The Wildly Maine Crispy Blueberry Burger

The powerful blueberry burger was born in Bath, Maine in the summer of 2016, urged into the world of culinary delights by students exploring in the kitchen of the Hyde school, a 50-year leadership school in this fair city.

The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine in Orono awarded a grant of $50K, tasking Hyde’s Student Nutrition Program with creating four recipes incorporating blueberries that could be scaled to 20, 50, and 100 servings for school food service kitchens in the state.

Director of Student Nutrition, Chef Michael Flynn, who is already deeply involved with the Department of Education, Maine Child Nutrition Services and Food Corp, was happy to experiment. To bring the project full circle, Chef Flynn had a team of student helpers for the Summer Leadership Program connecting food to the classroom.

The burger, which received the name of “The Wildly Maine Crispy Blueberry Burger,” combines the tasty State of Maine berry, toasted quinoa, organic Garbanzo beans, cilantro, and sweet red bell pepper and is topped with a coulis of blueberries and honey. The prototype was served to students, faculty, and staff during a luncheon in January.

Chef Flynn is a Certified Executive Chef in his third year at Hyde School. In that time he has made some gradual but stunning changes to school menus with more emphasis on plant-based foods and the reduction of processed and fried foods. Flynn said, “The Maine Wild Blueberry is a perfect addition. I was thrilled when Jen Lobozzo, Director of the Summer Leadership Program, implemented course work with the kitchen here at Hyde School. Perfect timing with The Wild Blueberry Commission along with Mrs. Lobozzo’s student curriculum design…a perfect partnership to develop a perfect recipe. You cannot build a better recipe designing team than including the judges themselves, the students!”

The Popularity of High School Robotics Teams

Hyde Robotics logo

If you don’t know much about the concept of FIRST robotics yet – don’t worry, it’s still something of a novel concept in high schools across the United States. However, despite their young age, high school robotics teams are quickly growing in popularity for both boys and girls alike.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a competition that is held internationally for teams across the U.S. During this game, teams ranging all the way from just twenty to a hundred students compete against each other with huge, 120-pound robots. They have a total of six weeks to battle other teams and compete in tournaments that take place around the world.

Any senior or freshman in a high school is eligible to get started in one of these programs, and most teachers and students agree that there are literally of hundreds of reasons to start getting involved. From better social interaction with students that share the same interests and passions as you, to new ways to expand your understanding of modern technology, high school robotics teams could be the future of after-school activities everywhere.

The Hyde Phoenix Robotics Team was established in 2015 is now made up of ten Hyde School students in Bath, Maine. The team is led by faculty member David Brooks, a professional Software Engineer-turned-teacher who has in the past worked for Symantec Software as a Sr. Principal Engineer. Last year they won the Pine Tree District Event in FRC, and this year Hyde Phoenix Robotics is participating in their third FIRST Robotics Competition.
The theme of this year’s competition is STEAMWORKS, in which the participating robots are required to
  • shoot high balls and low balls
  • carry gears, and
  • climb ropes.
Performing each function counts for a certain amount of the score, and the competition administration will use the total scores to rank the teams.
This year seems hopeful, as this year’s team is even more competitive than the last.
Why are robotics teams like ours a fantastic opportunity for students from all skill sets and backgrounds? Here are a few reasons;

1. There’s no High-School Activity More Realistic

It may be strange to think that an activity based on building and battling robots would be considered the perfect way to prepare students for real-world activity – however, the benefits are more far-reaching than you’d think. For those who get involved in FIRST, there are countless opportunities to operate drill presses and drills, band saws and miter saws, and make real-life decisions in engineering.

You’ll be working on CAD models, talking to manufacturing companies in your local area to find out more about how you can make your machine work – and volunteering to build your skills. In other words, you’ll be able to find out first-hand what it’s like to be the leader of an incredibly high-tech project. Even if you just consider yourself to be a member of the team, you’ll still experience all the pressure and dynamics that come with team-based competition – which could be essential for your future.

2. You’ll Have a Great Opportunity for Networking

One of the biggest benefits that students see when they consider joining a high school robotics team is the fact that they will be able to expand their social circle with people who share the same modern interests as them. However, there’s more to these teams than making friends with a great group of intelligent and active students.

In the FIRST robotics competitions that you attend with your team, you’ll also experience the perfect atmosphere to connect with adults from the scientific and engineering workforce – who come along as sponsors, coaches, and mentors. For ambitious students, this represents a perfect chance to meet and greet new networking opportunities, and gain wisdom that you might not be able to learn from school. If you’re particularly dedicated to the robotics team that you’re a part of, you might even consider speaking to a few of the industry experts about how you can go about getting a job in their company.

