Tips & Success Blog

Meet the Teachers Behind the HIT Music Video “READ” – Motivating Students Through Art

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

How many of you can say you had — or have — teachers who loved you enough to release an educational music video to the world JUST TO MOTIVATE YOU IN THE CLASSROOM?! The students of Oak Park Elementary School in Florida are that fortunate. I recently shared the music video “READ” on the Black And Making It: Edu Edition Facebook page, and the video has gotten over 9.8K views and 356 shares to date. With such great audience reception, I decided to invite the Oak Park Elementary teachers behind the music video for an interview, and they graciously agreed. Check out my interview with them in the video below. Watch to the end to see the full “READ” music video.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

Roommate Etiquette 101 – The Dos & Don’ts of Living Together

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Heeding these eight points will keep you from being the nightmare roommate famous for all the wrong reasons. Watch the video below.

Video Key Points:

1.) Know HOW to share and remember the fact that no one is obligated to share their personal belongings.

2.) Be clean!

3.) Be courteous with visitors.

4.) For college, respect that — first and foremost — the dorm room is a place of study, not a social hangout.

5.) Keep up with your alarm clock.

6.) Voice your concerns respectfully to your roommate. It does not have to become a screaming match if there is an issue.

7.) Likewise, know how to listen to your roommate and his or her needs.

8.) Be pleasant. You don’t have to be buddy buddy or do everything together to be a nice person to be around.

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If you are a student, share this college tip with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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Tips on How to Focus When You DON’T Feel Like It

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Every student has those moments when they have A TON of work to do but very little focus drive left. Watch the video below for the secret weapons I use to channel all of my energy into focusing when my brain does not feel like it.

 

Video Key Points:

1.) Don’t do homework with friends you KNOW will distract you.

2.) Find study buddies who HAVE amazing focus and will hold you accountable.

3.) If you are sleep prone, study at the library, outside at a park, or at a quiet coffee shop instead of your dorm room or bedroom.

4.) If working on your computer, turn the wifi off, so you can’t do things like click over to social media or check your emails.

5.) Create a study schedule that you stick to like glue. Routines are good for staying in study groove. Click here to see my video on building study calendars.

6.) My personal trick for myself is sipping on a cup of tea or coffee. I don’t know why it works for me, but it just does.

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If you are a student, share this study tip with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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From Homeless to Picking the College of His Choice – Meet Dylan Chidick

“JERSEY CITY, NJ — Homeless students have rougher times in school than many others, but one New Jersey teen whose family struggled through homelessness beat the odds.

Dylan Chidick, 17, has been accepted to 17 colleges. Chidick, who’s class president at Henry Snyder High School, was inducted into the National Honor Society when his family lived at a homeless shelter. Now he’s got his choice of schools, including Xavier University, New Jersey City University and Rowan University.

“The situation that my family has been through, I don’t want it to define me,” Chidick said.

Chidick lived in Brooklyn with his mom and younger twin brothers until a few years ago. The skyrocketing cost of living triggered an emergency move to Jersey City.

“It was because of the rent,” Chidick said. “It got too high in New York.”

His brothers both needed heart surgery. Mom Khadine Phillip lost her job.

“Everything went downhill from there,” she said.

Phillip credits non-profit Women Rising with providing a safety net for her family and for her son’s future.”…Continue reading on Pix11.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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College Parties: What You Need to Know (Video)

Hello BAM-iT Edu Class,

Many things come to mind when people think about college: first tastes of freedom, independence, studying, career, tough work load, greek life, PARTIES. Yes. Parties. Before you dive into the college party scene, though, there are a few things you need to know. Watch the video below.

Video Key Points:

1.) Only party with RESPONSIBLE friends.

2.) Don’t drink! But since I know many of you are going to anyway, have a designated driver who doesn’t even take a sip of alcohol all day.

3.) Don’t do the drugs. PERIOD. That includes weed. I’ve seen it mess up some folks.

4.) If you don’t go, you aren’t missing a lot. The stories that come back are almost never good. The horrific stories in the news about some students dying at out-of-control parties are real.

5.) If your homework is not done or you are not prepared for that test, don’t go. Graduating on time is more fun. It sounds like a given but so many people choose socializing over studies. Don’t be that person.

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If you are a student, share this study tip with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

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Try Building a Study Calendar to Prevent Cramming (Video)

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Kiss cramming and last-minute homework completion goodbye by building a study calendar. Learn how to map out your less stressful plan for academic success by watching the video below.

