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School Supplies:
– A JanSport backpack
– 1 inch binder
– 8 Tab dividers with rounded tabs
– Graph filler paper
– College ruled filler paper
– 4 subject notebook (college ruled)
– Two pocket Mara Mi portfolio
– 1 folder
– Composition book
– Stretchable book cover
– Super School Kit w/ Locking Compass, Protractor, 2 Way eraser, 6″ Ruler, Pencil Sharpener
– Weekly, monthly planner
– Ruled Index Cards
– Casio fx– 115ES Plus Scientific Calculator
– Ticonderoga #2 Pencils
– 3 fun pencils
– Pencil sharpener
– Gel pencil pillows
– Elmer’s Glue
– Crayola 36 colored pencils
– 12 Foray highlighters
– 1 Master Lock
– Compact stapler
– Notebook 3-hole punch/ruler
– Two F-301 Ball point pens
– Eraser multi-pack

Beauty Kit:
– Sonia Kashuk makeup bag
– Secret clear gel deodorant
– TRESemme hairspray
– Bodycology Vanilla Sugar fragrance mist
– Small Conair hairbrush
– Dr. Scholl’s For Her Rub Relief Strips
– Yes to Cucumbers hypoallergenic facial towelettes
– Soft Lips Vanilla lip protectant/sunscreen (SPF 20)
– Colgate Wisp Max Fresh brushes
– L’Oreal Extra Intense black eyeliner
– L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
– Maybelline Dream Bouncy blush “Peach Satin”
– Maybelline Baby Lips balm “Pink Punch”
– Bobby Pins
– Gold hoop earrings
– Goody small claw clips
– Goody Ouchless ribbon headbands
– Remington hair ties

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By uniquelifestyles

http://makemestunningjade.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-become-youtube-beauty-guru.html

How to Become a YouTube Beauty Guru

 
Hey lovelies,
I get asked alot for advise and tips on how I started my YouTube Channel “Make me Stunning“.
I was planning on doing a video tutorial, but there is just so much information I figured a blog post would be easier and more informative!
So I want to run though the whole basics with you from, starting a account, equipment and creating amazing tutorials!

LETS START

 
CREATING A YOUTUBE ACCOUNT

First things first you will need to Create YouTube account (most of you might already have one).
But in the spirit of going back to basic here it is

Go to

http://www.youtube.com

All you need to do is click the Blue Button which is “Create A Account”
The it will take you to this screen this is where you fill out all your details
INCLUDING your user name! This is very important because it is the name that everyone will associate with you and your channel! Try and make it something that reflects you and your Channel.
 Also try and make it something simple, keep numbers and extra letters to a minimal this way your channel will be easy to find and most importantly easy to remember!
Also Try and make your password as STRONG as possible!
Once you have Created a YouTube account this will now also be your Google account (considering they are interlinked!)

 
DESIGNING YOUR CHANNEL

So onto the fun part! Designing your Channel. My Channel is on the “new” YouTube setting.
this is where you can add colour, banners, a profile picture and personal information about you and what your views can expect to see on your Channel. Channel Tags is also there! this will help others find your channel! Add thing that are relevant to your channel like
“makeup, cosmetics, tutorial, how to, beauty” and also your Channel name etc etc.

DONT FORGET! when your ready for people to see your Channel click on “make Channel Visible” otherwise it will come up as “in-active!”and your views will not be able to see or access your Channel.

 
EQUIPMENT YOU WILL NEED

Some of this is Necessary while others basically improve the quality of your videos its up to you how much you want to spend etc!

 
VIDEO CAMERA!

I reckon you already guess that though! Obviously the better the camera the better and clearer the video! I got mine as a present from my Hubby 1 year ago! its been a fantastic starting camera but soon i would like to upgrade!
If you can find a camera that has a swiveling view this makes filming a piece of cake! I use this as my mirror!
My Camera is a Sony Handy Cam DCR-SX43

I also highly recommend getting a tripod it will make your life 1000x easier!

CAMERA

This is up to you! but i love taking finished result photos. I use the flash on the camera i find this brings out the colour and the full look of the makeup!

 
COMPUTER & EDITING PROGRAM

Obviously you are going to need a computer and a editing program! I started off on a old Microsoft laptop heaver then a brick lol! The first editing program i had was “Corel Video Studios” it was ok. There wasn’t as many options you had with editing it was pretty basic, but a very good starting point!

