How to Cure Summer Boredom, part 1

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing some inexpensive things you can do this summer to keep yourself from getting bored:

1. Go to the bookstore. You don’t even have to buy anything. Just grab a coffee, sit in the comfy chairs, enjoy the A/C, and read any book or magazine that you’d like.

2. Make a spa in your own home. Search online for some DIY spa tricks and relax and rejuvenate at home.

3. Watch your favorite childhood movies. It’s interesting to compare your current interpretation of the movie to the way you thought of it when you were younger, and you can pick up all the jokes that went over your head as a kid.

4. Talk to an elderly person. Older people are so very wise, and they have many interesting stories to tell if you ask. Most of them love sharing their experiences with the younger generation, and you get to learn about a different time period from someone who actually lived through it.

5. Shop at a thrift store. Although some people do this regularly, many people have never experienced thrift store shopping. Give yourself a $10 limit and see what great outfit you can come up with.

Here’s to a happy summer - Vickie

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Summer Safety & Summer Health Tips

Now let’s take a look at how to have fun in the sun – Health professionals recommend getting 15 minutes of sunlight each day to get the most vitamin D benefits. However, too much sun exposure can increase your risk of developing cancer. Following the below summer health tips will help you avoid sun damage to your skin:

  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Be sure to reapply your sunscreen as directed.
  • Exercise in the shade to stay cool.
  • Wear protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses to minimize the effect of the sun’s rays.
  • Lower your risk of catching Lyme disease or West Nile virus by wearing proper mosquito repellents, especially when you will be in wooded areas.
  • Reduce the risk of developing a heat-related illness by knowing the signs of dehydration and staying hydrated. Keep water or sports drinks on hand if you know you will be out in the heat for an extended amount of time.
  • Avoid consuming alcoholic and caffeinated beverages before and during outdoor activities because they increase your risk of becoming dehydrated.

Take care - Vickie

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Summer Safety & Summer Health Tips

This time we are talking about Bicycle Safety.  Take a look at the following tips to stay safe while biking:

  • Helmets greatly reduce the risk of brain injury. Always wear a helmet.
  • When riding at night, always wear reflective clothing, a headlight, and add a rear reflector to your bike.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Follow the rules of the road, and obey all traffic signals and signs.
  • Use directional hand signals when turning.

Take care - Vickie

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Summer Safety & Summer Health Tips

Over the next couple of weeks, our blogs will be focusing on how to stay safe and healthy this summer:

I am sure that swimming will be a part of your summer.  See the following summer safety tips below that are great guidelines to follow when swimming:

  • Always use the buddy system by swimming with a friend.
  • Swim at places that have lifeguards when possible.
  • Always check local weather conditions and warnings before swimming. Avoid dangerous conditions like thunderstorms or strong currents.
  • According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, among adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70 percent of deaths associated with water recreation. Be a responsible drinker and avoid drinking alcohol before and during water activities.

Take care - Vickie

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5 Important Tips for Incoming Freshmen

1. Don’t stop reading: If you do nothing else this summer - make sure you are reading!  And if you have the time, practice reading like a college student would read - take notes, check your comprehension - whatever it takes to get ready!

2. Recharge your batteries: Make sure you make time to relax this summer.  College will be a new experience for you and you need to be re-charged so that you can face it head on in the Fall!

3. Try something new: Since college will be something new that you will need to transition to, try something else new this summer.  That will help prepare you for the transitions that lie ahead.

4. Earn some cash: You want to have your own spending money when you get to college.  Now is your chance to work and set that money aside for later. 

5. Make sure you attend your OAR Day: The amount of information you will earn this day is too important to miss.

See you in the Fall!


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Summer is Fast Approaching: Keep Your Brain Sharp!

Summer is Fast Approaching!
Even though summer is fast approaching and one can’t wait to have a break from school, it is important to keep your mind sharp. According to Penny Pinching Mom, students can lose up to 60 percent of what they learned during the school year. As you can tell this is a problem that needs to be addressed. On average when students come back from summer vacation teachers spend anywhere from four to eight weeks re-teaching them what they lost over the summer. Here are some ideas to think of over the summer to keep your brain in tip top shape.
 Take an online class/summer class
 Make a summer bucket list, this will keep your mind active and open one up to new experiences
 Get a summer job
 Keep up on leisure reading materials
 Get out and do anything!
 Get creative
 Summer learning clubs/book clubs
 Travel
By following any of these options it will help make the transitions from school to summer back to school again not so hard. It is important that we do things like this so one isn’t just learning something and then losing it instantly. We want to embed the information into our brains; which will allow us to achieve greatness.
Have a great summer!
Ashley 

Getting Back into the Groove!

Getting Back into the Groove!
For many Fayette students last Friday meant the start of summer vacation; however, there is a select amount of students that chose to do the optional May term. After a short break and the academic year coming to an end, it is hard to stay on task and focused. Some helpful tips to stay focused are:
• Remind yourself why you are doing this
• Cut out distractions
• Make a to-do-list, until this is finished stay off social media, phone, etc.
• Reward yourself after you accomplish everything for the day
• Find what works best for you (studying, test taking, reading, etc.)
Even though it is hard to stay in and do homework on the nice days, remember it will all be worth it in the end. For those that are taking summer classes, it may get hard and drag on but push through it. Take a break and reward yourself for all the hard work that you have accomplished.

Summer Safety

Summer safety

HI! Peacocks….

