dont have any friends, so its really lonley.
its almost the start of a new school year and im thinking about starting up and repeating year eleven. yes i know starting at a new school is hard but ive done it before and i like it. thing is part of me doesnt think i should. like yes it would be great to know kids my own age, and not be sitting at home all day. and do my hsc so i have more options as to what i can do.
but im worried what happens if i hate it, or if at the end of it i dont want to go to uni..

should i go back to school, or finish tafe and go into full time work and save up so i can move out?
What you want to do is to keep as many doors open as possible.

Without a high school diploma it can be very difficult to find work. When you do find work, you're stuck with minimum wage labour for the rest of your life for the most part. Now, I'm not saying that that is the worst path for everyone, but it might close doors that you don't want to close.

There are tons of opportunities for people who graduate high school. You can go work straight out of school, or go to college or university or do an apprenticeship. You might not want to go to university at the end of high school, but you may find that what really interests you is becoming a tradesperson or something else that requires further education. By doing your high school diploma you're not only giving yourself time to figure that out but you're leaving your future open to those possibilities.

I know it sucks to have no friends in school. I'm a 25 year old female in a class of 17-19 year old guys, and it's really crappy having to go in with the prospect of awkward silence. It's just a matter of finding your inspiration elsewhere. Try to do the best you possibly can in school and celebrate your successes. And who knows, you might find some great friends along the way. As for hating high school, that's kind of a given. The good news is that as you go further in high school you get to choose more of your courses and customize your education to fit your interests. Do what you love :)

Q: My english teacher assigned us each different mysteries to do some research on. I got head shrinking. i asked my grandma if she knew anything about it and she said that when she was young and worked at a photo processing company and that someone that worked with her had a shrunken head. She said that the woman took a trip to Africa and was kidnapped and a tribe shrunk her head. Is this possible. If so could she really have lived through such a thing??
Not at all.

If you look up head shrinking, they didn't actually shrink the whole head. The process involved taking the skin off of the head and treating it so that it shrinks to around the size of a softball. There's no way that anyone could live through that!

Q: For school I am doing a project on Confucianism. Me and a group of people have to come up with a skit/activity thing on Confucianism, daoism, and buddhism. We invite like, 5 elementary schools to come and we go in the parking lot and if a kid comes up to us we perform. It's kind of a big deal at our school ( we are the only school who does so we are pretty proud) so I really want to do something good( also it's worth a lot of my grade) so I just need some ideas for a skit or a game or like some kind of food that has to do with any of those topics. Please I really need help!
Have you heard about the painting The Vinegar Tasters?

It's a painting that encompasses all of the religions you're looking to present. You may be able to work it into a skit.

Here's a great explanation of the meaning of the painting from one of my favourite books: The Tao of Pooh.

Q: hello,

I would like to know what subjects you tutor as I too need extra help at school.

You're barking up the wrong tree, but we can give you some advice on how to find help in school.

Teachers can be a great help if you're stuck on a few things here or there. Some even offer tutoring after school.

Smart friends are a fantastic resource. Nobody's good at everything, but everybody's good at something. Trade skills with your friends, or form a study group where you do homework together. Or just ask a friend of yours to help you out. Bribing with pizza or coffee might help.

If all else fails, you can always look for a tutor. Try local colleges or universities, or maybe your school has a peer tutoring system. At my high school I was registered as a free tutor in several subjects. You may need to pay, but a lot of tutors are willing to work within your budget.

Q: What are some Social Issues that can be found on Native reserves across Ontario, more specifically Walpole Island, if anyone is familiar.?
This sounds suspiciously like a homework assignment. We can't do your homework for you.

I did, however, google "Walpole Island issues" and found a gold mine. Give it a shot :)

Q: I am normally an A student, all the time. But I'm really worried because I don't know whether my eighth grade grades count for college or not. Here they are:

Science (Life Science): 106 (Extra Credit)
Math: 97
French (Pre-French I) 99
History: 90
English: 85
Art: 100
Music: 93, but I'm doing extra credit.
Health: 100
Gym: 100
Math Lab: 98-ish (not really sure)
Technology: honestly no clue but probably like in the lower 90's

Do my grades count for anything? Eighth graders at my school are not eligible for high school classes...but I really hate my History, English, and Technology grades. Report cards are coming soon and I don't want my English grade keeping me off the high honor roll...
No, your grades won't count... but your attitude towards your grades will count for the rest of your life, so I'm going to give you a little advice about that.