Now Ive moved up in the world lol. I now have a iMac desktop computer (once you go Mac you never go back lol). Im now currently using iMovies. Which is fantastic! it took me a while to wrap my head around but once i got there it is incredible! You can change the colour of your clips, reduce noise and shake, you can add pictures and transitions. Also you can record voice overs!

 

 
LIGHTING

Lighting is very important to make a high quality video! Especially if its a beauty related video, you want your views to be able to see the exact colours that your using etc! Up until recently i was using sunlight only! This worked quite well, however sunlight is UN-predictable and i usually could only film at certain times of day. I now have bought some lights

 I have two sets to use either side of the camera to really lighten up my face, without creating shadows!
The globes that im currently using are just standard globes! BUT i did get the “white” light instead of the “warm” light! I feel it makes the light more natural without casting a yellow glow!

 
HEADSET/MICROPHONE

This is another thing that I’ve only had for a few months but it makes a huge difference!
I have a Logitech Headset.

This really cuts down any unwanted noise and makes your voice crystal clear! There is nothing worse then a tutorial that your cant hear or understand!
If your planning on NOT doing voice overs just remember when filming its a MUST that your in a quite area, and if your outside be very wary of wind!

BACKDROP

It is very important to have a nice backdrop for your movies. I have a few that i can choose from. Sometimes i sit in fount of my dresser so my jewelry etc are visible. This gives a more laid back feel, and i use this setting for more reviews and hauls! The only down side of that is the mirror! its not the best idea to have a mirror behind you as you dont want to create too many angles or distractions.

For more in-depth tutorials i hang a piece of coloured material or i just sit in front of the painted wall (be wary of power points etc). this minimizes all distractions so the view can focus on you and you alone!

PRESENTATION

This is just a quick tip! When your on camera and your representing yourself and your channel you need to be well presented. The views will notice EVERYTHING! trust me i know!
So if you can make sure your hair is well groomed, your wearing nice clothing and jewelry, your nail polish isnt chipped AND your eyebrows are in shape!
Its true alot of effort goes into making a 5min tutorial lol!

 
MAKING MOVIES!

So now that all out of the way, let the fun start!
Make tutorials that you want to! Diy and basic tutorials always go well! like
~Foundation Routine
~how to apply lipstick
things like that! Also music videos are great inspiration and red Carpet look! BUT other people will think the same so i recommend you be quick in getting the tutorial up! Because 100’s of other people will be doing the same look and the less versions out their the more chance you have of yours being seen! Same thing goes for music that has been out for years! try and re-create recent looks! If your stuck for inspiration ask your viewer if they have any requests!
Also try not to make your videos too long! I know some times its UN-avoidable BUT if a simple tutorial is too long you may end up loosing your audience or they will get bored so try to keep your tutorials under 7mins!
And finally be wary of spelling! (not that i can talk) but people will notice if you make mistakes, watch all your tutorials before you upload them and even get a friend or family member to triple check them for any mistakes.
AND i guess i should say be wary of the content and material you upload. Dont upload anything that would be considered offensive- as your videos can easily be flagged and removed.
Now the rest is up to you!

COPYRIGHT

Please dont upload anything that isnt yours! YouTube keep a close eye on all videos for copyright, and if your planning on applying for a partnership copyright will not be in your favor.
You may have your videos or even your account deleted, let alone legal fines.
Make sure all your content is owned by you or you have written permission from the owner to use their material.This will keep your account in “good Standing”.

 
UPLOADING

All editing programes will have a “Share” section where you can easily upload videos to youtube.
Otherwise you can upload videos through YouTube. One the YouTube homepage next to search and browse there is a “Upload” button! Click on it and follow the prompts. Once your video is uploaded click “edit info” and you can fill in all your details (below). Also you can choose what category you video suits best. ie. Music, Cars etc. For beauty videos i choose How to & Style. As well here is were you can allow or disable ratings, comments and video embedding. And make your video public or private.

TAGS

Video tags are the most important part of your video! they allow your video to be found by others so try and as many as you can, with the most relevant at the front of the list. You can also add in your YouTube name, and where your from if you like!
These are tags i used for a wedding makeup look.

 
DESCRIPTION BOX

the description box is very important! here i add everything, a short story about the tutorial that ive created. You can also list link to where to find you and any products used, and link to your other pages or channels or previous tutorials! You can also link previous tutorials by “creating a video response” in the comment bar.

