5 Books All Teens Should Read

“Never judge a book by its movie”

As a book lover, it makes me sad to see that less and less teenagers are actually reading. Reading is definitely not for everyone, and there’s nothing wrong with not enjoying it. But how can you know you don’t like something if you don’t try it? There’s something so indescribably beautiful about novels that I can’t believe people are missing out on! Here are some books I think every teenager should read at least once.

1- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher*

Yes, this is the one that’s recently been adapted into a Netflix series (that doesn’t do it justice, in my opinion). When I first bought this book a few years ago, I stayed up all night to read it and had a massive headache in school the next day. But it was so worth it. This is an incredibly heart wrenching story, with an incredibly important message.

2- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton*

This short novel was part of my eighth grade required reading and I’ll admit that I wasn’t very excited to start it at first. Once we got into it I found myself feeling for the characters as if they were my own friends. The dialogue in this book is very believable and there are a few quotes that I still think about quite a lot (“Things are tough all over”).

3- The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (Adapted by William Goldman)

This one won’t be very good for every once, but will do the trick for readers who are looking for a lighthearted story with a little bit of romance and humor. The dialogue in this one is very witty and sarcastic and will definitely make for a good read.

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4- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver*

This book was turned into a fairly good movie this year. While it might not be a book you’d want to read more than once, it definitely should be one you read. It really gets you to think about the impact of your actions and choices on the people around you.

5- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson*

Technically, this book was written for younger audiences (around 6-8th grade) but seeing as it’s made it’s way onto the list of banned books I think it can have a spot here too. I’m still dealing with the ending though, so proceed with caution if you don’t want your heart broken.

*May contain material that is offensive/disturbing to some readers.

It’s no secret that I love books. They’re all I ask for as gifts and I never have any money because I’ve spent it all in the Young Adult Fiction aisle. My bookshelves are my favorite part of my bedroom. If you read just one book off this list and enjoy it, I’ll consider my goal to spread my love of reading accomplished.

Unwind

Playlist: To Help Unwind

Anyone who knows me knows that I get stressed out very easily. It’s quite annoying, especially at this stage in my life where I’m constantly having to think about SAT prep and college applications and AP courses and extracurriculars and a whole host of other things. Although, it does have a few benefits, one of which being that I have a lot of coping mechanisms to help me deal with stress. Today, I’d like to share with you my anti-stress playlist!

The music on my playlist varies quite a bit, which is quite weird I’ll admit, but feel free to use it as inspiration to create your own anti-stress playlist or just use it exactly as is!

*Please listen with caution, as some songs deal with sensitive subjects or contain some offensive language.

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#1 Heart Out by The 1975*

#2 The Run and Go by twenty one pilots

#3 One More Shot by Russ*

#4 Valerie (Amy Winehouse cover) by the Glee Cast

#5 1-800-273-8255 by Logic (ft Alessia Cara and Khalid)*

#6 You’re the Best Thing About Me by Kygo and U2

#7 Young, Dumb, and Broke by Khalid

#8 Lock Me Up by The Cab

#9 Glorious by Macklemore (ft Skylar Grey)

#10 Say When by The Fray

 

A Modern Classroom

Textbooks and notepads no longer do the trick for learning. Times have changed and teaching methods have evolved a lot over the last few years. The modern world is so completely dependent on technology, it’s almost crazy to imagine that schools wouldn’t put it to good use. Using technology in class can help students learn more efficiently.The introduction of videos and other visual aids into the classroom environment has made learning a lot more enjoyable. Nowadays, common classroom tools include smart boards, computers, and projectors.

Smart boards are interactive whiteboards. The teacher can project an image from a laptop or computer onto the smart board and then draw digitally on it. A lot of teachers use PowerPoints in class to explain the materials. Having a computer in the classroom allows them to save the PowerPoints to the desktop where any student can access them for use when studying at home. TVs allow teachers to play DVDs relating to subject material. Computers can also be used for this purpose.

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Students who are used to using technology outside of school might be frustrated with the lack of tech in an old-fashioned school. Students with learning disabilities or attention disorders might find it easier to pay attention to something that doesn’t bore them as much as a teacher speaking for around an hour at a time. Students who learn better when they are shown a concept instead of having it explained to them can benefit from videos and other visual aids.

On the other hand, the writing skills of today’s children have decreased dramatically. Because everything is typed or recorded (usually in compressed forms for convenience), handwriting skills are no longer considered important. As a result, students are a lot more messy and use incorrect grammar and spelling in their essays. Graphing calculators, smart watches, and tiny cameras have also made it a lot easier for students to cheat.

There is no way for teachers to effectively teach their students without technology anymore. Students simply don’t have the attention span to listen to someone speaking for 8 hours a day, nor are they interested in a class where there is no interactive activities. But teachers should try their best to eliminate the negative effects of technology. Let students take notes and write essays by hand and correct their spelling and grammar whenever possible.

 

Helpful Study Tips

With it being back to school season, students all over the world are trying to find the best methods to make this academic year as productive as possible, and CareerFear is here to help. Here are a few scientifically backed study tips for you to try out.

1. Give yourself enough time to study.
We’ve all stayed up late the night before a big test trying to fit as much information into our overstuffed minds as possible. Cramming the night before, having slacked off all year, never works. There’s no way the brain can grasp onto that much material in such a short amount of time. Your best course of action if you choose this method is to pay attention every day in class, revise every night before you sleep, and then refresh your memory once or twice the day before the exam.

2. Move around.
“How can I remember stuff more easily?” Study in different places. This forces the brain to make new associations with the same material and makes it easier to remember.

3. Rewards!
Human beings like to be rewarded for their hard work. Its totally normal. Set small studying goals and, upon achieving them, treat yourself to something that fits the goal. Candy bars, a short (and strictly time enforced!) nap, and time with friends are all good ideas.

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4. Study groups.
Host a study group and invite as many people as possible. The more people who show up, the more likely it is that someone will understand something that you don’t. Studying in a less controlled environment can also help you feel more comfortable and more receptive to information.

5. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
“How do I stay focused on a task?” Studies suggest that it takes 15 minutes for your brain to become fully immersed in a task. Set a timer for 15 minutes and get to work. When the timer goes off, you can choose to take a small break or keep working for another 15 minutes.