3.  You Get to Be Yourself

There’s more to building robots than science and engineering – though those things obviously play a pretty big part. Every team that gets involved with high school robotics discovers a chance to show off their creativity in new and exciting ways. After all, the people who run these teams want to ensure that students are having fun with their experiences – so it’s not just programs and hard work.

Most of the teams that get involved with the FIRST robotics competitions will have a theme, and you can decorate and adapt your robot according to that theme to help represent your team. On top of that, you can also dress your entire team up in crazy outfits that help you to represent yourself when you go out to competitions.

This not only gives you a great way to show off your inner creativity but allows you to fully express your dedication to what you’re doing and put your heart and soul into the concept of robotics. The best part is that no-one will judge you for what you choose to do – as everyone is just as excited about their robotic prospects as you are.

4. You’ll Find Scholarship Opportunities

If you’re a student on a high school robotics team, then you’re in a fantastic position when it comes to preparing yourself for the future. These teams give you a range of incredible skills and experience that employers absolutely crave in today’s modern business environment. Even if you’re only involved in the FIRST scenario for a year or so, you’ll find that there are plenty of different scholarships available for you to consider from a range of different schools. These educational opportunities often range from state public schools to Ivy leagues depending on how much you impress with your robotic prowess.

5. An Environment for Growth

Finally, the skills that students learn through high school robotics teams go far beyond simply knowing which is the right tool to use, or how a problem should be fixed with a piece of code or software. Aside from the general technical knowledge that you’ll obviously get from working with robots, and the problem-solving skills that come with working in a team, you’ll also gain a range of other skills that help you to grow as a person.

For instance, you might find that in order to help your team succeed you need to conduct conversations with other people to learn more about their game strategy. This will require social skills that enable you to communicate. You should also find that you develop leadership skills that allow you to excel at the head of a team, alongside team working skills that allow you to follow orders and adjust your actions for the “good of the many”.

The way that you grow during your time in a high school robotics team makes you infinitely more attractive as a job prospect – and could help to make you more competitive when applying for future careers.

Check out the Hyde School Robotics Facebook page

 

Ways to Stay Healthy at Boarding School

In boarding schools, students don’t have their parents around to watch them at all hours of the day and make sure that they’re making sensible decisions about things like health, nutrition, and exercise. Because of this, some students take advantage of the lack of supervision and fail to look after their health. Ice cream for lunch? Sure! Skip breakfast? Yes, more sleep! Unfortunately, this can mean that they end up suffering more frequently from illnesses thanks to a weakened immune system – and become more likely to experience problems like obesity and fatigue.

Students who focus all of their energy and time on studying also often fall victim to forgetting to watch over their health. Fortunately, it’s not as difficult as it may seem to stay on top of your health when you’re in a full-time educational environment. All you need to do is follow a few basic guidelines to ensure that you’re keeping your mind honed on the essential aspects of good health.

Start with Good Nutrition

Nutrition, (or food), is how you get your energy to help you stay fit and focused on the tasks ahead. Without the right nutrition, you could end up suffering from symptoms like bloating, lethargy, and a general sensation of not feeling well.

In fact, many students who eat poorly for long periods of time end up suffering from vitamin deficiencies that can weaken their immune systems, and make them more prone to illness.

Boarding schools like Hyde are prepared with a dining hall or cafeteria where you can meet with your friends and enjoy some cooked meals. However, no-one is going to tell you what to eat when you’re at boarding school. Instead, you’re responsible for picking your own foods. Obviously, while it might be tempting to eat from the pasta bar every day – that’s not going to do much for your health. Instead, you’ll need to keep the following concerns in mind:

  • Nutrition: You don’t have to be a dietitian or nutrition expert to look after your health at boarding school. However, you should have a basic knowledge of which options are healthiest, and what kind of balance you should maintain between the various food groups. Remember to include vegetables, fruits, and sources of lean protein in your diet.
  • Balance: If you must choose something unhealthy for your meal, then try to balance it out throughout the day. For instance, if you have a slice of pizza for lunch, then have a meal filled with vegetables at dinner – or a dessert that’s brimming with fresh fruit.
  • Calories: Finally, think about your activity levels when you’re choosing your meals. If you know it’s Sunday and you’re going to be studying all day and you won’t be moving much – then don’t load up with heavy meals. This is just going to make you feel sleepy. On the other hand, if it’s a Wednesday and you’re going to be playing sports all afternoon – you’re going to need some energy.