THUMBNAILS

Thumbnails are equally important. these are the little picture of your tutorial! the better thumbnail the more enticing it will be to look at your videos. HOWEVER…only YouTube partners can upload their own thumbnail, everyone else will have to make do with what they have!
You always get given 3 choices of thumbnails that are taken at random parts in your movie. Sometimes you might be lucky and get a good one in there, other times you wont be as lucky! My advice to you is to upload your videos as “private” then look at the thumbnails if you like one thats fine make it “public” again, if not add a few seconds to your video then re-upload its amazing how a few seconds can drastically change your tutorial thumbnails!
KEEP IN MIND- to only use thumbnails that are relevant to your tutorial and that will not be considered offensive!

ANTIDOTES

These are just little links or speech bubbles you can add during your tutorial! I like to add in my foundation routine and also my brow routine this will cut down the length of your tutorial, by linking these routines rather then applying them every time in front of the camera.
Also its a great way for your other videos to get more views!

YOUTUBE PARTNER PROGRAM

As some of you may be aware YouTube offer a “partner program”.
I highly recommend to everyone to apply, its free and if you get rejected at first then you can simple re-apply the next month!
The Partner program offers many perks, such as a page banner, added page photos and the ability to upload your own thumbnails. ALSO you like you tutorials with AdSence and you start getting paid for your work!
Now dont be discouraged, i have no idea with the criteria is for becoming a partner. Many people had told me you need 1000’s of subscribers and masses of video view! But with me personally i applied when i had 300 subscribers, just to see how i would go, and i got it!
YouTube will review your account, videos and engagement etc. It may take a few weeks to hear back.
So just go for it!!
Here is how to apply
 http://www.youtube.com/partners

 
 
GETTING VIEWS & SUBSCRIBERS

Many Weights will try and scam you into buying subscribers, DONT fall for this, it is a sham!
Also many will offer SUB 4 SUB, its your choice where you go for this, but i feel like its cheating.
The best way to get Subscribers and view is to make great informative tutorials!
Also get out there in the YouTube community and make friends with others comment and rate others videos and build a relationship! I also reply to every comment i get! I love all my comments and for me this helps me build more of a relationship with my viewers!
Also ask your viewers to Rate Comment & Subscribe or Favorite the video!
Other then that the rest is up to you! Dont get discouraged but others some channels will grow faster then others, most of the time is purely luck!

 
INSIGHT

You can easily access your YouTube insight. Whether monthly yearly, its a great way to see how your doing in your tutorials. You can check what videos have been most popular, you can check where in the world your videos are watched and by who! Male female and age!

Also each video has its own insight inclining where your viewers found your video, or any sights that its been embedded on!

 
CYBER BULLYING

Well your putting yourself out their, so lets be honest its bound to happen! Just be prepared because not all comments will be nice or supportive, the majority are but there are always a few negative comments.
You can prevent this from enabling “comments with aproval only” or disabling ratings on your videos.
In my experience all negative comments including “dislikes” are purely for jealousy! If you have put the work in and made a great tutorial the only reason for “dislikes” etc is from jealousy! I have found that all the negative comments i get are from people who have no YouTube channel of their own. So of course for them its easy to be critical of others. My advice it to ignore and delete all negative comments. If its a certain person you can easily block them by going to their page and clicking “Block User”.

OTHER ACCOUNTS

If you like create or link Facebook, twitter, blog and email account to your channel and to your videos description box.
This will help build your fan base and make it easier for people to get in contact with you!

So i hope you have found this useful! PLEASE leave a comment letting me know what you
think! this has literally taken me days to perfect!
Lots of love

Jade

xxxxxx
By uniquelifestyles

Beauty

How to Become a Beauty Guru on YouTube

Edited by Neoncookiecruncher, Annie, Teresa, Vishal M and 12 others

There are a lot of successful beauty gurus on YouTube. If you like beauty too, and want to become a beauty guru on youtube, read this article to find out how.

 

Edit Steps

  1. 1

    Make an account. Pick a good username. Pick something catchy, that is easy to remember. (Avoid long strings of numbers.) Err on the side of being not too silly. When you get a little older (or get more subscribers) you might regret it. You can never go wrong with using your first name and then something that describes your channel, such as BeautyByRachel or TiffanyNails.

     
  2. 2

    Jazz up your channel page. Add a nice background, and modules like recent activity. A good way to get views is to set the video on your channel to autoplay.

     
  3. 3

    Start subscribing to other gurus! Watching other guru’s videos is a great way to learn about what types of videos are successful.