If this is how you're reacting to a 90+ average, you've got to re-think things. Your grades are going to drop in high school. And they'll drop again in university.

Rather than comparing your numbers to 100, compare them to the average. For instance, I got 75 in a course that I took in college. If I was looking at numbers alone, that would have killed me. However, the average was 52. Most people in the class failed.

Don't kill yourself trying to get that extra 1%. It's not worth it. For each percent above 95, you're looking at seriously diminishing returns. Having lower stress levels is better for you in the long run. If you burn yourself out in grade 9 or 10, you're going to have some serious trouble once you hit post-secondary.

So lighten up on yourself a bit. You're doing great. Keep working hard, but don't get down on yourself for not being perfect, because nobody is.

Also, keep in mind that English is a finicky subject. It's all based on someone else's idea of what is "good". With math or science, it's pretty much a case of "right or wrong". With English, it's not so clear, so your mark is dependent upon the whims of the teacher for the most part.

Q: I HATE my job so much! It's not the people or anything I just hate the fact that I'm not free to do what I want and I have to do what they tell me to. I'm 15 and my parents want me to work I've talked to them and they said I better not quit what can I do? I hate it so much that it makes my stomach hurt and I sometimes even cry when I go on break and stuff. I worked last summer and made it through the season but I dont want to do another season!
The nerve of them... expecting you to do what they tell you to just because they're paying you money.


You're not going to like my advice.

Suck it up, buttercup. We all have to work eventually, and sometimes that means doing things you don't want to do. I don't like every part of my job, but I do all of it because I am an adult and I need the money. Ask your parents: I bet they don't like a good chunk of what they do at work. You're learning an essential skill right now. You're learning how to deal with doing something you don't enjoy because it's what you have to do. That's called being responsible. Your parents are absolutely right in making you keep your job.

Find ways to make it fun. Set goals for yourself. Make friends. Try to make people smile. It goes a long way.

Q: I love animals more than any normal person should and i want a career working with them, i want it to pay good money so i can afford a place with enough room for my own animals. I have done nothing but research my whole life, and know a lot about exotic, and domestic animals and pets. I want a job which leaves me time to spend with my own animals. I was thinking about being an exotic animal vet. But where i want to live is more farm land, so should i become a live stock vet? Im open to ideas on good career choices.
I would strongly suggest trying to volunteer or work at a veterinary clinic before making a decision. I worked at one for a few years back in high school, and it was an eye-opener.

One of the vets once asked me "Why do you want to be a vet?", followed shortly by "If it's because you love animals, don't do it."

Why is this?

You don't get to play with fluffy puppies and kitties all day. The puppies and kitties think you're evil incarnate. They hate you. You're the one probing them, sticking them with needles and doing other unpleasant things. They're going to scratch, bite, growl, hiss and run away from you.
You're going to end up with any number of bodily fluids on you. When the above vet was asking the question, it was immediately after a dog had expressed its anal glands... in her face and hair. It's a dirty, tiring, emotionally draining and often unrewarding job. And it doesn't pay that phenomenally. You go to university, then post-grad, then you make about 60 grand a year. Not bad, but not the very best. Sometimes you have to put down animals who don't really need it. You have to be able to deal with surgery, with crying owners, with people who don't take care of their pets. There's a lot involved.

An exotic animal vet may make more, but there's a limit as to where you can work and how many openings there are. There aren't a whole lot of tigers kicking around the cities of Europe or North America. You'd probably end up working at a zoo, so you'd be around an urban center.

If you want time at home, you can open your own veterinary practice, but that takes a lot of start-up capital. Otherwise, you're going to have to deal with whatever hours the clinic you work for sets.

If you're planning on being a livestock vet, be prepared for some late night calls (birthing happens whether it's business hours or not), some gross jobs, some risk and a lot of hard, dirty work.

I'm not trying to discourage you by any means. It's just easy to get caught up in this image of veterinary work as a glamorous, animal loving job. If you just want to enjoy animals, you're likely best off just owning them and having a big fur family. If you are truly fascinated by the inner workings of their bodies, go for it!

Q: Is school Boeing to u
I love school. At least, now I do, being in post-secondary.

Up to grades 9/10 can get pretty boring because you have no choice in what classes you take. You're stuck taking a bunch of boring stuff you have no interest in because of prerequisites.