Mrs. Collinson, Director of Communications at Hyde, offers this suggestion to students, “When choosing your food at mealtimes, always include a colorful salad from the phenomenal Hyde salad bar. It’s important to eat foods from all over the rainbow, and our salad bar has so many fresh veggie options, including locally grown lettuce from SpringWorks farm. I also like to substitute cottage cheese in place of using calorie-dense dressings.”

Get Active

When you’re at boarding school, it can be easy to fall into a rut that involves a lot of sleeping – a lot of late-night studying (or video gaming as is sometimes the case), and not much time remaining for exercising and staying active. Fortunately, a lot of boarding schools are well-equipped with solutions for extracurricular activities designed to get you moving again. For students at Hyde, they are required to play a sport each season specifically to make sure they are getting in regular workouts as well as building their self-confidence and community spirit.

For students not required to be active in sports year-round, here are some suggestions for staying active and healthy:

  • Visiting a gym: If your boarding school doesn’t have its own gym – which is probably quite unlikely in today’s educational climate, then there should be a local fitness center or YMCA in your area that’s open for most hours of the day. Join up and devote some time to staying active.
  • Be part of a team: A great way to stay active and improve your social skills is to join one of your school’s sports team. Find a sport that you enjoy and figure out a way that you can get involved with other people in your school.
  • Explore: If nothing else, try to spend some time on your feet exploring the campus and the city surrounding your boarding school. Most students don’t have their own cars, so the chances are you’ll need to walk anywhere you need to go. Even if you have to ask your friends to go with you for a coffee somewhere in town – this should force you to get active and burn some calories.

Avoid Health Danger Zones

Once you’ve got nutrition and activity sorted, then the only thing left to do will be to consider the dangers and temptations that lurk all around in a boarding school environment.

Unfortunately, as fantastic as your campus might be for offering extracurricular activities and healthy meal options, chances are that there are still plenty of bad habits that you can take up that could ruin all of your hard work away from home. Avoid these pitfalls at all costs if you want to be as healthy as possible during your education:

  • Stay away from Soda and Alcohol: Boarding school and college students should always avoid drinking their calories in the form of alcohol and soda. At Hyde there is a reason we don’t offer either in the dining hall! While you should generally stay away from alcohol as much as possible during your younger years – soda can also be a serious threat due to its high levels of sugar and caffeine.
  • Don’t eat midnight snacks: No matter whether you’re staying up all night trying to cram information into your brain in time for a big exam – or you’ve been kept up by your dorm-mates, make sure that you don’t eat after 8 PM. Keeping to a deadline will help to ensure that you don’t disrupt your sleeping habits with excess foods. Your body will struggle to digest late-night snacks, which means that they remain sitting uncomfortably in your stomach all night long.
  • Avoid junk food: Finally, high-calorie foods that you can shove into your mouth by the handful simply don’t help your health. Not only are most forms of junk food brimming with sodium and fat, they can also make you feel tired and unmotivated – which causes you to ditch your study plans and workout sessions.

If you continue to struggle when using the tips provided above, you could always consider teaming up with another friend at school who is suffering from their own unhealthy lifestyle choices. Working with your friends can give you someone to hold yourself accountable to, and you both get someone who reminds them to choose the healthier option when you’re sitting together at lunch.

 

Moving Beyond Comfort Zones: Basketball Team Building 2017

By Hyde faculty member Corey Begly

It has been a rare opportunity to be the boys varsity basketball coach the past three years. We have made trips to state semifinals, NEPSAC tournaments, and long journeys across New England in the fabled Hyde bus 3. However, I think what makes our program unique are the events off the court. Our team-building weekends are always carefully planned by the coaches and carefully dreaded by the players. Don’t worry… they get over it.

This year, our trip was wrapped in mystique. We made up many tales and eventually found ourselves in 2.5 feet of snow in Eustis, Maine… taking aim at a collective comfort zone.

Since the trip, the Phoenix have gone on a tear with a 4-0 week and one of the first wins ever vs. class C power Winchendon. The following is a blog that I hastily wrote in my notebook about special moments, reactions (at times humorous), and the lengths we go to build trust and break from comfort.

Enjoy!

Varsity boys basketball team in Eustis

DAY 1: PREPPING FOR A COMMUNITY COLLEGE GAME, OR NOT….

