Olympic Level Workout
A Day in the Life
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Notes on Notes
No matter our age and place in life, note-taking – in some form or fashion – has relevance. In the last few weeks, for example, I’ve had to scribble down my bank account number, thoughts and ideas in preparation for a conference call, reflections on the day for a report, plans for summer adventures, and new strategies for SAT testing. It’s safe to assume I carry around one too many notebooks.
Certainly, as a student, note-taking holds even greater importance. It probably isn’t necessary to hash out all the why’s, but it is worth stating that good notes lead to better grades – on coursework, on tests, and on exams.
So, what are good notes? How does a digital academic environment help or hinder note-taking? When during a lesson should a student be taking those copious notes? The never-ending series of questions we can ask about note-taking underlines its relevancy – and the series of answers available to us probably requires extensive note-taking, too!
by USPA Learning Coach, Gregory Vickrey
Some Notes on Notes
To spare you the need for doing that, let’s filter it all down to a few concepts which may be applied to coursework at USPA.
Write stuff down. There, I said it. Even in the digital academic environment it pays to write stuff down. Edgenuity, our primary online platform, does a great job presenting lessons in forms conducive to note-taking. The visuals on the slides organize information in such a way to make it easy to follow the video lectures. The start and stop and reset buttons are very handy. And main learning points are always highlighted. Write that stuff down! For most of us, the physical act of writing helps the information stick in our brains.
Make them personal. Do you enjoy visuals more than reading paragraphs? Diagram your notes in such a way that the info is better organized for you. Is mathematical terminology confusing for you? Use Google to look up the meanings of those words and symbols you find confounding, translate those simpler terms in to your own, more comfortable, words, and put those down on paper. Use color to highlight important stuff. Try shorthand that makes sense to your brain. Be as creative as you can to make your notes fit who you are.
Augment your notes with thoughts, conversations, and research. When speaking about a course or lesson with your online teacher, learning coach, or another USPA student, add the good stuff to your notes. When Googling to better understand trends in the Periodic Table, scribble down your research and where you found it. When your brain asks questions or provides answers as you think through concepts, share those, too, with the piece of paper in front of you.
These three pieces alone will go a long way toward improving note-taking abilities, information retention, and grades. The extra effort will ultimately lead to more efficient note-taking, too – paramount to the busy athlete in you.
More questions about notes? Shoot me an email: Gregory.Vickrey@GoUSPA.org. I’m happy to share more ideas, resources, and… wait for it… notes with you.
For most of us, the physical act of writing helps the information stick in our brains.
Olympic Level Hockey Workout
Nikki won USA Synchro Nationals Swim Team champion, figures champion, & combo champion.
Grace placed 1st in the 14-15 tower and 3M and 2nd in 14-15 1M event at the Red, White, & Blue meet.
Hannah will be representing the US for synchro swim in Portugal in August!
A Day in the Life of a USPA Student-Athlete
1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup green, red and yellow peppers, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups egg substitute
1 cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat a cast-iron or oven-proof skillet with olive oil. Add mushrooms, peppers and onion. Cook over medium-high heat until soft, then turn off heat. In a large mixing bowl, combine tomato, eggs, egg substitute, cheese, salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into skillet, and stir a little to distribute vegetables and cheese evenly. Bake for 45 minutes or until the center of the frittata is set and the color is golden brown.
Healthy Recipe for Athletes: Vegetable Frittata
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