184; Stress level: Midnight

Endlessly searching for delicious sweets in your kitchen, having energetic dance sessions in your room, playing dress-up with all the skirts, shirts and shoes you own—whatever task you may  choose, succeeding in avoiding the inevitable is always a result! Although procrastination— the loveable frenemy we’ve all grown extremely close with— serves as a creative outlet for unique and fabulous ideas, it doesn’t benefit our attempts to successfully complete tasks at all. With these tips, you will learn how to buckle down and study for that important Biology test without any distractions.

1. Make a to-do list and stick to it!

Fill your to-do list with everything you must complete for that specific day. Don’t include too much though. Feeling overwhelmed will actually make your procrastination more of a dynamic act in your life! Crossing off finished tasks from your pretty stationery proves to be more effective than crossing off completed tasks from your mental to-do list. Literally seeing all of the progress you’ve made so far will give you more of an incentive to continue on with your goal!


2. Fight anxiety!
Do you feel anxious by the thought of working on a particular task? Don’t fear, girl! Nancy Schimelpfening, a writer for, offers her own effective anxiety busters:
Deeply inhale while counting five heartbeats (check this by feeling your pulse). Exhale as you count five heartbeats. Feel those anxious thoughts that have haunted you, exit your mind. Your heart rate will slow down and you will feel less tense after these breathing exercises, preparing you to take on any challenge! For more of an in-depth breathing exercise, check out this helpful video!

3. Break it up!
If your huge English project seems too difficult and too intimidating to tackle, break it up into smaller and more realistic mini-goals! How about researching and thoroughly outlining one day, and printing images for your poster board the next day? You would need a lengthier time range, but taking your time and perfecting your super important project totally beats staying up all night and rushing through it. How about writing one page of your Shakespeare essay every night before its due date, rather than stressfully writing the five page paper the night before? Select the scenario you find less stressful.

4. Reward yourself!
Reward yourself if you complete every task in the allotted amount of time you have provided for yourself! Watch a cute YouTube video, a music video, or even half an episode of Glee! Wanting to know what happens to Rachel and Finn in the duration of the first half of the episode will force you to finish your next task in order to win the remaining half of your prize.
**Helpful hint: Don’t allow yourself to cheat. Keep an eye on the time, or have a friend call you to let you know when 30 minutes have passed so you know that it’s time to hit the books again!

5. Just do it!
Think Nike, and just do it! Complete the work you’ve been avoiding, sit at your desk, and do it! You will be so proud of yourself, girl. The feelings of accomplishment, relief, and happiness will be so worth it when you finish!  

Follow these tips, and complete that project you’ve been avoiding for days! Then, finally reward yourself by devouring that cupcake in your kitchen, happily rock out to T-Swift’s music in your room and play dress-up until your closet is empty!


—Grace Gavilanes

Photo by Sara. Nel

Ever notice how high schools only make the national news when something really bad happens? We at ME decided to change that with Hi, School! Just think of it as the ultimate shout-out, or even an epic high-five, just so you know there are people out there who recognize the excellence happens every day in every city. Nominate your school today!Wayland High School— Wayland, MA

Location: Wayland, MA
Population: around 1,000
Mascot: Warriors
Newspaper: Wayland Student Press Network (WSPN)
AwesoME Achievement: This awesoME school is getting a makeover, and it’s almost done!

C’mon, who doesn’t love a good makeover? Esepcially when the final product results in a better learning environment, more space to hang out with your friends in the cafeteria and bathrooms you’re not afraid to touch. Count ME in!  This Massachusetts hot spot is home to the Wayland Warriors— scholars, achievers and fantastic bakers. This week was a stellar week for Warriors’ Athletics: The football and volleyball teams scored their first victories of the season! Keep them coming, Warriors!


