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Student Success Skills (Part 2)
Short-Term Goals

Thinking about the future can be a stressful thing, and as a result, it may be difficult to act towards the "bigger picture." So, by setting short-term goals accomplishing the larger goal becomes more attainable. These goals include things like: tests, homework or a good attendance. 

Try setting goals at least once every two weeks to meet that long-term goal.

My favorite part of goal setting is the reward. After achieving your goals, think about how you are going to reward yourself so you have an extra incentive to do work. 

Another tip is to write them down (goal description, achievement date, reward), so you can see what you've achieved in the past and what you want to achieve in the future. COntinually ask yourself, during this process, "Are these goals helping me perform better?" and "Will this short-term goal help me reach my long-term goal?"

Letting others know about your personal goals, and educating yourself about what other people are doing to do better can be beneficial. So, what are your short-term goals?  

Student Success Skills (Part 1)
Staying Motivated to Do Well

Motivating yourself is a difficult thing. To some people, the process comes naturally: studying for five hours a day, being punctual, etc. However, many others find it difficult to bring themselves to study, complete their homework, or even attend class. If you are one of these people, then finding a way to motivate yourself is essential. 

1. Set time out to do things not related to school

This may sound counterproductive, but the key is being responsible for the amount of time you dedicate to going to the gym, hanging with friends or laying in bed watching netflix. The purpose of this break is to clear your mind. Low energy can suck the drive out of you, so use fun time sparingly to recharge yourself. When you return to your school work that you can keep pushing through it as you know you'll be rewarded with a break on the weekend. 

2. Surround yourself with motivated students

If you have friends who like reviewing class material and are aiming to excel, then the temptation to go out rather than study may decrease. If you have the same course, bounce ideas off each other and use each other to learn the information in a more fun way. 

3. Make a checklist

Honestly, checking something off my to-do list is extremely satisfying. Seeing what I have to do in writing helps me stay on task. Even simple tasks like putting away the dishes makes me feel like yes I can do this! This small action encourages me to do more until I finally have enough motivation to finish that 10-page essay that I've been putting off. After countless hours of working on it, let yourself feel proud for accomplishing that grueling task. 

4. Changes in Perspective

Things to think about:
Do you want to look back and regret things that you could have done differently?
The harder you work now the more you will benefit from it in the long run.
Dwell on your success, not your failures - use your mistakes to learn

Listening to inspirational videos or consulting an experienced professor or counselor can help keep challenges in perspective. 

VIdeos to try
Kid President: A Letter to the Future from Kid President; 20 Things We Should Say More Often
Soul Pancake: What’s Stopping You From Achieving Your Goals?; The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude; Never Would I Ever …
Teen Driving
Hello, I am writing an article on how high school students should wait until they are older to get their driver's license. I find that especially for students who live in big cities with accessible public transportation, getting a driver's license at the age of 16 is useless and time consuming. Studying for the G1 test or going to a driving school can take time away from studying, and getting a G2 raises insurance even if the student does not drive frequently. If anyone has any interesting stories on driving as a teen (if you have driven under the influence or been involved in a car accident), or other opinions to share on the topic it would be much appreciated! Thank you.
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What do you love about student life?
Being a student is a major part of your life. You go from elementary to high school to university, and so many crucial points of growth happen at this time. You learn and experience new and different things. So, what is your favorite thing about being a university student? Do you like the lectures, the freedom, the food around your campus?
How do you stay mentally healthy?
School is stressful and when one is unable to cope with its pressures it can lead to things like depression and anxiety. Add on more issues like conflicts with parents, friends, and SOs and it can get worse. 

So I want to know how do you keep the pressure off? What are some ways that your school addresses topics like mental health and create a safe space to talk about it? I've heard of some universities that offer three sessions of counseling a year or have a dog therapy session, for example. What helps you cope?
Essay Writing
I was wondering if anyone had some tips for writing a good essay for English class? I'm not the best writer but I really want to get better!

Thank you
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Will I be able to do well in grade 12 chem?
I fast tracked grade 11 chem in grade 10 and ended up with a 75%. I was wondering if it is possible to still get 85+ in grade 12 chem then? I'm already working in fixing my study habits but does anyone have any tips for chemistry
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Grade 12 Finals
Hey yconic,

I live in BC and my high school finals are typically at the end of January when the semester ends. The weeks go by fast and exam time will soon be right around the corner. Here is how I prepare for my exams:

1. Study over a long period of time

Since my exams are in January, I start preparing during Christmas break, 3-4 weeks in advance. I start with a little each day, organizing my notes and assessing what chapters are my strengths and weaknesses.

2. Prioritize Subjects

When I  start studying, I first narrow down the load. I would go crazy if I tried to study every line in the textbook, so I focus on the important topics by referring to the study guide or ask a classmate/teacher. After I've covered the major sections, then I fine tune with details. Also, it is important to identify which subjects I need more help on. Because I normally have more than one exam occurring, I see which subjects I'm struggling with and commit more time to it. For example, I know my lowest test mark was on trigonometry in math, but I did well on logs. I'd study trigonometry first and make sure I grasp what I did wrong and fix it. 

3. Identify your preferred study methods

There is no one way to study effectively. People understand concepts better using different methods. Even for various subjects I use different methods. For example, in biology which requires memorization, I use flashcards to quiz myself, color code my notes to focus on important terms and read it out loud to listen to my notes. However, in chemistry, I practice old tests and find ones online to get a grasp of the concepts. Other methods that you can try include: watching related youtube videos by vlogs like crash course and khan academy, make a mnemonic device, debate topics with a friend, write a song or funny story or create a visual web.

