Friday, December 20, 2013

Stay Cool for Final Exams

How to Keep Calm During Tests

Note: Almost everyone experiences some anxiety. 
Some anxiety is a good thing. It keeps you alert.


STUDY. Put together a study guide from: your notes, your teacher, the text book, practice tests on the internet. Practice, practice, PRACTICE the VOCABULARY - EACH  DAY - a few words at a time.

PRACTICE RELAXING. Think happy thoughts! Think about your favorite pet, a happy memory,  look at an uplifting picture (print one out, or use it as a screen saver), find a soothing scent, carry a worry stone to rub, practice progressive relaxation, deep breathing.

Be aware of what you say to yourself. Write down your negative thoughts and then write a positive thought to dispute each one. Repeat your positive statements to reprogram your mind for success. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF AS YOU WOULD A FRIEND.

Get enough sleep. Eat well. (Consider skipping the caffeine.) Give yourself time and take your time getting there and settling in.

Do something relaxing the hour before the test. Talk about something ELSE with your friends.

If possible, look over the test and plan your approach. Do you have to go in order or can you go forward and back?  Identify sections that are worth the most points and which question you'll start with so you can pace yourself.

ADJUST YOUR TUDE! Give yourself a pep talk. Visualize yourself doing well. Approach the test vigorously.


ASK THE TEACHER TO EXPLAIN any directions that you don't understand, instead of letting anxiety build up because you are not sure about what you are expected to do.

Use everything you know to do well. Be patient with yourself when you get stuck.

THINK OF YOUR ANSWER, then look at the choices. Stuck? Eliminate wrong answers and make an educated guess (if there's no penalty for guessing).

SKIP IT AND GO ON. If you go blank, go on to another question. Mark it and return to it at the end if there is time. On an essay, grab a piece of scratch paper and start jotting down anything you can remember to get your mind working.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE TEST, not yourself, not others. Don't waste time worrying, doubting yourself, blaming yourself, wondering how other people are doing. Keep bringing your thoughts back to the items on the test. Pay attention to what you can do now.

RELAX. If you notice that you are not thinking well, PAUSE. Take several slow deep breaths. Concentrate on your breathing.

If time is running out, go to the questions you know well and/or have the most weight.


Reward yourself for doing your best.

Review test results. Can you identify areas of difficulty? How did you do on the questions you guessed on?

For Next Time:

Become familiar with a variety of test anxiety STRATEGIES~
Health, Exercise, Diet & Rest
Self-Image, Motivation & Attitudes
Expectations about exam content & organization
Preparation and studying
Relaxation Techniques
Releasing Stress and Tension

University of Florida Counseling Center
Univ. of Texas Learning Center
U.S. Dept. of Ed.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I almost killed myself in the parking lot

The runoff problem:
1.                                                               2.

Swale ^

Water Runs off Parking Lots ~

  • Asphalt with no swale--51% 
  • Asphalt with swale--34% 
  • Permeable pavement - with swale--10%

An innovative  improvement.......


YUP!  The water collected from the AC parking lots, once filtered, is being reused!

Note: porous pavement requires special care.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Scroll down for Flashcards

Scroll down for links 
to online flashcards 
made from the notes of your very own KRHS teachers!

English 9: 
on quizlet

American Government - Civics in Practice_Key Terms
          on brainscape - open a free account

Fuller: CTP Biology
on brainscape - open a free account

Poirier on brainscape:


Spanish 1
on quizlet:

Make your own or find more subjects:
Matching Game
Add Pictures
Practice Quizzes
Share with classmates...
Disclaimer - always check the cards for author's accuracy!

Learning Algorithm
(knows which words you need to practice more!)
Sync with Friends
Free account needed

Disclaimer - always check the cards for author's accuracy!

Friday, October 11, 2013

A Computer Program that Reads your Paper Out Loud

New software that reads to you:

It reads from web sites.
It will read your essay back to you.
It can read assignments that you scan.

