ALL PROBLEMS HAVE SOLUTIONS -
We all have problems at different times in our lives. What does a student do when he or she has a problem? First, it all depends on how serious that problem is. If it is very serious, the student should definitely mention it to a teacher or a guidance counselor right away. That student needs help and can't do it alone. There are people trained to help him or her. Now, if the problem is more of an annoyance, a bother, or a worry, then he or she shouldn't let it interfere with his / her schoolwork. He or she should stay focused on the assignments and classwork. That student should force himself or herself to put the problem out of his / her mind while in school or doing homework. When he / she is done working, that student will still remember the problem, but it will probably seem not so important any more. The point is that schoolwork is directly related to one's future life, and should receive priority attention.
The best way to learn a new language and become comfortable with it is to use it - to speak it, to read and write in it. This is true of any new language. Okay, this post is aimed at those of you who are still in the process of learning English - but guess what? That includes ALL OF YOU! Whether you are a current or recent TESL student or you were born in the U. S., your English needs improvement, and you will improve your writing by WRITING - and that includes writing comments to these posts. Give it a try. Here, you can practice writing in English without fear of losing points. Your comments will be read - and answered. Your writing does not have to be perfect. Just get your ideas and feelings across - and be heard! We want to read what you have to say - about anything at all. Just click on "Comments" in blue above and submit your thoughts and ideas. Don't be afraid.
Examine the chart above. It is from the New York State Department of Labor and it shows that the more educated you are, the more money you make. A person who graduates from high school and then stops his or her education makes around $33,000 a year while a student who graduates from college - any college - makes at least $88,000 a year. If a student continues and earns his or her graduate degree, there's even more money to be earned. A typical college graduate with a bachelor's degree (the first one earned) makes $1,500,000 - that's one and a half million dollars - more over a lifetime than a high school graduate. So, the next time you are ready to complain about homework or tests or a research paper or a Regents exam, think about how much you will eventually be paid for all your hard work. It'll make the work worth it - and don't forget that you can get lots of help with your work in the Study Center!
It is amazing! The school year is now 22% done, and you still have made no comments on any of the ideas on this page. What are you waiting for? This web site was made for YOU. It is a place where you can learn AS WELL AS express your ideas. Do you have anything to say in response to any of the blog entries below or anything on another page? If so, click on the word "Comments" to the right of a headline (title), fill in the fields (You can use a nickname or a made up name if you don't want to use your real name), you can leave blank the next two fields and just write your ideas in the big box and then click "Submit." You will get a response from the writer of this blog. That way, there will be a brief conversation, and more importantly, your ideas get published so that others can also reply to what you have written. You've got plenty to say. This is a place to express yourself - and at the same time you will be helping to make this site a success.
Examine the optical illusions above. What's the point? Well, do you trust yourself well enough to see the subtle or not so apparent as well as the obvious? Can you see symbols in a story without being told that they are there? Can you solve a mathematical problem without being told what the steps are? Can you explain an experiment or the causes of a war without an answer book? A good student develops judgment which he or she can depend on - and this is done through hard work, attention to details and the desire to know. If you don't understand something, don't let it go. Ask questions - of your classroom teachers and of the teachers in the Study Center. We are all dedicated to helping you understand so that you can more and more depend on your judgment in life. That's what education is all about . . . but you have to be part of the process. Be an active learner, and you will be rewarded, by being prepared for your future.
The ideas on this page come from a Study Center teacher with almost 50 years of teaching experience. More importantly, these entries have NO LIFE until you students write comments and share your ideas and your responses to the ideas presented. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Let yourself be heard.