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The school year is kicking into high gear; the first quarter is over and routines have been set. Now is probably a good time to evaluate how you are spending your time on homework, sports, clubs, and activities, which may all be starting to pile up. With that comes the challenge of keeping up and staying ahead of the game. At Southlands, we have a few tips for you, so that you can optimize your time in the best way possible. We hope and pray these are useful to you throughout the rest of the school year.
You may be working hard and have a great work ethic, but one way to maximize your time is to review your class notes soon after getting home from school. Not only is the material you just learned in class still fresh in your mind, studies have shown that studying material a few hours after learning it is more effective than studying it a a few days later. “Studying one hour immediately after a class will do more good in developing an understanding of the material as several hours a few days later. Studies show that as much as 80% of material learned in class is forgotten within 24 hours if there is no review.” – oknsa.org So next time you get home after school, crack open that textbook for a good hour of studying before turning on the tv.
2. Stay Organized
Organization is probably the most common advice in the book. Nothing will do more to jumble your mind than a messy desk or scraps of paper crammed into your notebook. Organizing your class materials will go a long way towards improving your study results as a whole.
3. Prioritize your work
In this day and age, there are great apps that can help you to organize the list of assignments you take home each day. Creating a to-do list can help you prioritize and keep you accountable when completing assignments; not to mention, it also brings a sense of accomplishment when you can check things off your list!
4. Create a dedicated study space
In order to stay on top of your work, try creating specific places in your room or living room that are dedicated only to homework and studying. This will help train your mind for study mode and minimize any distractions you may have.
5. Manage your time
Afternoons can fly by quickly if your time is not managed well. Many of you have extra-curricular activities which only leave you with a few hours to complete your homework and make room for studying. Setting said distractions and keeping a disciplined schedule can go a long way.
TV shows, gaming, and social media can wait, but unfortunately due dates and exams won’t.
6. Rest and rejuvenate
While it’s important to set aside time, for dedicated school work, we also want to stress that a good night’s rest is also pivotal in order to maintain a healthy school/life balance. It can be difficult to read a chapter on relativity and quantum theory if you’re running on four hours of sleep. Make sure to cut yourself off from other things when bed time rolls around and eat a good breakfast before heading to class. In Scripture, we read that God rested from His work as an example for us to follow. Not only is it good to look forward to rest, resting itself works wonders in clearing your mind and helping you to refocus.
Lastly, experiment. Every student is different, and now is a great time to figure out what works best for you. We recommend following the above tips; applying them to your every day life should go a long way.
We had a blast at this year’s Middle School Spiritual Explosion last week. It was great to see God working to impact and change student’s lives up at camp, and it is our commitment to continue that journey towards the Lord back at campus.
Thanks to Mr. Marco Mejia and the band for leading in a powerful time of worship, and Jay Koopman for bringing the word! Check out this great video recap from last week!
When we think of explosions, we often envision fireworks or other loud and spectacular visuals. The lights and sounds accompanying explosions aren’t easily forgotten. At Spiritual Explosion, we hope to accomplish the same lasting impact on our students – a life changed by the spectacular presence of God.
Every year, middle school and high school students spend three days at camp on a retreat. The change of sceneery from the busyness of homework and due dates allows us to meet with God and encounter Him in a fresh, exciting new way. Whether this is the sixth time or the first, we pray that it will be a fun-filled week of bonding with fellow students, teachers, and a chance to learn a ton!
Take a look at this passage from the Bible that coincides with this year’s camp theme:
“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.” Ezekiel 36:26-28
In these verses, we read about an Israel that was in trouble. They had given themselves to false gods and had fallen into all kinds of sin – in other words, they were a mess. They continually rebelled against God, so He punished them according to His covenant by removing them from the land.
But God provided a solution for Israel’s problem: a “spiritual transplant.” Here in Ezekiel, we find that He promised to remove their spiritually dead hearts and give them spiritual life – a brand-new, beating, living heart. He did this by giving them his Spirit so that they might know Him, love him, and be His people. He promised to bring them back to the land and bless them. This kind of transformation and encounter with God is what we pray for the students. That is is why we named this year’s camp “Transplant.”
We believe that this spiritual transplant is the same kind that Jesus offers us in John 3, when He says that all people must be born again from above in order to enter the kingdom of God. It is a spiritual transformation that God offers to men, women, and children of every nation and that includes us! If we simply put our trust in Jesus, we will be saved.
Our prayer at Southlands is that we all can experience this anew or for the very first time these upcoming weeks.
See you at camp!
This year, the Southlands blog will periodically feature voices from across campus. Students, faculty, and staff will share their thoughts and have a chance to share their heart with the rest of the Southlands family in this space.
This week, Campus Pastor Steve Lee shares his perspective from a weekend trip to the Harvest Crusade with 45 of our students and about 10 of our staff and teachers. The Harvest Crusades have taken place here in Southern California for the past 29 years at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. These events are designed for Christians to bring family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors to hear the Gospel message presented in an impactful way.
This weekend, our students attended and enjoyed music from Lacey Sturm and Lecrae, worshipped with Phil Wickham, and heard the Gospel presented anew from Pastor Greg Laurie. Here are some reflections from Mr. Lee.
I am always thrilled to witness God going beyond my expectations; it’s in those moments that I realize just how small my faith is. He did it again this past Saturday. We attended the Harvest Crusade in Anaheim this weekend with about 45 of our students, and I found that I was asking myself this simple question: who moved their hearts and who actually brought them to the Harvest Crusade? The answer, of course, was God.
When I saw the joy on the faces of our students, many of whom I didn’t even expect to come, I was simply amazed. It was God’s work! And seeing 45,000 people come together just to worship and hear from God, shouting out and raising their hands to lift up His name, I was struck by the majestic manifestation of God’s glory. At one point, I looked up and asked God, “Do you see this, God? Do you see all these people shouting out Your name? We are all here just for you. Do you see these young students trying to live for You?” I felt like I saw a big smile on His face and I literally felt His joy. This is it! This is why we do what we do!
I also realized that what God is doing is bigger than our school. God is raising up the next generation for His kingdom. I have an undeniable confidence that God will use our school to expand His Kingdom and to make disciples of all nations, ultimately for His name to be glorified. He has started His good work this year and He will surely complete it. He will do only the things that He can do, just like He did last Saturday. All praise to Him alone! This has been a great start to what promises to be a good year.