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Study Tips: Start the new year off right and study harder

by Charlotte Woo

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            Did you have trouble studying last semester? Here’s your chance to revamp your studying habits. It’s a new year and a new semester, and it’s better late than never! When it comes to general classes, AP tests, the ACTs and the SATS, I’m here to help you.

            General Study Tips:

  • Clear a workspace. If you study in a place where you typically take naps, you’re not going to get anything done. Having a space saved especially for studying and homework will give you a sense of productivity, and you’ll actually get some work done.
  • Don’t leave your studying to the last minute. I know it’s tempting to go on Facebook and go on Tumblr and leave all of your studying to the last day before a test, but that’s no way to learn. If you know you have a test coming up soon, get a bit of studying done every night. Even if you only study for ten minutes, it’s going to help.
  • Set a study schedule. Setting aside time specifically for each subject will make for a more productive study session. Knowing how much time you have to concentrate on each subject will keep you on task and will make for a more productive study session.
  • Break studying into manageable pieces and take breaks. Studying everything all at once is no way to study. That’s just cramming information into your head, and none of it is going to stick. Studying small sections at a time and taking breaks will help you retain the information because you’ll have time to think about what you read instead of just reading more information.
  • Eliminate distractions. Though you may need a computer to do your work, using the computer is not the greatest idea. You’ll get distracted by everything on your computer. Try to have your study materials in physical form. If you must use the internet for your studying, go into your internet browser settings and block the websites that could tempt you from completing your work.
  • Get at least eight hours of sleep prior to your test. If you stay up late studying, none of the information will be retained. You’ll end up forgetting everything.

AP Tests:

  • Do practice problems released by College Board. Doing the released sample problems will give you a sense of what to expect on the AP test, and knowing what to expect will help so you won’t be overwhelmed the day of the test.
  • Take at least one full practice AP test for your subject. Take the full test, set it aside and grade it the next day. By taking the full test, you’ll be able to pinpoint the information you actually need to study to be ready for the AP test.

ACTs/SATs

  • Like the AP test, do released practice problems. Know what to expect from the standardized test you’re taking.
  • ACT: Spend some time developing your critical reading. Though the ACT contains a science section, the questions ask you to read and understand what the graphs and hypotheses mean more than they ask what specific details like a chromosome is or how a ribosome works.
  • SAT: Spend some time on vocabulary. There’s a lot of compicatd vocabulary on the SAT that you won’t know, and you won’t be expected to know. But being able to figure out what a word means based on its prefix, root and suffix is a helpful skill. When you don’t know a word, you’ll be able to break it down into parts that will give you a sense of the word’s actual meaning.

Hopefully this helps you this upcoming semester. Just remember to relax and to not get too stressed out by a test. Getting a perfect score on a test is not worth damaging your mental health. Happy studying, and good luck with all your tests!

Beyond Bullying project pushes for the happy side of LGBTQ stories

by Lauren Nieto

 

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   Ever wonder about the good stories of the LGBTQ community? Ever think about the positive results of others coming out to their parents, instead of the bad sides? Well the Beyond Bullying project is pushing for those positive stories at Lincoln High. The Beyond Bullying is a storytelling project. They’re inviting all students, teachers, staff or anyone part of the Lincoln High School community to join in and tell their stories about experiences and about LGBTQ families, friends and lives.

   They’ve set up a storytelling booth in the garden right behind the new buildings.  There you can record any types of experiences you’ve had with LGBTQ sexuality such as: crushes, families, friendships, break-ups, coming out, harassment, bravery, and aspirations.

   The recorded stories go towards research to help understand LGBTQ sexuality and school acceptance. They will be translated into print and web-based reports directed towards educators in order to promote a better understanding of LGBTQ sexuality.

   The research questions reach out to teachers also in asking what is required for teachers and staff to recognize and incorporate stories of LGBTQ sexuality in everyday cultures of schools.

  Beyond Bullying wanted to break the stereotypes of the LGBTQ community by gathering the good stories the students had to share.  Beyond Bullying coordinator Wazi Davis states that the common terms used to describe the LGBTQ community are anger management depression. Although she says, “I think Lincoln High has more safe spaces than most high schools.” There’s still room for improvement.

   Davis talks about the booth itself and why it’s so inviting to the students of Lincoln High, “I think it provides a private space,” Davis claims, “It’s completely sound proof.” As more students attended the booth Wazi was told by many students “They feel like they finally have a voice.” The booth did give off a secret safe space as when I went to go tell my story I felt like I could talk for hours and not be judged or looked down upon for sharing a story.