Ever notice how high schools only make the national news when something really bad happens? We at ME decided to change that with Hi, School! Just think of it as the ultimate shout-out, or even an epic high-five, just so you know there are people out there who recognize the excellence happens every day in every city. Nominate your school today!Lowell High School— San Francisco, CA

Location: San Francisco, CA
Population: around 2,600
Mascot: Cardinals
Newspaper: The Lowell
AwesoME Achievement: Surviving the Civil War (Founded in 1856, it’s the oldest public school west of Mississippi)

Sure Lowell High School is 155 years old, but it’s hip. So hip, it can even teach you a thing or two about how to be a hipster. Apparently that ‘s not the only thing Lowell High knows: Its average SAT scores of 2010 smoked the California average SAT scores by as much as 124 points! LHS Alumni went off to start HP (erm, not Harry Potter, Hewlett Packard) and The Gap. On Thursdays students can channel their inner Rachel/ Mercedes/ Kurt/ Finn during the the newly-formed Glee Club. Ah, music to our ears.


Ever notice how high schools only make the national news when something really bad happens? We at ME want to change that. That’s why we started Hi, School! Just think of it as the ultimate shout-out, or even an epic high-five, just so you know there are people out there who recognize the excellence happens everyday in every city. Nominate your school today!

Santiago High School 


Location: Corona, CA
Population: around 4,000
Mascot: Sharks
Newspaper: Shark Attack
AwesoME Achievement: California Distinguished School (2005)

Meet Santiago. In a shark tank of 4,000+ students still find ways to stand out by joining clubs and extracurriculars that let them express themselves and spruce up their college applications. With award-winning teachers and students with a heart to give back, we at ME couldn’t help but give this week’s Hi,School to the home of scholars, achievers and champions!


It’s that time again, back to school. No fear! We at ME spent the entire summer searching for solutions that will make school a breeze. First stop, English class. Next time you have to write that four-page analysis of Antigone, upload it to Kibin to get it proofread for free. Kibin is an online proofreading service that uses its community of volunteer editors to proofread your essay and can get it back to you with helpful comments in less than 24 hours! That means real people will read your essay and will likely catch the mistakes that spell check just can’t catch (example: “there” vs. “they’re”)!

Here’s how it works: First you join the community or sign up by logging in with your Facebook account. Upload your paper to the platform and Kibin will convert it to HTML in its special platform that lets users highlight, cross out and make comments on your paper. To get your papers read for free, you earn credits by reviewing papers from other users. In a rush? Just pay one penny a word and get your paper back within 24 hours. You can even get it quicker if you want to pay more. Check it out!


SAT Math Reference BoxThis is it: the Math section of the SAT®. You look at the first problem and instantly get stuck. Which formula were you supposed to use again? Skip. Next question: same thing! You flip back to the reference page but all the formulas start to run together and you draw a blank… That reference box is not as helpful as you thought. It’s one thing to know the formulas will be on the test, it’s another to actually know how to use them.  Not knowing when to use formulas can cause you more stress, take more time, and give you lower your chance to get that high score you want.  Let ME help you avoid all of that with this tip:  Learn how to use the formulas. It will save you time and give you confidence so you can breeze though the problems and finally take a breath. Practicing examples like the ones below will help you out.


Area of a circle: The area of a circle is the number of square units inside that circle.

The area of a circle is 78.5 square meters
What is the radius (r)?

Glittery circle

  A= πr2
  78.5 m2 = 3.14 · r · r
  78.5 m2 ÷ 3.14 = r · r
  25 m2 = r · r

  r = 5 m


Area of a rectangle: To find the area of a rectangle, multiply the length (l) by the width (w).

A rectangle has a length of 8 centimeters and a width of 3 centimeters. Find the area.

glittery 8x3 rectangle

  A= lw
  = (3 cm) · (8 cm) = 24 cm2

  A= 24 cm2


Pythagorean Theorem: In a right angled triangle: the square of the hypotenuse (the longest side) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides.



Pythagorean Theorem

a2 + b2 = c2
92 + b2 = 152
81 + b2 = 225

Subtract 81 from both sides:

b2 = 144
b = √144

b = 12

Volume of a cylinder: A cylinder is a space figure having two congruent circular bases that are parallel.


Volume of cylinder

  Find the volume of a cylindrical canister with radius
  7 cm and height 12 cm

  V= 3.142 · 72 · 12
  V= 3.142 · 49 · 12

  V= 1847.5


It may make sense to take the easy way out by finding shortcuts, but sometimes shortcuts turn problems from simple to super complicated. Once you internalize how to use the formulas, you’ll do less flipping to the reference box and more skipping through the hallways celebrating your triumph!

-Breea Mitchell



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