We welcomed the guys back on a Wednesday after a long break, eager to get back into NEPSAC play. We ended on a nice note with a win over Avalon Prep from Maryland and felt some of that momentum in practice. Energy was strong and many of the players had trained over break—a first sign to me that this could be a serious group. We also ran a clinic for the local 7th grade team—always great to give back!

Boys varsity basketball team mentoring

We have a blend of experience, size, and explosiveness this year. Our senior backcourt of Noah West and Miguel Prieto have led the way, and garnered a solid amount of college interest. Underclassman Edwin Ezedonmwen and Christian Beeke have played large roles, and veterans Khalil Depass, Serge Mudogo, and Greg Kidger have had big impacts on and off the court. At the end of practice I explained to the guys that we would be prepping for a game up north vs. a solid community college team on Friday and Saturday.

The kids were excited!

‘That’ll be a great scrimmage, Coach. It’ll be exciting, and less practice!”

Little did they know that they’d not only be practicing basketball but also falling in 2.5 feet of snow!

DAY 2—Departure

Each Friday we have faculty meetings, opportunities for the 36 teachers/administrators to get on the same page. This is only noteworthy because I need to provide a shoutout to my coworkers. All week I had said in many different ways… DON’T TELL THE PLAYERS OUR PLAN. We held it together. By Friday afternoon we were still playing a community college, thanks to the Hyde staff.

After a positive Friday scrimmage and late game situation-based practice, I had my final meeting with the team.

“Ok… just bring your normal gear for an away game. Oh yeah, bring your onesie and your pillows.”

The pillow comment nearly gave it away. Senior Aman Wisdom, a very bright guy, caught on.

“Pillows? Why do we need Pillows?? It’s a hotel, right?! With a pool? Coach is crazy.”

I quickly recovered and kept the dream alive. Nearly lost… we loaded the bus with 13 players, two coaches, and one giant secret: EUSTIS!

Coach Begly

WAL-MART: ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END

  • Farmington Wal-Mart.
  • 9 PM.
  • “Why are we getting off the bus, Coach?”
  • “Because I said so.”
  • Hasty speech.
  • 17 cat T-shirts purchased
  • Attitudes flare
  • Long Subway sandwich foot-long purchases
  • Hit the road on a silent bus to Eustis
  • Game on.

Eustis Yurt

Musings on my role and setting the stage for 2 days

I learned early on in my coaching that is it not a popularity contest: if you are always trying to make your players happy, you simply won’t have an impact on their lives.

I recall my first practice at the JV level, nearly four years ago. Fresh, fired up, and ready to go, I set the guys up in the hurley drill, a cross court ball handling drill. One player was struggling and as frustration grew, he started swearing. Quietly, quietly and suddenly, a massive f-bomb, and he kicked the ball across the gym. The other players stopped and stared at me… what would the new coach do? I paused and then promptly sent the young man out of the gym without question (He eventually played a large role on that 13-1 team). Many other examples exist, but I know that to get to a player’s soul, a coach must be demanding, consistent, and unafraid of criticism. Most of the negative attitudes early on came from a collective uncertainty. Only two of the kids had ever been to Eustis and certainly not in the middle of winter. I heard the grumbling, but I ignored it. I knew it COULD be a great weekend, and the kids would learn something.

At Eustis, we stay in large YURTS. Yep, just like the Mongols. The kids didn’t fully get this as we had our first meeting.

“What’s a Yurt, Coach?”

“I’m not staying in that tent.”

“There is a tree on that one!”

We eventually ushered them into their abodes for the weekend, and we were pleasantly surprised by the size of the beds and the fact they had heat. Half the team was with Coach Wimmer in Yurt Two, and the other half was with me in Yurt One. Communal livin’.

Coach Begly selfie

Day 1: EVERYBODY UP, PRAC, HIKES, TECH FREE + FIREWORKS

In my early days, I went to a high level basketball camp called 5 STAR. It is still near and dear to my heart. Despite making you want to cry and severely testing teenage Corey’s toughness for a whole week, 5 STAR made me much better as a player and hey, maybe even as a person. It was where MJ made his name. No… I was certainly not MJ.  Yet, one thing I took from 5 STAR was their unique ways of waking up young ballers early in the morning. The go to was whistles and Frank Sinatra blaring from the loudspeakers. A lesser used strategy was when a staff member would enter the cabin screaming EVERYBODY UP, EVERYBODY UP, IT’S A BRAND NEW DAY. It worked and made us mad, which probably led to more competitive drills. I followed suit, and the reaction was the same.