    The biggest concern Davis brought up was student’s problems with the staff. “Students say some days are better some days are not with the staff members.” She said.  I too have noticed the staff is part of the issue when it comes to LGBTQ problems, such as not cracking down on homophobic slurs used in the class or halls.  Lincoln still has a lot of work to do to create safer spots for LGBTQ youth in school, Beyond Bullying was a first step to bring the hidden voices that hide in Lincoln and more events should be planned in the future to keep the flow going of a safe space for the LGBTQ youth.

 

 

 

People in the Halls

by Liping Huang

 

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Tito Quinonez: Sophomore

What’s in your bag?: Only necessities like my English reading books

If you were stranded on an island, what would be one thing you would bring?: An iPod full of Hip Hop music.

Which celebrity do you hate and why?: Kanye West because he thinks he’s the shit

What would you be most likely arrested for?: Fighting for what I think is right

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?: My own pet; A rat terrier dog named Chips.

What TV or movie character do you want to be?: The Godfather

 

 

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Kelly Ju: Main Office TA

What’s in your bag?: Asian chocolates and my work uniform

If you were stranded on an island, what would be one thing you would bring?: A survival guide

Which celebrity do you hate and why?: Miley Cyrus because of her clothing choices

What would you be most likely arrested for?: Being crazy after a breakup

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?: Baby tiger

What TV or movie character do you want to be?: One of the minions from Despicable Me

 

 

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Michael Sandoval: Senior

What’s in your bag?: Old Spice deodorant, toothbrush, cologne and school supplies

If you were stranded on an island, what would be one thing you would bring?: Sweet and sour chicken

Which celebrity do you hate and why?: 2Chainz because he got robbed in San Francisco and he won’t admit it

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?: White tiger

What TV or movie character do you want to be?: Happy Gilmore

 

 

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Saba Gebrezghi ASB Director of Spirit

What’s in your bag?: I always have my iPhone charger, AR book and my Clipper Card (because Muni cops always tryna play me)

If you were stranded on an island, what would be one thing you would bring?: A pumpo sized, caramel green apple black milk tea with extra boba and normal sweetness.

Which celebrity do you hate and why?: Idris Elba because he is not my husband.

What would you be most likely arrested for?: Dine and dashing

If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?: A peacock

What TV or movie character do you want to be?: Kim Possible

Ask the Log

by Ear Noel Unit

 

Q. What is the best way to come out of the closet?

A. When you decide that it is the right time to come out of the closet, it’s important to start out with people you know with full certainty you can trust. And when I say this, I don’t just mean your closest friends and family; look into how you predict they’ll react at this news. Some people think this is earth-shattering news, and other people don’t. You’ll want to start with people who won’t consider this earth-shattering, since their relatively minor reactions will allow you to become more comfortable with telling other people.

    Even if it’s something that you’re perfectly fine with being completely open about, you’ll want to only tell a few people at first, since the more people you tell, the more news might spread, which can lead to you being targeted for homophobic attacks. Another important thing to remember is that you don’t have to make it a big deal. If you make it a big deal, it’s more likely that who you’re talking to will make a bigger deal about it, and this can lead to them reacting in a more negative fashion to it. But most importantly, don’t let anyone keep you from doing it if you feel like that’s what’s right for you.

 

 

Q. In the hallways or on the bus, I often overhear conversations or comments that are offensive- either because they’re sexist, homophobic, sexist, or just mean. I usually don’t know the people personally, but they’re part of my Lincoln community, and this language upsets me. Should I say something? How?

   A. If you are offended by what people are saying, I believe that you should speak up against them, not only to stop the current harassment, but to hopefully prevent any harassment in the future. The problem with not speaking up against comments like this is that the people making these attacks get this idea in their heads that these comments are absolutely fine to make. However, if you speak up and tell them to stop that behavior, even if they brush off what you say, it’ll still get the idea that saying what they were saying will have consequences put into their head.

    Calling them out will also hopefully prevent future violence from occurring, either from or to the people making these comments. If this behavior isn’t confronted in its early stages, it could possibly evolve into physical attacks and hate crimes, which could lead to someone getting hurt or worse. On the opposite side, if they say these things to the wrong kind of person, they could end up getting attacked themselves, which would teach them a lesson, but also involves people getting hurt, which is what we’re trying to prevent in the first place.