     
  4. 4

    Start making videos. Start with easy tutorials and keep them short and sweet! Then edit them using iMovie (Mac) Or Windows Movie Maker (PC). Make sure to have good lighting (sunlight or a bright inside light) and good audio. Speak clearly and loudly. Plan your videos out ahead of time. Keep them at around 6-8 minutes (or shorter), and try not to ramble, but instead be to the point and discuss the video topic. Try to make a new video every one to two weeks.

     
  5. 5

    Tag your videos when you upload them, and fill in the description box. This is how new viewers will find your videos, because they will find them through searching YouTube. Use a descriptive title as well. So instead of “My Hair Routine,” you should use, “My Curly Hair Wet Styling Routine for Shiny, Defined Curls.”

     
  6. 6

    Add your videos as ‘Video Responses’ to videos that are similar in topics and have lots of view.

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By uniquelifestyles

Seven steps to succeeding in middle school

 

By Marian Wilde

Hormones and changing bodies, locker combinations and big campuses, bullies and crushes: Is it any wonder that some middleschool students let their grades slip? But even the most flustered kids can succeed when they receive a little extra help at home and school.

A worried parent wrote to GreatSchools: “My son received good grades all through elementary school. When he went into seventh grade, the first year of middle school for him, there was a huge downward shift. I spoke with the principal, teachers and counselor. They said that they have seen a lot of seventh-graders slip at this age. Why should seventh grade make such a difference?”

Bye-bye, cozy elementary school

The transition away from the coziness of elementary school can be hard for some kids. “Children have usually been at their elementary school for a number of years and it starts to feel like home,” says Kathy Glass, a former middle school teacher and an author whose focus is curriculum and instruction. “Typically, two or more elementary schools feed into a middle school and this can be a social distraction for a new middle-school student, where old friendships might come undone and new ones develop.”

Middle school means “time to get organized”

Middle school requires students to be more independent and better organized. “Students move from one classroom to another as opposed to being in a single, self-contained class with one teacher. Maybe a student is not comfortable with the variety of teachers and their varied expectations. This could be challenging for a child,” says Glass.

A parent can listen, sympathize and guide a child through the social and physical maze of adolescence, but it’s also important to clearly communicate expectations that he will focus on his work and succeed in school.

Even the most focused child needs parental support when the homework load increases, becomes more difficult and requires analytical skills he may not have developed yet. What can a parent do to help? Here are some suggestions:

Seven steps to getting your child on track

1. Offer hands-on guidance.

If necessary, go to bat for your child with teachers, counselors and other staff at the school. Give generous guidance, including monitoring her homework, while remembering that it’s her homework, not yours. You can help by asking questions that lead her to her own solutions. For example:

  • What information do you need to do this assignment?
  • Where are you going to look for it?
  • Where do you think you should begin?
  • What do you need to do next?
  • Can you describe how you’re going to solve this problem?
  • What did you try that didn’t work?
  • What did you try that did work?

2. Help him get organized.

Organization is the key to middle-school success. Help your child develop a system to keep track of important papers. If he tends to forget to turn in homework or can’t quite keep track of how he’s doing in a class, it might help to get him a binder with a folder in the front for completed work ready to be turned in and a folder in the back for papers returned by the teacher.

Make sure your child has – and uses – a planner to keep track of assignments. Some schools provide these to students, and if not, you might want to work with your PTA or parent organization to provide planners at your school. Help your child get in the habit of writing down each daily assignment in each subject and checking it off when it’s complete.

Communicate with your child’s teachers. If your child is struggling with organizational skills, talk to the school counselor or teachers about what might be causing the problems and brainstorm approaches to solve them.

3. Teach time-management skills.

Time management becomes vitally important in middle school. Educators often start teaching time-management skills to students in fifth grade, but your child will most likely need reinforcement to make the process a habit.

First, make sure your child refers to her day planner/calendar on a regular basis. Teach her to divide up her work over the number of days allotted for the assignment. This will create smaller, manageable subtasks out of the larger, more daunting tasks. Large projects can create anxiety for students who are new to the process, and you will be helping your child by walking her through it the first few times and by enforcing the schedule you have devised together. A big research project will seem less overwhelming and will be less likely to be left until the last minute if it’s done in chunks, each with its own deadline.

Encourage her to estimate how long each assignment will take. She can then plan a realistic schedule, building in study breaks after subjects that are most challenging. Helping your child keep track of time spent studying – rather than staring at a blank page – will help her think about how she’s using her time. If she’s spending too much time on a subject that might be a signal she needs extra help or tutoring.