Basketball

Another advantage of Eustis is that we can put the kids to work—specifically in team cooking and cleaning. With Chef/Coach Wimmer at the helm we made a variety of meals including omelets and his famous burritos. Great teamwork.

We traveled to the anti-gravity center/gym for a tough two-hour practice, focused on defensive shape and the art of the box out. A key figure in our tale this weekend was TRIPP HENDERSON, a 6’8 bundle of fun. He also knows hoops, and we took to the court ready for action… with our own twist.

Our practices this year have been intense, and this was no exception. The kids competed and got up tons of shots. Suddenly as we got on the bus, the mood began to shift.

Coaches in cat T-shirts

“Are we hiking, Coach?”

“What gear do we have?”

“I might transfer to Hebron!”

Maybe not so much.

The Great outdoors

There are two Maines… southern and northern. Seems obvious right? Well, away from ‘Little Boston’ and the mid coast region, conditions certainly do change. The snow PILES up, 2.5 feet of it. As we got suited up in boots, jackets, gloves, and classic winter hats, we were somewhat ready for the conditions. Tripp brought us to a frozen lake, through the woods and past a few snowmobilers. A John Muir quote came to mind…

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

Next up: team building and communication games. We lay down on the frozen lake (first and last time for many of these guys) and worked as a team, having fun in the process. It was great to see the guys get involved and work together for a common goal. Suddenly… the FUN started happening: Tackling, Wrestling, Jokes, Stick Wars. You name it. I even was ambushed by the entire team, an acceptable punishment for my surprise at the Wal-Mart. I’ll take it. After all, I am a player’s coach.

We headed inside, weary but ready for burritos and games in the evening.

Winter hiking in Eustis

TECH-FREE OLYMPICS

I understand the angst teenagers feel when they have their phones taken away. As adults, most of us feel it is not a huge deal and being away from the device for a few hours could actually do a bit of good. IT DOES!

Try to think like a teenager. The phone is like a small piece of their soul. Harry Potter…you know. All your deepest, darkest secrets…your crushes…your pictures…your hopes and dreams…all on one glowing rectangle. After spirited debate with some of our players, we were able to obtain all of the phones. Victory for the coaching staff.

Without the phones, we built a competitive spirit for the first ever Eustis Olympics. No photos exist from this momentous event, but the guys got their uniforms (Cat shirts) and competed at 2K, Ping Pong, Lodge Golf, Paper Ball horse, Chubby Bunny, and finally…. BB-Gun shooting practice. Don’t worry—it was safely handled by Mr. Tripp.

In the end… dare I say it…we ended in a tie. So much for winners and losers. Either way…without the tech, the kids really focused on each other and supporting their team in strange circumstances. Good fun had by all.

Varsity boys basketball team in Eustis

Coach makes a mistake, haunted gyms, and final musings on the trip

On the court in Farmington

I woke up early Sunday morning ready to seize the day. Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a very active person. Going to the frozen tundra does not change this fact. I suited up for a morning run… it couldn’t be that bad, right? Sun was out…seemed okay out. I put on tights, my Wal-Mart wolf onesie, gloves, and a sweatshirt and headed out to run into town. About five minutes into the jog, I realized that this was a terrible error. My feet hurt. My face hurt. Other things hurt. As I slapped the gate, I started to worry a tad for my safety. Luckily I made it back to the Yurt and Tripp simply said,

‘Coach, you know it is negative 9 out…’

Never stop learning, right! DOH.

We finished our trip with a very random practice at the Farmington Rec Center. This place is a relic. I think Abe Lincoln played pickup here and likely controlled the glass. It was a tad concerning going downstairs into the basement, but maybe the clapping and energy gave the ghosts a show they’ll remember.

As we returned home, it was clear that the trip was a success. The guys may not admit it, but many had a great time.

We all have comfort zones. I like waking up at 8:30, easing into the day, getting in the tub, and reading an interesting book. Can I do this everyday? Nope.

Let’s get more specific without the joke… Human beings like routine. Our culture today exists, and we make decisions with the expectation that the outcome is known ahead of time. Basketball for me is a great equalizer. You never know if you are going to win or lose. Not really, at least. It wouldn’t be any fun if you did. So you PREPARE for all outcomes, just like life.

At Hyde, we prepare to be the best possible you. I feel Eustis ties into this message. It is the land of equal opportunity—everyone gets to hike, feel cold, turn in phones, take turns cleaning, dancing, creating snow angels. It is a place where our team could shed collective walls and show who we really are. I think it’ll pay dividends in the close games to come, but also as a memory to bet on in the future. We’re aiming to play on March 5 this season. Go Phoenix.

