Pocket Guide for Gunn Freshmen! By: Lisa Jackson A period Living Skills

  • Learning Styles There are three main learning styles: Audio, Visual, and Kinesthetic. Learning your learning style is key to figuring out the best way to study and succeed at Gunn. A visual learner learns the best through images, pictures, and other visual queues. On the other hand, they can also be distracted very easily visually. Therefore it is best for visual learners to study in calm, secluded areas preferably not in front of large distractions such as windows. Auditory learners learn best by hearing something. For example, to memorize something they might need to repeat it out loud to themselves. Kinesthetic learners learn best through hands-on activities. Also, they may not be able to sit still for long periods of time which means one should take frequent study breaks to stand up walk around and stretch.

When you..
Kinesthetic & Tactile
Do you try to see the word?
Do you sound out the word or use a phonetic approach?
Do you write the word down to find if it feels right?
Do you sparingly but dislike listening for too long? Do you favor words such as see, picture, and imagine?
Do you enjoy listening but are impatient to talk? Do you use words such as hear, tune, and think?
Do you gesture and use expressive movements? Do you use words such as feel, touch, and hold?
Do you become distracted by untidiness or movement?
Do you become distracted by sounds or noises?
Do you become distracted by activity around you?
Meet someone again
Do you forget names but remember faces or remember where you met?
Do you forget faces but remember names or remember what you talked about?
Do you remember best what you did together?
Contact people on business
Do you prefer direct, face-to-face, personal meetings?
Do you prefer the telephone?
Do you talk with them while walking or participating in an activity?
Do you like descriptive scenes or pause to imagine the actions?
Do you enjoy dialog and conversation or hear the characters talk?
Do you prefer action stories or are not a keen reader?
Do something new at work
Do you like to see demonstrations, diagrams, slides, or posters?
Do you prefer verbal instructions or talking about it with someone else?
Do you prefer to jump right in and try it?
Put something together
Do you look at the directions and the picture?

Do you ignore the directions and figure it out as you go along?
Need help with a computer application
Do you seek out pictures or diagrams?
Do you call the help desk, ask a neighbor, or growl at the computer?
Do you keep trying to do it or try it on another computer?
Adapted from Colin Rose(1987). Accelerated Learning.

  • Inside the Teenage Brain The brain is a very delicate thing that many people tend to take advantage of. There was an old theory that brain development was finished around age three. However, scientists have recently discovered that the brain is constantly re-wiring itself. During the teenage years especially, the brain undergoes a massive remodeling in structure. As a teenager, the brain is hyper-sensitive to developing good or bad habits based upon experiences that will affect active synapses. For example, a teenager is much more likely to become addicted and is much more vulnerable to a substance abuse versus an adult. For example one study showed that a teenager's memory is reduced 10% by serious alcohol abuse. Since teenagers are still in a critical developing stage, their brains require much more sleep: at least 10 hours a night. However, realistically teens sleep much less than they should.
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  • Media Influences The media is highly influential to our world today. 80% of all Americans are unhappy with their overall appearance. 11 million people in the United States are battling a deathly eating disorder (for example anorexia or bulimia). 95% (10 million) of these 11 million people are women. Americans are exposed to an average of 3,000 advertisements every day. The image below on the left is just one small example of the sexual images the media is presenting us with today. Therefore, the media is the best place to reverse it’s own images and promote the idea of loving yourself for who you are, and showing pictures and advertisements with a larger variety of body types.

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The media has such a strong impact on our world today. Out of 3,000 advertisements women see every day, what if at least one made each person feel good about themselves, not envious of one models skinny body or large breasts? The advertisement above on the right is a great example of the kind of advertisements that should be infiltrating our media. This advertisement is very effective at getting the point across to young women because it really puts what people are doing to their body in a different perspective.

  • Disabilities There is much being done in our society to help people with disabilities today. For physical disabilities, public places are becoming more accommodating for example there are "corner cuts" for people on wheel chairs to get down the curb, there are also sound sensors at some street corners to alert people when the light turns green, there are handicap parking places in front of most buildings, and there are handicap bars in bathrooms. Other examples include making water fountains accessible, wheelchair elevators, and ramps next to stairs. Another major big step is the start of the Paralympics, in 1960. The paralympics are an extension of the Olympics dedicated to people with a disability, amputation, blindness, etc.
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  • Meditation Gunn is certainly a stressful environment, however there are also a lot of resources to help relieve the stress. One helpful tip is meditation. It can help to relax the body and relieve stress. To just meditate at least Five minutes each day would greatly reduce stress and lift a weight off your shoulders. The following video is by Bridget Woods Kramer. She gives some lovely tips with a guided meditation including for example that it is good to take a shower or wash your hands before meditating to further your sense of purification. Also, that it is a good idea to set up a meditation spot with a special blanket or shawl to keep it consistent.

