We all know that studying can be a pain. A long, sleepless night spent reading a 10 pound text book may not be the most exciting way to prepare for an exam, however we all know it is necessary. It’s time to make studying fun and give your brain a break. Learn how to not only study harder, but also study smarter with these study tools!

JSerra CHS Blog_Study ToolsBe an active participant in your study session

Reading a paragraph over and over just won’t cut it. Take notes, highlight and color-code to give your brain something to remember. You want to learn the content, not just memorize it for the exam and forget it the next day.

Get creative

Use simple acronyms, abbreviations and analogies to stimulate your mind. This allows yourself to relate the content to something you are familiar with. Remember, make it fun and simple!

Break time

Don’t forget to take breaks while you study! Just like having to take breaks when you do physical exercise, it is just as important to take breaks when you are exercising your brain. Break time is a great way to rest your mind, and stay motivated. Use break time as a reward after you finish a difficult math problem or finish reading a chapter.

Manage your time

It’s not just the time you spend studying that matters. It’s what you can accomplish during that time. Make sure to set goals and develop a study plan to keep yourself from procrastinating or getting stuck on one subject.

Mix it up

If you study in the same place for every test, mix it up! A change in scenery can help you focus and get the job done. Also, if you listen to the same type of music when you study, mix it up! Listening to different music can help stimulate those brain waves and makes studying more enjoyable.

JSerra CHS Blog_Study ToolsStudying doesn’t always have to be such a drag. It’s important to remember that we all learn differently, that means we all study differently, too! Use these study tools to find the technique that works best for you and develop your own study skills. Have fun and good luck!

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We are proud to share more of our Lions recent university commitments! Our Swimming Lions have a fantastic record and we are excited for these two! Kaitlyn Albertoli has committed to Stanford and Brittany Kahn has committed to Duke.

JSerra CHS Blog_University CommitmentsKaitlyn Albertoli committed to Stanford. An All-County swimmer, Albertoli is a member of the U.S. junior national team for 2013-14, finished second last season in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles at the CIF Division 1 finals. She posted a 22.71 at the Trinity League finals that shared for the county lead. Albertoli was a key member of our CIF Division 1 titles during her freshman and sophomore seasons and is a 2012 and 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier!

JSerra CHS Blog_University CommitmentsBrittany Kahn, distance freestyler, has committed to Duke. As a freshman, her 500-yard freestyle times ranked second in the country. Kahn was on the team to break the national 400-meter record and win the second CIF Championship during her sophomore year.

We are so delighted with our scholar athletes and the feats they can accomplish!

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Inspired Performance of the Game by Infiniti of Mission Viejo & COX 3

Have you been watching the COX3 Game of the Week? You can help our school win $2,500 by voting for PeeJay Vander’s Inspired Performance of the Game!

Running Back, PeeJay Vander play from Friday’s game was elected as an Inspired Performance of the Game which means J Serra High School is now eligible to win $2,500!  If you missed the replay from COX, be sure to watch it here!

Once every week Cox Communications televises the Game of the Week on COX3 – the hottest high school football matchups in Orange County. Toward the conclusion of each telecast, the COX3 announcers decide the Inspired Performance of the Game, a particular act of exceptional effort, focus, or ability. You can vote for us on their website. Nominees from the season’s pool of Inspired Performances of the Game can go on to win the grand prize of $2,500!

How to Win
Everyone can vote – students, parents, teachers, coaches, boosters, friends… everyone! All you have to do is share this link: Look for the “Vote Now” button, click next to JSerra, and spread the word!

Remember, the school with the most votes at the end of the season wins $2,500 cash from Infiniti of Mission Viejo.

Click here to vote!

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Congratulations to our five Visual Arts students that were winners at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts Junior Art Show. JSerra’s five shining students, Quetzal Arevelo, Megan Lasken, Nicole Kurrasch, Shane Noviello and May Han were among the 13 student winners for the show. The student’s artwork was chosen from a field of thousands of entrants from schools across the county.

JSerra CHS Blog_Festival of ArtsThe Junior Art Show has been around since 1947 and has become a highlight to the summer event. It displays work from over 300 students, grades K-12, and keeps the importance and value of the arts alive in our youth.

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered at the festival art grounds to congratulate and acknowledge the recipients of the Junior Art Awards. Our students did an amazing job representing their artwork and JSerra.

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Senior year is a whirlwind for both parents and students and when it comes to college planning, it may seem like there are a million things to worry about. With classes, proms, college applications, SATs, and moving away for school, one can easily be overwhelmed. We at JSerra want to insure that we can provide the best knowledge for our students and senior parents!

JSerra CHS Blog_Tips For Senior ParentsIt’s time to get organized, start planning, and kick the college hunt into full gear! With these simple and easy tips, you can make sure that you and your student stay on track.

Start planning!

Start the year off right by taking time with your soon-to-be high school grad to discuss plans and goals they have after they graduate. Start making a list of their top colleges and mark your calendars with application and financial aid (FAFSA) due dates.

Begin the application process.

As we fly into fall, it is important to pay attention to deadlines and due dates. Make sure they sign up as soon as possible for college entrance exams (SATs/ACTs). Help your child stay ahead of the game and encourage them to start their college essays early.

Try to squeeze in a campus visit.

As a high school senior, it is hard to know which school would be the best fit. Try to make it to a couple of your student’s top choices to get a feel for what would be best for them. Thanksgiving break is a perfect time to take a mini vacation and visit schools with the family. Be sure to get a grasp on where your child can live, whether it is in the university dorms, family friends, near-campus apartments, or a future sorority or fraternity house. It is important to know what environment a school’s city can provide.

Keep an eye on the calendar.

As fall quickly turns into winter, make sure to watch those deadlines. Remember to file your income taxes and fill out the financial aid forms. Encourage your student to finish applications early. Keep an eye on the Counseling Events Calendar to know when workshops, practice tests, test dates, college campus visits and more happen. Be sure to support them through this process, it is exhausting for any student. Once they have finished their final application make sure to celebrate!


This can be a stressful time for students and parents, but it is important to enjoy it! This is a great time for parents to get close to their child by supporting them through this crazy time. After your student has finished applications, the wait for acceptance letters begins. Make sure you give your student the freedom and encourage them to choose the school that would best suit them.

JSerra CHS Blog_Tips For Senior ParentsSenior year can be bittersweet. It’s a time to celebrate all that your child has accomplished, but also a time to start preparing and thinking about their future. Don’t stress about the little things, stay organized and enjoy this exciting time of your child’s life.

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JSerra’s junior all-star athlete, Grace Kramer, has committed to a full athletic scholarship for gymnastics to Arizona State University for 2016. Grace has been working for years to make her mark in the gymnastics world! This will be just one of many accomplishments that this 16-year-old has achieved.

JSerra CHS Blog_GraceLast season Grace placed 3rd AA and 1st on vault at the SoCal state meet. She qualified to the NIT where she placed 1st on vault and floor and 4th AA. Grace started competing at level 4 back in 2006 and has worked her way up to compete at level 10 in 2013. She has been training with Wildfire Gymnastics since 2011.

JSerra CHS Blog_Grace(Photo credit)

Grace has done her work to get noticed, and get noticed fast. It is very rare to be offered a scholarship at only a junior standing. Grace will be graduating from JSerra in the spring of 2016, after which she will join the ASU Sun Devils in the fall on a full athletic scholarship.

Congratulations to our fellow Lion, Grace!

Lion Pride!