Basketball

-Coach Begly

Beyond Note Taking: Tips to Commit Lessons to Memory

There are plenty of guides and articles available today that offer guidance on how to study more effectively, or memorize information for exams – but few that offer tips on how to absorb more information during an actual lesson.

For students who find it difficult to focus during those early-morning classes, taking in the most valuable points of a class can be a very difficult task.

Learning is a very individual process, and chances are that what works for you may not be the same as what works for your friends, or even your parents.

Following, we’ll cover some of the best ways that you can improve your chances of absorbing information effectively during your lessons and lectures – regardless of what your next class might entail.

1.    Learn as Though You’re Waiting for a Pop Quiz

One good way to ensure that you’re learning as much as possible during a lesson is to pay attention to what’s being said in your class. Even the tiniest break in your focus could mean that the information you’re given doesn’t settle properly into your brain.

While maintaining focus is a matter that’s largely down to individual dedication and willpower, it can also help to convince yourself that you’re going to need to answer questions on the topic at the end of your class. For instance, if you believe that your teacher is going to ask you about what you’ve learned at any moment during a lesson, then you’re far more likely to pay attention, and often less likely to procrastinate.

2.    Participate in the Class

Most of the time, active learning is far more effective than passive learning. If you’re dedicated enough to immerse yourself within the learning experience as it is given to you, this should help you to stay focused and ensure that your brain is well prepared to absorb information through a multi-sensory experience.

There are plenty of great ways that you can go about participating in your learning experience, from getting involved with teams and group work to asking various questions during the lecture. Remember:

  • Do your best to answer questions when your teacher asks them – and don’t panic about being wrong. Learning often starts with having a few incorrect ideas.
  • When you’re split into teams or groups to complete larger activities, don’t allow other people to do all of the work. Engage your fellow students, ask questions, and offer your opinions on different matters.
  • Set aside time to speak to your teacher if you’re confused. If you really don’t understand a lesson and feel as though you need extra help, schedule some time to talk to your teacher at the end of the lesson when she or he won’t be distracted by other students.

3.    Take Notes

If you really struggle to absorb information the first time it’s given to you, then taking detailed notes gives you a second, third, and fourth opportunity to learn. Taking notes not only forces you to think about the material you’re learning – often helping you to find quick ways of paraphrasing important data, but it also gives you a great framework of information to study from later.

Remember that taking good notes doesn’t mean that you should simply copy down everything that your lecturer is saying. Instead, you should aim to copy down the broad outline, with specific information only as, and when you know it’s important. Note any major facts that you might have a hard time understanding, or that you know you won’t remember without help.

4.    Build a Nurturing Environment for Learning

If you find that your lab partner is a pain to be around, or all of your time spent studying is in front of a blaring television, then chances are you’re going to have some trouble with absorbing information.

You’ll need to search for a quiet environment that you can use specifically for studying if you want to give your brain the best chance of achieving great things. Having a distraction-free environment allows you to bypass procrastination and learn in a practical, and effective way.

If the classroom environment is a problem, then you may need to ask your teacher for help, or simply move seats to another part of the room. If your home environment or dorm room is the problem, then you’re going to need to track down other options for studying – such as a library.

5.    Work with Your Unique Learning Style

You’ve probably heard the term “learning style” before. In simple terms, learning styles represent the different ways in which our brains can absorb information. There are a wide range of different learning styles out there, and while many people can learn using every different learning style – there’s often one or two that will work best for you.

Often, you’ll find that you can take online tests that might help you to get a better understanding of what your learning style may be. Once you know what works for you, you can address your learning style with your teacher, and adapt it to your study habits. For example:

  • If you remember things better when listening to them, rather than reading information from a book, it might be useful to take a sound recorder and record difficult lessons that you can play back to yourself during study sessions.
  • If you learn better when examining graphs and charts, then you might be a visual learner who can study best by drawing up their own infographics to ensure that they remember information better.
  • If you’re constantly tapping your foot during class, or finding that you feel the need to move – you could be a physical learner. In this case, it might help to fiddle with a small object during class or going for walks when you study.

Learning what your most effective learning style is and adapting your studying techniques to follow that pattern is sure to help you absorb information better in a long-lasting and successful way. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different learning styles to find the one that suits you.

Using these five tactics should help you to more easily be able to absorb and retain what you are learning in class.