The saying, 'practice makes perfect' could be more accurately put, 'practice under pressure, with focus and that glorious end goal in sight, makes perfect.' This TedEd Talk explains how it is helpful to practice under pressure. For example, if you're sitting a practice exam paper, you could set up your physical environment to reflect the actual exam setting and set a timer. Focus on doing the task and don't overanalyse it. Visualise yourself doing well as this also helps you to succeed under pressure.
Knowing how to start a conversation is an important life skill. Here are six conversation starters that you could use with almost anyone—from your new next door neighbour to the new kid at school. Ditch the awkward silence and staring at the ground and try out one of these conversation starters next time you meet someone new. Look them in the eye, smile, say hi, tell them your name, ask them theirs, then go for it. You might learn something interesting.
Knowing how to do laundry is a vital life skill. Understanding the care instructions on your clothes is an important part of this. If you don't follow these instructions you risk shrinking or damaging your clothes which may not be disastrous if it's a $10 t-shirt, but it's another story if it's an expensive jacket or dress.
It's not hard to do laundry but there are some basic principles you need to remember to avoid any laundry disasters.
Research has shown that being tidy and organised improves productivity. Your bedroom is most likely where you sleep and study. Whether it is palatial in size or more like a shoebox, there are things you can do to ensure it is a tidy conducive for study. If everything has a home it is easier to put it away when you have finished with it. I love K-Mart and Ikea for storage solutions but there are plenty of ways you can reuse-use items at home. Here are some of my favourites:
Here's a little pep talk from the former First Lady.
If you have a part time job and have been taxed you will need to fill in a tax return. If you have never lodged a tax return before, The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has information here. The ATO also has an online calculator that will let you know if you need to lodge a tax return. If you don't, you need to complete a non-lodgement advice instead.
The video below shows you how to set up a myGov account. Your tax and medicare information are managed through myGov.