Now available in the Plex (LMC) - ask for the "Text Station"

Look for the icon on the desk top:

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

KRHS Recycles!

Thank you.

Our recycling program is ready for 3-ring binders, 
spiral notebooks, 
old agendas, 
softcover books, 
bottles and cans.

Just toss your recyclables into any of the bins.

Where your stuff goes......

Please:  NO Styrofoam, no plastic bags, no basketballs

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stressed Out?

Ways to break the stress cycle - everybody should have at least two!

Pressure and Release Techniques:

Cross and uncross your legs (at ankles) and arms (like a self-hug) for about 2 minutes. The pressure relieves stress.

Squeeze, press hands together, rub fingers, and interlace fingers for 2 minutes to relieve stress.

Push hands up on the underside of your desk for 3 seconds and release; repeat.

Lean on desk/table with your forearms, release the pressure; repeat.

Interlock thumb and forefinger of each hand, like a link, pull. Do this with each set of fingers.

Sitting, put your hands on your legs and press down. Let your arms go floppy. Take a deep breath.
 Repeat:  hands on legs, press, floppy, breath. Do this five times.

Or how about:

Keep a special worry stone/item in your pocket to hold on to and focus on.

Keep a special picture/quote on your binder to look at and focus on.

Look up breathing exercises.. Do yoga.

Visual learner  - Look up autogenic relaxation

Take a walk; include up and down stairs or an incline.

For those of you whose evil twin perfectionist is getting in your way:

Divide the tasks at hand into small, manageable steps. Praise yourself, every little step of the way!

Compare yourself to......YOURSELF. Are you doing better this week than last week?

Let go of the perfectionist. Go for 90% or 80%. "The world will not end when you're not perfect."

Develop tolerance - for others....for yourself.

"Learn to see life in all its shades. Learn to think in gradations."

Catch yourself when you think something like, "I totally blew it." Guess what - it's rarely total.  What part did you blow? What part did you do well?

Remember your senses..including balance and humor. Laugh, learn to let others laugh.

Put words to what you are afraid of. Share these with your guidance counselor.

Google "overcoming perfectionism." You are not the only one!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


Studying. recommends that "when you first begin studying, you should make a list of the areas you are good at and those which you could use improvement on. If you're not really sure, it would be a great idea to take a practice ASVAB Test (links). This will help you figure out what you're good and not-so-good at. For example, you might make a table like this:
           Predict Your Current Skill Level            
Scale of 1 - 5:
1 = Low
5 = High              
Key Sections:
Arithmetic Reasoning (AR)
Mathematics Knowledge (MK)
Word Knowledge (WK)
Paragraph Comprehension (PC)
Extra Sections
General Science (GS)                               11
Auto & Shop Information (AS)                 11
Mechanical Comprehension (MC)            19
Electronics Information (EI)                        9

Focus on your Weaknesses
Focus on the four essential sections, those key to the AFQT score, first. From the example above, it seems that your verbal abilities are at least OK: you gave yourself a 4 on the Word Knowledge section and a 3 on the Paragraph Comprehension. However, your math skills could use some work - especially with Mathematics Knowledge, as you only have a skill level of 2. What does this tell you? It tells you that you'll have to work extra hard on the math sections!" (

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Study Break

One eaglet was born Monday and a second was born during the night Wednesday.

The first eaglet on youtube:

"This eagle nest is located in south central Minnesota, 75 feet in the air. The camera is 100% powered by solar energy. It is equipped with audio and pan tilt zoom features. The video feed streams to the internet via Broadband Corp's wireless network." (MNBound)
YouTube Links:
Camera Installation Video
How to Tell the Difference Between Mom & Dad
Mom Gazes Into Camera (2-20-13)
Mom Steals Prey from Dad (2-20-13)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Counting Down to Final Exams

Need help studying?  Need some strategies?  Got test anxiety?

We can help. 

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Open A through D block.

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