No, I’m not talking about the groove in the couch your butt made today watching television. I’m talking about a “school groove” or a personal one if that’s more your preference. For the purpose of this blog, we’ll stick to school. What is a groove you may ask? First, a groove is a personal routine where organization, critical thinking, and fun is implemented as well as executed. It’s a style, a swagger, a lifestyle. It’s an overall challenge to achieve that takes constant and persistent tweaking to find the perfect and ultimate “groove” for each individual. For most of us, a groove comes naturally. For others, we have to work at making our groove fit to our every movement. My groove has been made years in the making. I am thrilled to share my groove secret for school excellence with my CCBC bloggers and readers!
TIPS FOR FINDING YOUR INDIVIDUAL GROOVE:
TIP 1: Make a school schedule that’s convenient for you. Some of us are just not morning people. If your an afternoon or an evening person, make your schedule for that time of day. That way you can sleep in and watch rerun episodes of Jersey Shore, Teen Mom, The Bad Girls Club, Sports playbacks, or whatever.
TIP 2: In the morning, when I’m waking up for school, I put on some music JAMS! Its hard to get moving to the silence of a room, or the darkness of outside. Studies have shown that playing music wakes the brain up! After an “up-beat wake up” I turn on the news and check for weather and traffic. It’s important I know I need to dress for rain, or how late I can actually leave the house.
TIP 3: Check your e-mails, Facebooks, Twitters, myspace and anything else before school. It’s alluring to know what our friends are doing, saying, or gossiping about, but it won’t be helpful during classtime to think about if your bff is talking to your ex-bf, and everyone knows but you.
TIP 4: You won’t know what you like until you try it! There are literally clubs for EVERYTHING! If there isn’t, make your own club! A groove is best made when shared with others. Whether is discussing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, introducing international cultures, or even speaking about medieval characters. Have a Group Groove!
TIP 5: Have a balance of personal and business. Schoolwork always comes first, but also make times for your friends, and downtime. Studies show that we excel better when we have time to enjoy hobbies that enrich our personal lives.
FINALLY: Understand that nothing comes right away. Hard work will pay off, but long term success last longer than short term. Find your groove by making mistakes, failing, falling, and then GETTING BACK UP! Getting back up to a GROOVE that will not LET YOU DOWN! It’s your GROOVE!