  • Sleep Sleep is a major part of everyday life. No one can live without sleeping and we end up spending one third of our lives sleeping. The effects of not sleeping are severe. One main effect is memory loss; you are less able to remember things if you are sleep deprived. Also, study's have shown that studying for example or memorizing something just before you get a good nights sleep gives you a higher chance of remembering it. In addition, throughout the day it is near to impossible to stay awake and focus clearly. People can get horrible headaches, mood swings and become easily irritable or even bitchy. With a lack of sleep, the immune system drops which makes is easier for you to get sick. Other disease issues that not sleeping can cause include heart disease, stroke, diabetes,and high blood pressure. It also causes poor judgment and slow reaction time which is why people are not advised to drive late into the night when they are very drowsy. Another abnormal symptom is an intensified Hunger. This is caused by a hormonal imbalance in the brain.
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Everything needs sleep, animals too!
Average total sleep time per day
18 hrs
15.8 hrs
12.1 hrs
9.7 hrs
3.8 hrs
African elephant
3.3 hrs
1.9 hr

  • Tobacco Tobacco is a widely known and used drug. It can be smoked and chewed. 20% of all deaths are related to tobacco. Up to 1/3 of adults in the world use tobacco, about 1.1 billion people. One of the main effects is cancer; it can cause lung, heart, kidney, liver, uterine, or bladder cancer. Tobacco also severely increases chance of heart disease, attack and stroke. Another large part of tobacco is Nicotine. Nicotine is very addictive and very poisonous. Tobacco and another drug called Marijuana can be considered "gateway drugs." Although not everyone who uses tobacco or marijuana automatically start using more potent drugs such as cocaine or meth, a significant number

  • Alcohol Alcohol is the number one drug among teens, 80% of all high school students have tried alcohol. There are many reasons why people drink, peer pressure, depression, curiosity, to feel older, or to reduce stress. Alcohol is a depressant that targets the nervous system. It slows down body processes, slurs speech and may cause staggering movement and inability to comprehend. Alcohol also impairs one's judgment and therefore cause someone to not make smart decisions or do something they normally wouldn't.
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Unit 6
  • HIV/AIDs HIV is an Human Immune Virus that attacks the body's t cells. Every day, 17,000 people around the world get HIV; this is a current pressing struggle that millions of people all over the world are dealing with. It then takes 10-12 years for HIV to develop into AIDS, which is the last step in the disease. AIDs stands for Auto Immune Deficiency. The four ways one can get HIV are through sharing needles, blood transfusion, unprotected sex and it can also be passed from mother to child. The only four liquids which can pass HIV are breast milk, semen, vaginal fluids and blood. Once you get HIV however, it takes 0-6 months for the test to show up positive, this is referred to as the "window period." So, prevent HIV! Start by abstinence with both sex and needles. However if using needles are necessary, for diabetes for example, sterilize them by cleaning them in bleach. Also to prevent getting HIV through sex, use a condom or another type of barrier and get tested.

  • Teen Pregnancy 1,000,000 teens become pregnant every year. Out of these pregnancies, only 60% of them result in live birth, the other 40% are either a miscarriage, given up for adoption or terminated by abortion. Abortion has become a very controversial topic in our modern world. Also, sometimes in a teenage relationship where the girl becomes pregnant, the boy might pressure the girl to get an abortion. However, he does not have more of the personal tie to the baby so he is less likely to be hesitant. There are some example in which the boy is adamantly speaking against an abortion, but these are very rare. For teenagers though, at any time during the pregnancy, it is always safer than live childbirth. Another large problem among teen pregnancies is DENIAL. It is common for most teenagers to ignore some of the earlier signs and simply think that they are invincible and that it could never possibly happen to them. However, but putting it off, their options for dealing with it slowly dwindle.
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  • Extra Section: One major thing to remember at Gunn is to become involved! Try out for sports, they are an awesome way to make friends and enjoy yourself!! Also, even if you do not want to participate in sports yourself, you should certainly go and support your school's team. Drag your friends along and have a blast at Friday night football games for example.


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  16. Ask me if i care: Packet
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