4. Relax

When its finally the night before the exam, I take down the intensity of studying and even take a break. It's difficult at first because instinct tells me to keep cramming but in the end, it stresses me out even more. So I review some notes, watch a related ted talk, or review my flashcards if I want some last minute practice. Still, my main focus is to give my brain a breather because I want it fresh for the exam. On that note, I try to get a good night's rest, even though I may be tempted to stay up and cram. Yet, to write an exam, we need the energy to focus and read questions thoroughly. On the day of the exam, I try to keep my mind focused on other topics and do some mild activity like going for a walk. When I get stressed, I remind myself that I've written exams before so I must trust myself and what I've studied, and breathe. All will be well.

How do you de-stress?
When it comes to tests and exams, I easily get stressed out. So I try to calm myself to refresh my brain and think clearly by working out, drinking some tea and watching a funny movie (anyone Monty Python fans?) or taking a warm bath. Everyone has different ways that work for them to get rid of stress. What are some of your ways to de-stress?
TD Scholarship
Has anyone here applied for the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership? I'm typing up my application right now and looking for any advice about it. What types of volunteering did you do? Is it better to have more items listed? What kind of things make an application for a big scholarship like this stand out?
Approach to schoolwork in high school vs university
So this topic I think is pretty relevant to many people on yconic. For many of you in high school, you always hear that university is this massive jump from high school because there is a ton of work and it's easy to fall behind. It been almost two months of university for me now and I notice that I've changed A LOT in terms of how I approached schoolwork. So I wanna share some reflections I have of my work ethic now (in first year) vs my work ethic back in high school. 

-Work in university in much faster than in high school. Most of your work is done outside of lecture so doing readings prior to class is super important. Unlike in high school, consistency is key. If you are consistent in keeping up to speed with readings, you will have an easier time understand what is being discussed in class. 

-Making notes is key. In high school, I never made a single page of notes. I would just binge the chapters in the textbook that were being tested on the night before the test. However, in university, I find that there is so much being tested on at once that reading the textbook the night before is just ineffective. Rather, making precise and accurate notes is more effective as a test preparation strategy than binge reading. 

-Coming to class is less important. In high school, class was from 8-4 every day and it was hard to legitimately explain why you missed a class. However, in university, no one cares if you show up. I've skipped class to finish work in other classes. Not only that, you spend on average 4-5hrs a week on a class so skipping one class isn't a big deal. In university, you find that even if you skip a lecture, you can easily catch up by reviewing the lecture slides/presentation posted in class and reading the textbook. 

If you're in high school, do you often hear that university is a big jump? Have you developed a good work ethic already or are you still kind of slacking? If you're in university, have you had the same experience as me? Do you agree/disagree with me?
AMA: Student Council, Rowing Coxswain, High School Senior, UVic Applicant
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of the Yconic Student Ambassadors for 2017-2018. As a student in high school, I can easily relate to any questions you may have and am readily available to help you. So feel free to ask me anything and I answer back speedily! 

About me:
- Student Athlete: joined many sports from basketball to volleyball but transited onto the water for rowing 
- On Student Council for two years as Fine Arts Rep and School President 
- AP English Student with courses aimed towards the Sciences (Bio, Physics, Chem) 
- Arts Student in Visual Arts (published illustrator), Choir and Drama 
- Guide International Students from numerous countries like Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, Spain, etc. 
- Volunteer at Women In Need, aiding women in transition homes 
- Attended Private school and Catholic school 
- Applying at the University of Victoria in British Columbia in the Faculty of Science
How does university mark you?
Hey, I'm a grade 12 student curious about how university works. When you're taking tests and quizzes university, how do they mark you? I've heard of being graded on a curve, but what does it mean? Do you do projects, too, and what kind?
Loran Scholarship
Did anyone apply for the Loran scholarship? If so, what were your grades and ECs?
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Moving away or staying close to home?

Where are you studying at university? Close to home or did you move? I'm thinking about two universities right now: one 15 minutes away and one across the country. 
What made you choose where you are studying right now? Would it be better to study at my local university or take the other option?

Do we need bio for science?
hi guys, since I moved to Canada BC  from grade 11 I did not have time to take bio but UBC and sfu say for admission requirements for science i only need one off the sciences  and another approved grade 12 course so , i am little bit confuse because science mainly revolve around bio i appreciate that if you guys answer
Bad senior year grades + dealing with mental illnesses
I'm a grade 12 student and I'm not doing so good for two of my most important courses for this semester - academic biology and academic chemistry. I currently have a 56 in bio and a 64 in chemistry, and my marks dropped this much due to a harsh unit test and assignment. It's the second month of school, and I'm already close to giving up on working as hard as I did in the beginning of this semester, and univeristy application submissions + midterm report cards are right around the corner. I'm one of those students that invest most of their day for studying, and try to do everything to the best of my ability.  I've been dealing with depression and anxiety issues for a few years now, which I feel like is taking a poll on how I'm currently feeling now about my future, and at this point I feel like I'm going to get rejected or end up passing these courses with a low mark (and what I need is at least a 90 :/) If someone can advise me on what next steps I can take in encouraging myself/get my grades up in time for early application submission I would greatly appreciate it. 
Thank you very much
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What Made You Pick Your University?
I'm in grade 12 right now and looking at different universities. I've got local choices and 1-2 out of the province that I think would be a good fit for me. So I'm wondering what made you guys pick the university you're attending? Did you study at a school close to home or did you make a big move? Why that specific university?