4. Develop note-taking skills.

Teachers will frequently start teaching the basics of note taking in elementary school but some students will need further guidance from parents or tutors. Taking good notes requires students to evaluate, organize and summarize information. It’s a key survival skill your child will need through high school and beyond. Taking notes in class: Writing at the speed of speech can be daunting even for an adult. These tips may help your student as he develops his own system:

  • Start a new page for each new class each day. Date it. Leave space between topics or ideas so you can scan the page more easily later.
  • Take down key words and concepts, not sentences. Develop your own system of abbreviations or symbols (such as w/ for with or math symbols such as > or =) to take down key points. Here are some abbreviations to get you started from theEnglish-Zone Web site.
  • Listen for word clues from the teacher. Teachers often signal what’s important to note, using phrases such as “The three incidents that led to the War of 1812 were…” Here are someexamples of word clues.
  • Review notes after class to make sure they’re accurate and complete. Doing this just before starting homework in a particular subject can help a student focus on the topic at hand.

Taking notes from reading: As a student moves through middle school, he’ll need to develop the ability to take good notes – from class lectures, reading assignments and research materials. That’s where parents can help, says author and California high school teacher Jim Burke.

“Sometimes you have to sit down and say, here’s this whole chapter. How do you decide what’s important? What are you going to use these notes for? To take a test? To write a paper?” said Burke, whose The Reader’s Handbook explains reading strategies and tools for high school students. “Students who don’t take notes well, don’t use them,” he says. “They lose faith in the process.”

Many experts advise students to pre-read a textbook chapter to get an idea about what it is about, rather than simply wading in. Students can grasp the main themes by first reading the introduction text, subheads, graphics, photo captions, summary paragraphs and study questions at the end.

Getting an overview will help your child focus on what’s important as she starts to take notes, rather than getting mired in the details.

Burke prefers to use the term “note-making” – making meaning from information – to the more passive “note-taking.” Note-making, he says, is “manipulating information to make it sticky.” Some students can make information “stick” by making outlines. For other more visual learners, colors might work better. Burke gives the example of one student who went back over her science notes using red highlighter to indicate blood and blue for oxygen.

Finally, if your child is struggling, she may be having trouble reading. Ask her to explain a chapter she’s read. If you can see that her comprehension is a problem, make an appointment to talk to the teacher or her counselor so you can get her the help she may need.

5. Help hone your student’s budding study skills.

Studying for tests is a skill. For struggling students, it’s a mystery. “Unsuccessful test takers don’t know where the questions come from,” says Burke. “The kids who don’t succeed tend to think the others are lucky.” Some tips to remember in helping your child:

  • Your student can practice active learning when studying – highlighting his notes, using Post-its to mark key textbook passages, making study cards, and mapping and diagramming concepts.
  • Some students focus better in the morning, others at night. Help your child find the times that his efforts will be most effective.
  • Sometimes we just have to memorize. You may have used a mnemonic like Roy G. Biv to remember the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet). Inventing your own silly mnemonic together works just as well and can lighten up a study session.

6. Meet with the teacher or teachers.

Is there one teacher in particular that your child finds difficult? If so, work on ways to smooth over the problem areas. Maybe it’s understanding how the teacher gives homework or what his expectations are. Usually, an email exchange, a phone call or a visit after school will clear up misunderstandings between teacher, student and parent. A middle-school teacher can have as many as 90 to 150 students to interact with each day, and students need proactive parents to help them understand each teacher’s methods.

7. If all else fails, it might be time to hire a tutor.

For articles and tips on hiring a tutor, visit our Tutoring and Homework Help section.

Laura Hendrick, a literacy coach in Santa Rosa, California, advises: “Kids may try to push you away in middle school but they still need you. Be firm; establish accountability measures. I haven’t seen a case where a student didn’t need parental support in middle school both academically and emotionally.”

GreatSchools staff writers Lisa Rosenthal and Linda Strean contributed to this article.

Reading tips for middle-schoolers

The keys to becoming a successful reader in middle school include learning organization skills and sophisticated reading strategies. Laura Hendrick, a literacy coach in Santa Rosa, California, has these suggestions for students:

  • Create an organization system at home. Keep binders neat and have a file for completed papers.
  • Practice reading. Read every day and particularly during the summer – the more practice the better. It doesn’t matter what genre you read, just make sure you are reading.
  • Read questions at the end of each textbook chapter before reading the chapter; use headings and subheadings as cues.