Video Key Points:

1.) Buy a giant calendar, and hang it or post it in your dorm room where you have to look at it EVERY DAY.

2.) Using your class syllabi, mark on your calendar the dates of quizzes and tests as well as when papers and projects are due.

3.) Give yourself mile markers leading up to each test/project/etc. that will ensure you make it through “x” number of chapters by “x” dates. This helps you pace yourself with studying, so you are not cramming at the last-minute.

4.) Include among your calendar mile markers dates to visit your campus tutoring center — or BAM-iT! Edu Tutoring — to make sure you have a good understanding of your class subject matter. This is also good for making sure your class projects, papers, and presentations are on the right track.

5.) Also, include among your calendar mile markers dates to visit your professors during their office hours. Building a strong, appropriate professor-student relationship is important. It gives you a chance to get the schoolwork inside scoop that students not attending office hours will not get. It also gives you a chance to ask questions and make sure you are on the track for success.

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If you are a student, share this study tip with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

 

Did You Know Notre Dame Allegedly Had Its First Black Valedictorian in 2010?

“Katie Washington, who is from Gary, Indiana, [was] a biological science major at the University of Notre Dame. She was the University’s first Black valedictorian.

The University officials say they do not retain records on the race of previous students who have graduated at the top of their classes, but a spokeswoman Julie Flory told the Northwest Indiana Times, “I personally don’t recall us having a Black valedictorian before.”

Washington told the paper that she was “humbled. I am in a mode of gratitude and thanksgiving right now.”

She downplayed her success by saying that she had not gotten to that point alone.

“I have had so much support, people who really wanted to see that I reached my full potential. They all had my best interest at heart….” Click here to read more on Black Youth Project.

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If you are a college student, share this success story with your friends. If you are a parent, share this with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

Speed Reading for Students (Video)

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

How many of you have ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of reading you have to do for school? If you are a college student, you can definitely identify with this. So much to read! So little time! And yet, it must get done. Take a look at the video below to learn how you can cut through the work load with a bit more ease.

Video Key Points:

1.) Read the introductory paragraph then the conclusion paragraph.

2.) Then, read the first and last sentences of the body paragraphs.

3.) Go back and read more throughly if you have time.

4.) This method does not work on ALL types of writing but is generally good for reading informational texts and books. Use your discretion.

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If you are a college student, share these success tips with your friends. If you are a parent, share this video with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

Manage Your Money as a College Student – 3 Easy Tips (Video)

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Raise your hand if you are a college student. Raise your hand if you know — really know — your money will take you through the end of the school year. Raise your hand if you know your money will carry you through the summer — all expenses covered — even if you do not land a summer job or paid internship. Watch the video below to learn a few super easy tips that will help maximize that college financial package and alleviate stress due to finances. Who wants to go through college worried about money? Not you. Watch.

Video Key Points:

1.) Make a budget at the back of your spiral or on your phone, so you can keep up with your meal plan money.

2.) At the top of the school year, set aside the money you will need for summer housing on campus and living expenses, so you do not blow through it during the school year.

3.) Use an investment app like Acorns to start investing NOW. This will be very helpful for your future. For more info, check out The Black Business School.

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If you are a college student, share these success tips with your friends. If you are a parent, share this video with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder

3 Reasons Cheating Will Ruin You Academically and Professionally

Hello BAM-iT! Edu Class,

Today I discuss the ramifications of cheating. Although cheating is widely condemned some students and professionals feel like it is a means to get ahead. I am here to tell you THAT IS NOT THE CASE. You may have a momentary advantage, but it will hurt you in the long run and may even cost you money. Watch the video to learn why.

Video Key Points:

1.) Cheating kills your reputation as both a student and professional.

2.) Cheating leaves you without the knowledge and skills needed to make money.

3.) Cheating makes you a dishonorable person no one trusts or wants to work with which ultimately kills your money flow.

If you are a college student, share these success tips with your friends. If you are a parent, share this video with the students you have in your family. Let’s work together to make sure the students in our community are Black And Making It! Subscribe to BlackAndMakingItEdu.com to receive future content designed to help black students and professionals succeed.

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dsc_2005Click here to schedule your tutoring session today! Whether you are a parent seeking tutoring for your child, a college student feeling overwhelmed by papers, or a career veteran who wants to take your written and verbal communication to the next level, I have you covered. No matter your age or skill level, get help with: grammar, essays, research papers, written statements for college and job applications, presentations, and speeches.

~ Ayvaunn Penn, BAM-iT! Edu Founder