Once you hit later in high school, though, you generally have more choice. By the time I hit grade 12, I was able to choose all but one course (English) so I could take just the courses I was interested in (3 math and 3 science courses... sounds like fun, right?) There are many more options the further you get in high school.

In university it's even better. You choose what you study. That means that no matter what your required courses are, they should tie in to your area of interest.

In the end, though, it's all about your attitude. If you go into school thinking "Ugh, school," then you're going to be bored. If you go in thinking "I'm going to try and learn all that I can today," you'll be more engaged and take more out of it. And having a great teacher helps!

Q: Are you supposed to do homework by yourself, or with other people, so you can have a better advantage?

And why?

When people do homework together, without the teacher saying so, is that cheating? Or when people copy homework from other people. Or is that having the best advantage?

I thought you were only supposed to get answers from other people when you didn't understand something and needed help. But copying directly from someone else, or doing certain parts just to get the work done faster. It's not ethically right, and I thought that is not how homework is supposed to be either. But my mom thinks otherwise, and now I'm really confused.

I'm a 17 year old junior.. and it takes me longer to do work and everything cause I never cheat with homework like that. Honestly I'll admit I cheat occasionally on tests and quizzes, but I'll admit its wrong. If I spent more time studying, which I'm trying to do, to be a better student, I wouldn't have needed to do that. I only get answers when I don't understand something but I thought that's what the main point of homework was.. to only ask when you needed help. and there's a difference between having help and being lazy. at least admit its wrong.. people seem to act like its okay and everything. and then they wonder why our world is so f***ed up. from someone copying work from someone else to "get the best advantage" to a politicians avoiding taxes to "get the best advantage", its the same f***ing concept.

Are we supposed to try and have the best advantage or do what is ethically right? I am so confused.
I find that doing homework with others is advantageous because you have someone there to help you out if you're struggling with a problem, and you have a basis for comparison for your answers. If you and your friend both answer the same question and get totally different answers, you can compare and figure out which one of you is wrong: that's something a textbook can't give you. Both of you are doing the work, so you're not cheating.

Copying homework is technically cheating. However, I have been known to do it, especially if the homework is on something that I understand completely, and it's just page after page of busy work that will be marked. Why do I do it? Because I don't need the practice, and it's being forced on me. In cases like that, if it weren't being marked, I would just do every third or fourth question to check and make sure I have the right idea. I wouldn't do that for an assignment, though, because they aren't so much a matter of "did you do this work" as opposed to "where are you in your learning so far".

I do find it funny that you're comparing people cheating on homework to the end of morality as we know it, but you admit to cheating on tests. ;) Just think how much more time you'd have to study the things you NEED to study if you weren't stuck doing pages of questions about things you don't need to reinforce further.

Q: Is the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine a scam? I got an email today saying I was nominated, but then googled it and people are saying it is a scam. It says its only the top 1% of high school students, and I'm only a freshman so I'm confused how I got accepted and the upperclassmen didn't?
Some people say it's a scam, but it does have an A from the Better Business Bureau.

From what I've gathered, it is a legitimate program, but their manner of advertising is a little iffy. It's not nearly as selective as they make it sound. In fact, entire schools have received notification from the program.

Those who have done it say that it is a lot of money, but very interesting. It won't get you into college, but it could be good for developing an interest.

Q: I have this classmate and every boys in the class has a crush on her. It really annoys me, and maybe the other girls, too. And I'm afraid that I'll loose my guy friends if I tell my feelings about that girl. Is there anything I can do?
You would lose your friends if you said something, because it would make you seem jealous and petty.

There's nothing you can really do. Just suck it up and be content with the fact that crushes are shallow things based on superficial details. These guys may appear to be in love with her, but it's probably for her face and her body.

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My name is Amanda and I'm 26 years old. I'm currently studying electrical engineering. Armed with a fairly odd sense of humour and a sunny outlook on life, I'll take on just about anything. I'm also cussedly stubborn, which has its ups and downs. Things get tough sometimes, and I've never been one to run from it.

In my last 8 years with Advicenators, I've gone from honours student to failing out of university (and getting back on top again!), from single to married, from tenant to homeowner.

Until lately, I have been struggling with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and OCD, which had basically ruined my life and taken just about everything from me. I'm thankful every day for every experience I've had because of this ordeal, because it's helped to make me who I am today. Things like that really make you appreciate what you do have. Now that I'm back in work and school and starting to become myself again, I couldn't be happier. I credit Advicenators with saving my life back when I was a teenager, which is a big part of why I'm still here.

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