iPoll’s Ideas for How to Make This the Best School Year Yet

This was back to school week here at iPoll and we’ve presented a great batch of tips for parents to pass along to their kids. For today’s post, however, my suggestions are for the kids themselves. These ideas apply to students of all ages and levels of academic achievement. Consider these the lifehacks you need to make this school year the best ever.

Set a Schedule

Your class schedule will become the foundation for your school year, but you’ve got a lot more scheduling to do. Most important is the homework schedule. The best approach is to set aside a specific amount of time each night to knock it out; you can think of this as the Homework Zone. While you’re in the HZ, your cell phone should be off and your social media use suspended. The horror, right? Actually, you can and will survive. Take it from a world class procrastinator: when you stick to an assignment schedule you won ‘t be beating yourself up for waiting to the last minute.

Your new schedule also has to include “lights out.” You might have had a great summer staying up all night, binge watching The Walking Dead or Instagramming with friends. With the new school year underway, you should plan to cut back on that. You know that feeling of fatigue you feel at certain points in the day, especially in the middle of the afternoon? That’s from lack of sleep. Don’t fall into that trap.

first day of school

School is back in session. Are you prepared to make this the best school year? Image source: Flickr user woodleywonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

August 15th, 2014 at 12:56 am

Back to School: iPoll’s Helpful Tips for Parents

Just between us parents, we all can admit that our first thought when the kids go back to school is a resounding, “Hallelujah!” If you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, then fall marks getting your sanctuary back. Working parents can rest assured that the kids are keeping busy. All eyes are on the prize of getting through the school year successfully. No matter what age your student is, there will be lots of ups and downs. The most proactive way you can fortify their education experience is by showing up. Let’s get specific:

Parents In Class

Yes, mom and dad, you get to go back to school, too! Image Source: Flickr user: woodleywonderworks

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Written by Rick B.

August 14th, 2014 at 4:50 pm

iPoll’s Survival Guide for the First Day at a New School

True story: Before entering into a new school for seventh grade, I went to an orientation with the parental units. This was a big, new place that was sure to be filled with millions of strangers. With my class schedule in hand, I was given the time to map out my route from the front door to homeroom. I had this nailed. Three days later was the actual first day. It marked my first time on a school bus and my first time without a school uniform. The moment I landed in that horde of kids and faculty, I was completely lost. The bell rang and in an instant, the hallways were clear except for me. I slowly made my way to my homeroom and I became that kid who was late on the first day. Ever since that experience, I’ve had a deep-seated fear of orientations.

Not knowing the way around school may be one of the many hurdles that your kid might face on that first day. As much as you’d like to be there with them for every moment, you can’t! This is something they’ve got to work out on their own. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t arm them with some valuable first-day-in-a-new-school survival tips. You’ll be glad you did!

Get Ready For The First Day

Nothing beats buying school supplies for the first day! Image Source: Flickr user: Heather Elias

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Written by Rick B.

August 13th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Dorm Daze: iPoll’s Tips for Life in Residential Halls

If you have a college age kid who will be heading off for their first semester away, then it’s time to pop the champagne cork. You did it! You got them through the first 18 years and now they’re going to take all of those life lessons and cram them into a room that is probably the smallest they’ve ever lived in. Relax; they’ll be just fine. Of course, it won’t hurt to arm them with some valuable dorm life tips, courtesy of iPoll. Yes, they might be going on but you’re still the parent and you still get to “inject” whenever the spirit moves you! Here’s how to avoid dorm daze:

Dorm Life

Just the basics and a few cool posters are all you need. Image Source: Flickr user: Daniel Borman

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Written by Rick B.

August 12th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Mobile Army Monday: What You Can Learn From iPoll Surveys

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. As the proud owner of a “senior” pup, I can attest to that, with the exception of a new treat. When that dog finds something he likes, he’ll gladly perform stunts for the goodie! As for us humans, we should be learning something new every day. That’s another one of those “they say” sayings. For kids heading off to school in a couple weeks, they’ll be filled with learning every day. Hopefully, the transition to a new school or dorm life won’t be traumatic. Thankfully, iPoll is standing by this week to provide all kinds of vital back to school tips and guides. As for what you can learn by taking a Mobile Mission, that lesson would be “How To Make Money The Easy Way.”

Getting To School

Does this image make you happy or sad? Image source: Flickr user ThoseGuys119

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Written by Rick B.

August 11th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

iPoll Tells You What To Watch During Shark Week

Binge watching television is now a thing. Thanks to online streaming and video on demand, you can settle down with your favorite missed series and watch them all in a row. Yes, this means devoting an entire weekend to the viewing but it’s a small sacrifice to make when you can see all of House of Cards or Iron Chef in one sitting. Over at the Discovery Channel, they’ve got the perfect binge viewing programming but this will take you seven days to digest. We’re talking Shark Week and this year promises to be a shark-tastic adventure. Here are the highlights.

