Gaining Momentum in Quarter Two

High School Counseling Newsletter (Quarter 2) 2021-22

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Staying Organized- By learning different organization hacks for school now, you can help prevent things from piling up and becoming overwhelmed

1. Get Into a Routine- Creating a routine can help you stay consistent day-to-day and week-to-week. Write down your general weekly schedule on a whiteboard or calendar, then establish time blocks that you will spend doing your homework.

2. Set Rules for Yourself- Setting rules for yourself can help you understand what you need to complete each day and not feel rushed to complete an assignment. Some rules you could make to keep yourself on track might be: Complete all projects two days before the due date, Start studying for tests one week in advance, or Finish essays three days before they're due.

3. Write Everything Down- Write down everything — homework assignments, test dates, essay topics and even little details like how to turn in your paper. That way, you don't have to remember it, and you can use your writing as a way to double-check what you need to complete.

4. Set Your Own Deadline- Create a new deadline at least two days ahead of the actual class deadline. Plan ahead and complete the assignments according to your early due dates rather than the ones your teacher assigns.

5. Don't Multitask -Multitasking seems like it would be beneficial because you could potentially get more done in less time. However, it is more beneficial to focus on one assignment at a time, and only turn your attention to the next task when you've completed the first.

6. Use Tools to Stay Organized- You can find a vast array of school supplies dedicated to keeping your materials organized (colored binders & notebooks, agenda book, To-Do list on a white board, etc.)

7. Use a Planner- A planner can be one of the most useful tools for organizing your school work because you can visually see everything on your schedule. Write down all homework, projects and test due dates with one color and athletics, extracurricular meetings and family obligations with another.

8. Take Organized Notes- Notes will only be useful if you record them with a method you can understand later. These might include:

· Cornell method: Record only key points and questions rather than all the instructor's examples. Then, summarize the main ideas at the bottom of each page.

· Mind map method: Draw bubbles and lines and label them with key points to connect similar ideas.

9. Color-Code and Label Everything- Color-coding your materials is a visual cue that allows you to easily see what belongs together. For example, buy a blue folder and notebook for math, a red folder and notebook for science and so on.

10. Break Down Big Tasks Into Smaller Ones -Looking at everything you need to do for a big task, like writing an essay, can seem overwhelming and discouraging. By breaking it down into easily manageable parts, you can work on parts of the assignment each day and not feel rushed. (Example-

*Note: End of Quarter 1 & semester 1- 1/28/22


Before the End of the Semester- Highly recommended!

Please come see me before the end of semester one to make changes to your schedule. You don't need an appointment if it is a quick change. If you have multiple changes, please email me to make an appointment or pop down and Ms. Dedopoulos can help you with making an appointment.

Once the Semester has Started

On the first two days of the semester, students will go to their assigned classes. The only students that can come down for schedule changes on the first two days (1/31 & 2/1 Black Day), are those with empty blocks in their schedule during that specific block.

Schedule changes will only happen on days three and four (2/2 & 2/3) during the block you wish to change.

NHS School Counselor

I'm here to help.

Ms B (grades 9-12)

Ph: 603-292-7968

Fax: 603-659-1287

Need to book an appointment? Ms. Dedopoulos is here to help you with that or email me directly!