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Study Skills Curriculum

Lori Said:

What curriculum teaches students to estimate construction projects and what schools teach it?

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Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas has the program you are looking for.

Herbert Said:

is the SAT's for everyone?

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SAT's for everyone

Florence Said:

What classes should I take my sophomore year in high school?

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Interesting question. Since I don't know you, I will just offer my insight and say what I'd do, personally.

Fine arts: I believe fine arts is important. Probably the most important outlet that's offered in school. Since you took theatre last year, I would say it's best to continue with that, if you enjoyed it. However, if you didn't or if you want to try something new, I'd say it's best that you channel your other interests: music or visual arts? From there you can decide what type of music class you want to take or what type of visual arts. Personally, I love acting, so I'd continue with theatre.

English: English is definitely required for your normal curriculum. Since you took English 1, I'd say you should advance to English 2. However, if English is a forte of yours, I'd say take the AP class. I don't know how many classes you're allowed to take or how your schedule works, but I'd also consider Speech & Debate. If your new school is very into competing, you'll have the opportunity to travel all over the country and compete at universities and make a lot of great friends. Literature is also a good option if you enjoy reading and modern and older works of literature. Personally, I'd take the AP class and if the schedule allowed it, I'd see if I could take the Speech class. (I'm on the Interpretation captain at my school, kind of makes me a little biased.)

Foreign Language: I don't know what graduation requirements are in your state, however, in mine 2 years of foreign language in the same language is required to graduate. If I were you, I'd start now and take whichever language I'm most familiar with. I took spanish in middle school and didn't really like it & since I have a family background in french, I decided I'd take that in high school. Really, just take which ever language you're most interested in.

Science: I'm pretty sure science has to be taken. I hate science, but since you took Health and Principles of Science, I'd suggest challenging yourself a little more with Biology or Chemistry. Although, I must say, Chemistry is, by far, one of the worst subjects I've ever taken ha ha. But, if you're more interested in the "other" side of science, I'd say take Nutrition or Forensics. I'm unfamiliar with both of these courses.

Social Studies: Are you interested in rigorous coursework? If so, take AP Micro or Macro. I haven't taken either of these classes and I'm completely clueless about the basic premise of the class. If you're interested in Econ but you don't want to endure the rigor of an AP class, take Economics. If neither of these classes interest you, take Social Studies. This class sounds simple enough. I, however, would rather take Philosophy. It's different and I'd really be interested in what would be taught.

Mathematics: Well, math is one of those classes that is inescapable. Considering you took Algebra 1 last year, I'm pretty sure now you're supposed to take Geometry. That's how it works in my school district. I've learned that most people who excel in Algebra, have a bit of trouble in Geometry and people who had trouble in Algebra enjoy and excel in Geometry. This may or may not be true for you.

Technology: I've only taken tech classes in middle school which really was just a waste of time. I'm sure in high school it's different. If you're interested in technology, I'd say go for it. You have options. I don't know what any of these classes really entail, but if you're into technology you might, so choose whichever sounds most interesting to you.

Journalism: What I said about technology applies here too. If you're into writing and you aspire to be a journalist, go for it. Take journalism.

Physical Education: For most high schools, one or two years or semesters of PE is required to graduate. If that's the case in your state, I'd say it's best to start now. Personally, I would take Karate or Yoga. I'm a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, so karate is just fun for me and yoga is supposed to help people relax and stuff so that sounds really interesting. I'm leaning more towards yoga ha ha.

Character Development: I see that you took Study Skills last year. If you enjoyed that class and are interested in similar classes, it would be smart to go with that feeling and take one of the other two class choices. If you're unsure of what you want to be when you're an adult, take Career Studies, it'll help.

Basically, for all these classes, just choose whichever interests you the most. You can't go wrong following your gut. Also, as far as the requirements for your sophomore year, it's best to contact the school. Rules are different everywhere and they know better than I do. Have a great school year! Hope this helped!

Victoria Said:

How can I develop my writing skills?

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Well, to answer your topic question, there are numerous ways to help you improve your writing skills. First and foremost, I believe reading all sorts of material (from novels to encyclopedia articles) will help you improve your writing skills. Reading and writing go hand in hand--this is an indisputable fact. Novels and other sensational literature will help you improve your sensational writing skills (for telling stories), while said encyclopedia articles, argumentative essays (politics is a good source) will help you improve your argumentative skills, along with analytical skills, etc. required in writing something formal and informative such as a research paper.

In your case for this essay, you might want to read the writings of your peers (obviously ones you look up to), assuming they have the same subject as yours. If you're doing peer exchanges, this is a good chance to pick up from their writing.

Writing is, to me, almost mimicry, but not to the point of plagiarism. You basically must learn and analyze what goes in an author's mind when he or she wrote something, and be able to emulate that mindset and to physically output it in your writing.

But I think I'm starting to get ahead of myself. Seeing as you're in middle school (judging from that essay), I would simply say, in order to improve your writing, just read. Read, read, and read some more. Novels, especially those of literary merit.

As for your essay, I did a quick skim and all you need to know so far is to match your tenses (past and present), like those in your intro sentence. Also, regarding the end of what you have there, remember that a semicolon separates two independent clauses--used where a period has "too much weight," but enough to keep the flow of thought to the reader going. Having a "since" right before a semicolon means that it's a dependent clause, and thus a semicolon is not fitting there (and leaves the reader hanging). Reconsider revising that sentence.

Other than the above, I think it's a good start, especially for a student of your age. When I was in middle school, the essays of my peers were terrible, just terrible. Bad grammar, spelling, incorrect punctuation, actual use of slangs, etc. I couldn't comprehend it. It was appalling. From what you have there, you're going in the right direction. Keep it up.

Jorge Said:

What would it take to get a wikiversity style course accredited and taught by your boss?

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That's not a bad idea, for most occupations,but there is far too much to know in medicine for it to work.
And paramedics are not the ground level of medicine! They are the highest level of prehospital emergency medicine available in the country! Paramedics are highly specialized (often more than the average M.D) at prehospital emergency medicine, but they don't know nearly enough to perform at that level in other areas of medicine. There is too much in the field of medicine to study it in the fashion that you mentioned.. That's why doctors go to school for 8-10 years!
That's just my opinion, anyways!

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