Fans of Shark Week

Best way to watch shark week is with a chum buddy. Image Source: flickr user: Jason Meredith

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Written by Rick B.

August 8th, 2014 at 6:46 pm

iPoll Presents The Best Places For Shark Sightings

There are plenty of scuba divers who have a tale to tell about a brush with a shark. This could mean going down to a coral reef to find Nemo only to have an unwanted fish with “dolls eyes” swim by. Then there are those divers who intentionally seek out the sharks. Usually, this would mean going over the side of a boat in a steel cage while giddy deckhands chum the waters. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see Jaws up close and personal. Definitely an adrenaline rush. The only stipulation for anyone going shark watching should be uttering the phrase, “We’re going to need a bigger boat” at least once every hour. You can get plenty of shark action during Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. If you want to get closer, then iPoll has the perfect spots for you. Consider yourself duly warned.

Shark DivingShark feeding a.k.a. something I’ll never do in a million years. Image Source: flickr user: Joi Ito

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Written by Rick B.

August 7th, 2014 at 7:13 pm

iPoll Roundup: Cool Shark Flicks Other Than Jaws

As the Discovery Channel is warming up the dorsal fins for its big Shark Week, we will no doubt be inundated with all things selachimorpha (look it up). In fact, if you were to do a Google news search for “shark attack” you would no doubt find a new entry every day. Today’s attack happened to a nine-year-old boy who was boogie-boarding off the Florida coast when a 3-foot shark tried to make him a snack. Luckily, for the kid, his mother was swimming right next to him and managed to scoop him out of the water. He’s got a severed Achilles’ tendon and ligament damage. Plus, the coolest story ever. For most of us, the closest we’ll come to any shark action is watching it play out on the big (or little) screen. Let’s stipulate that Jaws is the greatest shark movie ever made. Once you get over that hump, you can have some fun with sharks. Here is the iPoll roundup of the cool shark flicks other than Jaws.

Jaws Shark

Imagine having this show up in your fish tank. Image Source: flickr user: William Warby

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Written by Rick B.

August 6th, 2014 at 6:54 pm

iPoll Presents Everything You Need To Know About Sharks

If you’re afraid of spiders, you have arachnophobia. If horses give you the shivers, you have equinophobia. If you cringe at the thought of worms, you have scoleciphobia. What about a fear of sharks? Actually, that would just make you sensible. The official classification of a fear of sharks is galeophobia from the Greek “galeos,” which roughly translated means “swimming fish machine of death.” I might be exaggerating there a bit. Although we might be afraid of sharks, we certainly have a fascination with the creatures. Any movie trailer that shows a fin in the water can guarantee box office gold. Over on the Discovery Channel, they’ve devoted a week to nothing but sharks for years. It’s the highest-rated week for the entire channel. As you get your chum ready for viewing, iPoll would like to load you up on everything you need to know about sharks. Always good to go into the waters as an expert.

Up Close With A Shark

Things I'll never do: Feed a shark. Image Source: flickr user: Joi Ito

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Written by Rick B.

August 5th, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Mobile Army Monday: Take A Bite Out Of iPoll Surveys For Big Bucks

Did you survive Sharknado: The Second One? This was the follow up to last year’s surprise, instant cult classic Sharknado. It’s kind of amazing that they could crank out a sequel in just a year. Then again, the production standards weren’t all that high to be begin with. If Sharknado has got you itching for more shark stuff, you’re in luck. Next week is Discovery Channel’s ode to the shark known as Shark Week. It’s all shark, all the time. The one thing that is unique about sharks is that they’re always in motion. They’re constantly on the prowl for their next meal. They can’t help themselves. They’re sharks! How does this relate to iPoll’s Mobile Missions? Well, you have to be in motion to take these special surveys. If you think of your next “prey” as money into your iPoll rewards account, then it is clear that iPoll’s Mobile Missions makes sharks of all of us.

At The Bank

Just got back from the bank and I’m happy to report I was making a deposit! Woo-hoo! Whilst there, I almost forgot about the Bank Mission that was waiting on my iPoll app. I’m always checking the app when I’m out and about but that doesn’t mean that I’m near a mission hotspot. That Bank Mission has been taunting me for quite some time. I have to admit there were times when I went to the bank but forgot the mission. Not today. BTW, as I was waiting for the telling to do their teller thing, I was doing the app. and got so caught up that I left my car keys on the counter. Rookie mistake.

Shark Breach

Not something you want to see when swimming. Image Source: flickr user: Travelbag Ltd

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Written by Rick B.

August 4th, 2014 at 9:42 pm