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Tips on education, schools and learning

Instruct children NEVER to tell a stranger that their parents aren’t home
“My mom can’t come to the phone right now, but she’ll call you right back” is a safe response.

Walk your children through your house and rehearse various ‘what-would-you-do-if’ situations
Teach kids basic fire rules (to cover their faces with wet towels while escaping smoke, to feel doors to determine if they’re hot, etc.). Have your child demonstrate different ways he could escape from the house.

Give your dorm-bound student a tool kit
Hammers and screwdrivers come in handy; gummed name-and-address labels (to put on books notebooks and CDs); a tool caddy to carry grooming supplies to the bath down the hall; an indoor-outdoor thermometer; an electric kitchen timer for study breaks and cram-time cat naps.

Review notes while they're fresh
Review and edit class notes as soon as possible after class, preferably within 24 hours.

Managing time effectively
The best students are not always the brightest, just the most skilled time managers. Plan to spend about 3 hours per week studying for every hour of class time; if you're taking 15 units you will need to schedule 45 hours per week for studying.

Develop your weekly schedule
Schedule all classes, work hours, study time, class time, campus activities, exercise and recreation. Sleep accounts for approximately 56 hours per week, and with studying taking up about 45 hours per week, you only have 64 hours of the week left. Be realistic in planning your schedule and then live by it.

Use an appointment book to stay track
Using your syllabus from each of your classes, record in your appointment book the dates that all tests are scheduled and all papers, presentations and projects are due.

Prioritize your studies
Prioritize your tasks when you sit down to study. Do the most pressing and the most challenging first. Study in a place where potential distractions are minimized. (Beware of the telephone if you study at home.)

Use random times for your study advantage
Use your time between classes, waiting for the bus, or standing in line to review notes of chapters or memorize terms.

Prepare for exams early
Start studying for exams a week before they are scheduled. Discover problem areas before it is too late to resolve them.

Assignment preview prepping
Preview reading assignments, study introductions and summaries, and develop a list of questions to seek answers to before actually reading a chapter.

Allow frequent short breaks when studying
Rejuvenate your ability to concentrate by taking short breaks. You’ll get more mileage out of your mind and body.