In their book, Reading for Understanding: A Guide to Improving Reading in Middle and High School Classrooms, authors Ruth Schoenbach, Cynthia Greenleaf, Christine Cziko and Lori Hurwitz advise the following for students who get confused when reading a text:

  • Ignore the unclear part and read on to see if it gets clearer.
  • Reread the unclear part.
  • Reread the sentence(s) before the unclear part.
  • Try to connect the unclear part to something you already know.

Advice for parents of middle-schoolers

High school teacher Lance Balla suggests the following:

  • Understand what kind of learner your child is. Does he need silence to concentrate? Then make sure the TV is not on when he is studying. Provide an appropriate learning environment at home.
  • Stay engaged with your child and her teachers. Be proactive. Don’t wait until the first report card. Make sure you know what is expected of your child and that he is meeting the teacher’s expectations. If you wait for the report card, it may be too late. If your school has an online grading system that you can access, make sure you log on frequently to see how your child is doing.
  • Create a college-going culture at home. Emphasize that you expect your child will go to college.
  • Model good reading habits. If your child sees you reading, then he will be more likely to become a reader, too.

Suzanne Owen, English teacher, literacy coach and mother of four in Antioch, California, suggests these tips:

  • Subscribe to a newspaper and encourage your children to read it. Newspapers provide more detail and background than the Web or sound bites on TV. Newspapers also help make connections between what appear to be disparate bits of information.
  • Talk to your kids about what they are learning; not about grades, but actual content.

New School Collection

How to take great notes

Taking good notes requires students to evaluate, organize and summarize information. It’s a key survival skill your child will need through high school and beyond.

By GreatSchools Staff

Your child may be able to type “CUL8R” faster than any of his text-messaging friends, but that doesn’t mean he understands the process and purpose of taking notes.

As he moves through middle and high school, he’ll need to develop the ability to take good notes — from class lectures, reading assignments and research materials. That’s where parents can help, says author and California high school teacher Jim Burke.

“Sometimes you have to sit down and say, here’s this whole chapter. How do you decide what’s important? What are you going to use these notes for? To take a test? To write a paper?” said Burke, whose The Reader’s Handbook explains reading strategies and tools for high school students.

“Students who don’t take notes well, don’t use them,” he says. “They lose faith in the process.”

Burke prefers to use the term “note-making” — making meaning from information — to the more passive “note-taking.” Note-making, he says, is “manipulating information to make it sticky.” Some students can make information “stick” by making outlines. For other more visual learners, colors might work better. Burke gives the example of one student who went back over her science notes using red highlighter to indicate blood and blue for oxygen.

Taking notes in class

Writing at the speed of speech can be daunting even for an adult. These tips may help your student as he develops his own system:

Start a new page for each new class each day.

Date it. Leave space between topics or ideas so you can scan the page more easily later.

Take down key words and concepts, not sentences.

Develop your own system of abbreviations or symbols (such as w/ for “with” or math symbols such as > or =) to take down key points. Here are some abbreviations to get you started from the English-Zone Web site.

Listen for word clues from the teacher.

Teachers often signal what’s important to note, using phrases such as “the three incidents that led to the War of 1812 were… …” Here are some examples of word clues.

Review notes after class to make sure they’re accurate andcomplete.

Doing this just before starting homework in a particular subject can help a student focus on the topic at hand.

Taking notes from reading

Many experts advise students to pre-read a textbook chapter to get an idea about what it is about, rather than simply wading in. Students can grasp the main themes by first reading the introduction text, subheads, graphics, photo captions, summary paragraphs and study questions at the end.

“Pay attention to anything the textbook publisher has used typographical features to emphasize,” says Burke, who has put together an online pre-reading guide. (Downloading this PDF file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free if you click here.)

Getting an overview will help your child get focused on what’s important as she starts to take notes, rather than getting mired in the details.

Accuracy and attribution are essential skills journalists learn in preparing their stories. These skills are equally important to your student when she is preparing to write a research paper or take a test.

Help her learn to summarize information in her own words, rather than copying the textbook. This will ensure that she understands what she has read and help her learn it. Help her get in the habit of putting quotation marks around passages that are direct quotes from an author so she can attribute words that aren’t her own.

Finally, if your child is struggling, she may be having trouble reading. Ask her to explain a chapter she’s read. If you can see that her comprehension is a problem, make an appointment to talk to the teacher or her counselor so you can get her the help she may need.