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Found a couple of tips I wrote to myself as a student. I hope you find these practical and useful!

Tips learned to study more effectively


1.      Zoom out/choose a smaller font when reading on a computer. It is less stressful on the eyes (don’t need to move as much), and less time is spent in scrolling through on the article.

2.      Read through the entire article’s bold points first, then read the whole article. Try to finish the article in one sitting to get the context. Highlight/ underline/ take notes after every section in the article. I find that splitting a reading and coming back later I waste some time trying to remember what I had read before.

3.      Make blocks of time to study to stay focused. Sort of like the previous tip, beginning to study is the hardest part; therefore, having to “prepare to study” less times will make studying less stressful.

4.      Remind myself why I study – God, family, future family

5.      Take breaks In between studying, not during. Take meaningful breaks, meaning do something that will recharge me to continue my work. For me it is taking a walk, napping, planning my to-do…

6.      Study (sometimes) with friends – This is a great way to encourage each other to work hard and remind myself why I want to study hard. To love my friends. Be wise in who to study with and when, sometimes friends just want to hang out (which is fine, but if I need to study, I better go study)

7.      Go to your professor/T.A.’s Office Hours. Even if I don’t have any questions, I can learn much from my fellow students. Also a great time to ask

8.      If all these methods don’t work, perhaps I was not meant for school. There are over ten thousand other ways to make a living that do not require a bachelor’s degree.

9.      Sleep/Time management -, Though it is tempting to neglect sleep to study for a test the next day, a neglect of sleep will hinder not only your ability to take the test, but possibly hinder your entire week as you are fatigued and not able to think at your best, making unwise decisions.

10.  Form study groups – Get to know my fellow classmates and keep each other accountable, encouragining one another to do well!

11. Use caffeine wisely, caffeine before 1pm is less likely to effect my sleep.



Some reminders to myself from teaching sunday school to children.

General Tips:

  1. Pray for the students, since only God can change hearts.
  2. Know the lesson, allow God to teach me before I teach the kids. How can I teach them something I don’t understand?
  3. Don’t ask simple yes, no questions. Ask questions that allow them to come up with thoughtful answers!
  4. Be colorful and loud in your expressions! Remember the teachers that you thought were boring? Don’t be monotone, unexpressive like them!
  5. Play with the children, get to know them outside the classroom. Show them that you care!
  6. Remember that you are not alone in the children’s ministry, be active in bringing children to meet and know other brothers and sisters too. Like introducing a new friend!


Pray for them!

  1. Remember they are children. Though they do not understand now, be firm in discipline so that they won’t be all over the place. Once children see that you allow them to bend the rules, they will all join in and get worse and worse. “Give them an inch, they will take a mile.”
  2. Get to know them outside the class! Children who have a relationship with you may tend to listen more attentively.

Hanging out with children:

  1. If you do not have much experience playing/interacting with children, try asking “Can I play? What are you playing?” Young children never seem to run out of games or things to do. (Isn’t it funny how the older we are, the harder it is to keep ourselves entertained? Moral of the story is to ‘never grow up!’)

A practice run of “Having Fun Writing a Simple Love Song to my Wife” before presenting it in my songwriting class today, hope you enjoy it!


A little background of the song can be found here:




A reminder that everything is a gift from God, both the good times and the sad times.


Every beat, every beat
is a gift, is a gift from God
Every breath, every breath
is a gift, is a gift from God

Every cry, every cry
is a gift, is a gift from God
Every step, every step
is a gift, is a gift from God

Every choice I make
Every life You gave
Everything I have
Everything I am

Every day I live
Every trial I face
Every tear I’ve cried
Every one of these nights
Is a gift, from God

Every choice you make
Every life He gave
Everything you have
Everything you are

Every day you live
Every trial you face
Every tear you’ve cried
Every one of these nights
Is a gift

Here’s a song I wrote last week for a songwriting class I am currently taking at UCLA, for fun! 

Being single is a hard season in a person’s life. Since the second grade I’ve been looking for the One God has in store for me. If I must continue waiting, might as well have fun while doing so! Here’s a song to my future wife, wherever you are. Hope this encourages the singles out there! (I definitely need encouragement… 😦   )

“Having Fun Writing a Simple Love Song to my Wife

Sitting here writing a love song
to my wife, a simple melody
Using the I, vi, IV, V chords

For the lyrics, letting it go
Having fun, just pen and paper flow
With the words I wish to say


In a simple song and a melody
Like a child learning the Do Re Mi
Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do

Do to you I say I do, I do
Re(Ray) of light from my morning star
Mi Forget about me cause it’s all about you, you, you
Fa I’m falling, falling for you
Sol(Soul) Destined to be yours alone
La (Love) you forever
Ti Till eternity

Do, Re, Mi, Sol, La, Sol, Mi, Re, Do
Sol, La, Ti, Re, Do

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