SUMMER BREAK IS HERE! I am hoping everyone will have a great summer although some students will be around still taking summer classes. Finding a balance between enjoying your summer and staying healthy and safe is extremely important. For those students that will be away for summer please take good care of yourself. Ah, summertime. It’s the season of pool parties, barbecues, and beach vacations. Some other staples of summer? Sunburns, mosquitoes, and travel nightmares! Here are some of the summer safety guides for you:

  • Keep yourself hydrated all the time. Drink enough water
  • Limit junk food ( Stay healthy)
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Plan out safe outdoor activities but still keep the fun going
  • Obey the rules of the road
  • Make travel a time to DE-stress
  • Protect yourself against summer’s Biggest Threat apply your SUN-SCREEN
  • Don’t let bugs bug you

I hope you enjoy your holiday peacocks! I also want to include few study tips for those staying for summer classes.

Preparing for Class

  1. Read and outline the chapter before class
  2. Take notes in the margins of your textbooks with questions you have, personal experiences that relate, and specific information you found interesting or important to remember.
  3. Review your notes from the previous class session before you come to class.

During Class


  1. Add illustrations to your notes.
  2. Try creating a highlighted color-coded note system to help remember important information. For example: Yellow = people, Green = places, and Orange = dates.
  3. Create a method of abbreviation you understand, like using symbols in place of words.

General Tips


  1. Set personal deadlines on major assignments at least 3 days early an down in your calendar
  2. Form a supportive study group
  3. Trick yourself into getting started.

Happy holidays & Good luck,




Greetings dear peacocks! It’s already the last week of school and finals are here!

Below are ways for you to create your own study guides.

A study guide is a tool that is used to reinforce and increase your comprehension of information, in preparation for an assessment of your grasp of that knowledge.

STEP 1: Keep in mind the 3 goals associated with building an effective study guide:

  • Condense all of the study materials into manageable sections.
  • Identify, explain and demonstrate relationships between ideas and concepts.
  • Create practical examples that apply the material to real-life situations

Step 2: Compile all of the information you will need to create a study guide from.

  • Includes textbooks, class lecture notes, assignments and any study materials that were provided to you.
  • Include all of the section tests associated with the subject at hand.

STEP 3: Identify the main concepts you need to include in your study guide.

  • These can be found in the study materials you compiled.

STEP 4: List supporting information and related facts pertaining to the main concepts to be included in your study guide.

STEP 5: Choose a study guide format. Take into consideration the subject being studied and how the subject material can best be organized, the comprehension level of the intended audience and the learning style of the intended audience. There are many different study guide types, each formatted to suit different subject types and learning styles:

  • Concept maps. These involve main idea boxes, connected according to relevance (chronological or otherwise), with branches of associated material stemming from the main ideas. This study guide method provides a good visual of how subject material fits together to make a whole concept.
  • Comparison charts. Create study guides using comparison charts when it is necessary to compare and contrast a related group of ideas. For example, a comparison chart on different plant species would list plant names, side by side, and then list the plants’ kingdom, family and genus in coinciding columns underneath.
  • Flash cards. Also called concept cards, these are generally created using index cards and may contain as much or as little information as you wish. Write 1 key concept on the front of each index card and then, on the back of the cards, write whatever fact(s) you want to associate with the key concepts.
  • Diagrams. A study guide diagram is ideal for visually representing processes or procedures that take place by way of a series of defined steps. These start with a main concept and are organized from left to right in a way that highlights important key factors in order of how they happen.
  • Time lines. Good for outlining a series of chronological events, time lines are most often used for subjects like history, politics and biology.
  • Sample tests. These are practice tests that include questions similar to those that will be on the real test.

STEP 6: Create a study guide in either 1 or a combination of formats, using the main concepts and supporting information you pulled from your study materials.

  • You may draft the guide on paper, by hand, or use a computer word processing, spreadsheet or specialized study guide program to organize your information.




Greetings dear peacocks,

A week from now we will all be taking our finals. I know how it can be a frustrating week and exhausting experience if one is not properly prepared.

So, for that matter here are some tips for preparing for finals;


Many comprehensive final exams include some of the same questions from the tests and quizzes taken throughout the term. Therefore, it’s important to review the questions and answers from these tests and quizzes.


You probably are familiar with flashcards from elementary school. These types of cards are quite useful in college. You can create cards to study important terms and concepts, formulas, and even quotes from reading assignments.


Study groups can be great resource when studying for finals. You and your study partners can help each other with difficult concepts or problems; you can compare notes, and help each other identify the correct answers from past quizzes and tests. Each student can bring in two practice questions and the group can work together to answer the questions and review the accompanying material. BE CAREFUL-Make sure the group stays on track and you have accurate information


Friends and roommates can be helpful in preparing for exams. A simple way to review for an exam and check you understanding of the material is to practice explaining the concepts to a friend or roommate. If you are able to explain a concept or formula to a friend, chances are you understand the material and will be able to address the information on an exam.


At the same time, I want to remind all students to remember what to do on the day of your exam.

1. ARRIVE EARLY. Know the location and time of your exam. Arrive early to get enough time to settle down before the exam starts.

2. BE AWAKE FOR THE TEST. Get a good night’s sleep, shower, chew gum, or have a caffeinated drink.

3. EAT A SMALL BREAKFAST. It’ll be more difficult to concentrate if you’re hungry. Don’t eat anything that may upset your stomach. Eat small portion just to give you energy to keep going.

4. BRING EXTRA WRITING UTENSILS. You never know when your pencil is going to break or your pen is going to run out of ink.


6. GO TO THE BATHROOM. Self-explanatory. This is another precaution to minimize distractions during the test.

7. WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES. You’ll want to be comfortable taking the test

8. BRING ANY NECESSITIES. Bring a water bottle, tissues, cough drops, etc.

9. LOOK OVER YOUR NOTES. Review important information again before the test to refresh your memory.

10. IT’S JUST A TEST. Remember that you studied hard and have confidence in yourself.


I hope with all the tips and these reminder will help you to do well in your finals. And this is your final battle before counting down for summer break. So, breath, relax and perform.