Back To School Survival Guide

Download the Back to School Survival Guide
Download the Back to School Survival Guide

Hey Fellow GirlMoguls – we know that you’ve probably managed to survive your first week of school unscathed.  If anything embarrassing has happened, we know you laughed it off and have moved onto to the next challenge – surviving school day in and day out!  Yup – can you believe you have to do this every day!  Well we’re here to help -like true GirlMoguls – and we created the GirlMogul Back to School Survival Guide – it’s a quick little book that’s yours free just for being a GirlMogul.  You can download the guide right here – just click on this link.

And be sure to share it with your friends, cousins, anyway you can think of!  They’ll thank you for it!

How to Ace a Test, Part Deux

How to Get an A-Plus

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy again, with some more test taking tips.  So you practiced my study tips and you’re totally ready to ace the test, right?  Here are a few test day tips that will make sure you don’t feel any of the test day panic – ok so, maybe you will, but you’ll be able to beat and get a good grade:

  1. Relax- We’re not just saying chill-lax here.  Try a relaxation exercise – like closing your eyes and taking a few slow, deep breaths as you tell imagine yourself getting the test paper back with a big fat A on it.
  2. Warm up – Every test has easy questions on it and hard ones. Go through and answer the questions you know. Stumped – just circle that question and go back to it later – but don’t try to sweat through it on the first go around
  3. Trust yourself – studies show that our first answer is usually the right one – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check your work.  If you have time, go through your answers, but don’t second guess yourself.  Your first instinct was probably the right one.
  4. Read the directions – trust me, we’ve all done it – forgotten to answer the last page of the test, or answered questions wrong because we didn’t bother to read the directions.  So don’t risk points off because you think you know it all – take a second to read the directions – all of them!

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How to Ace A Test

How to Ace Any Test
How to Ace Any Test

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Poppy here.  I’m actually pretty good at taking tests, so the other GirlMoguls thought that I should share some of my best test taking tips with you before we all headed off back to school.

  1. Know you test – before the test, get as much information from your teacher as you can – like is it multiple choice, true/false, essay or short answer.  What topics or chapters will it cover?
  2. Study smart – sometimes we like to talk about how effective multi-tasking  can be – watching tv, texting, folding laundry, but well that strategy doesn’t work so well when you’re trying to study for a test – trust me – I’ve tried.  You actually spend less time studying if you get rid of distractions and just focus on studying.  So lose the email, the iPod and the cell and hit the books
  3. Don’t Cram – umm, you really don’t remember more if you try to fit in the entire Revolutionary War into night.  If you’re having a big test, repetition of smaller blocks of info is key.  Schedule study time every day leading up to the test – spend a small part of the time reviewing your last study session and the rest of the time on the new stuff.  Save the night before for a review session – not a cram session
  4. Get a study buddy – some people study better with other people – if you’re one of them then find a study buddy – quiz each other on vocab words or practice those word problems together
  5. Use flash cards – simple index cards can be a big help.  Write key concepts – the words, people or events on one side of the index card and on the other, put the facts or definitions.  Study the cards until you know the answers and then use the flash cards for a quick review quiz.
  6. Eat right and sleep well – yup a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast will make you smarter – at least on test day – so don’t skimp on either.

With these few GirlMogul Poppy tips – you’ll be acing just about any test that comes your way.

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What’s Fun about Being the New Girl at School

What's Fun About Being the New Girl At School

Hey GirlMoguls – it’s Rose here, and there was a time when I was the new girl, and let me tell it was no fun – all I wanted to do was to be back at my old school, in my old town, with my old friends.  But since New York City is like a million miles away from good ‘ole Weston, my new hood, it was pretty unlikely that I was going to see my new friends anytime soon.  So here I was…the New Girl in town…and if you are too, you can use this 4 part strategy to start your new life…

  1. Keep an open mind – It’s easy to think that the grass was always greener in your old school and home.  You were used to it and life felt good – and comfortable.  You might be inclined to dwell on how it used to be…but that can make you a real drag to be around.  And trust me, if you go about comparing how much cooler your old school was to your new one, umm, pretty much no one will be interested in being friends with you…So before you start your first day, tell yourself that your new school is going to be WAY COOLER than your old one – keep telling yourself this and your mind will believe it – and you’ll be ready for the new adventure.
  2. All the World’s the Stage – as the new girl, people will be wondering what kind of person you are.   And all they’ll have to go on is what you show them. Now I am not talking about a total re-invention here.  But if you have always wanted to be bubbly and outgoing, but really are a bit of a shy girl, well now’s the time to start being bubbly and outgoing.  Smile and say hello, strike up conversations.  After all, no one here knows you were a shy girl at your old school.  Now, don’t try to be someone you’re not – ‘cause that never works for long.  Just picture your best self – and try to be that person during the first few weeks.
  3. Don’t be a wallflower – get out and say hello.  Sometimes being the new girl means that you’ll get a lot of attention and it will be easy to meet new people.   Other times, being the new girls means, well not a whole lot.  So if the kids at your new school aren’t coming up and introducing themselves to you, don’t worry – take the initiative – but don’t try too hard.  Just smile, say hello and try making some short conversations or small talk with the friendliest kids.
  4. Be patient – You don’t find new BFFs overnight – usually.  So be patient and let friendships grow.  Try to be friendly to as many people as possible and get a sense for who they are – it might turn out that the group you wanted to be friends isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.   It might take a while to find your spot – but you will find it – and find out that maybe you belonged there all along.