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Caroline McCaul – Tips For Learning to Play An Instrument

Caroline McCaul is passionate about music and has attended the Strum Music School to learn how to play the guitar, in addition to working on her vocals. She aims to become the CEO of a company that makes use of music in an innovative fashion at some point in the near future, so she is always keen to help the next generation of musicians get started. Here are some tips that should help those who are learning how to play a new instrument.

Caroline McCaul

Practice Scales

While they may be a little tedious to people who just want to jump right in and play their favorite songs, playing scales regularly will allow you to develop the muscle memory needed in order to master your instrument. They are also important as they relate to musical theory, so spend time understanding and playing them.

Practice Every Day

The earliest days of learning a musical instrument are often the most difficult as you will often see very little progress in the first few weeks. This leads many people to quit before they have really gotten started. Remember that being good at anything requires practice so keep plugging away and you will start to see improvement.

Enjoy Yourself

While Caroline McCaul notes that the technical aspects of music are important, you also need to enjoy what you’re playing once in a while. Seek out pieces of music that match your skill level and that you enjoy so that you don’t focus solely on technical exercises.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2016 in National Charity League, National Honor Society

 

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Caroline McCaul – How To Study For Exams Effectively

Caroline McCaul is a member of the National Honor Society and achieved a 99.3 Grade Point Average when she was in high school. Her dedication to her education has allowed her to choose the college that is right for her, but she knows that without dedicating her time to her studies she would not have enjoyed such flexibility. She made sure to focus her efforts prior to every exam she took and has the following tips for students who may be struggling to do the same.

Caroline McCaul

Caroline McCaul

Create a Clean Study Area

Your study area should be an escape from all of the distractions that might prevent you from focusing on your work. It should be comfortable, airy and clutter-free, allowing you to work easily without having to worry about where study materials are hiding. You should also avoid taking your phone with you when you study, in addition to removing TVs, gaming consoles or anything else that might distract you.

Organize Your Time

Many students make the mistake of focusing too much of their time on subjects that they are already competent in, leading to underperformance in the ones that the struggle with. You need to organize your study time effectively so that you dedicate an appropriate amount to each subject. This will also allow you to focus easily when you sit down to study.

Share Ideas

Caroline McCaul enjoys participating in study groups because they often provide her with a new perspective on the subject being discussed, while also allowing her to share her own ideas. They can be beneficial assuming the group focuses on studying.

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in National Charity League, National Honor Society

 

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Caroline McCaul: The Importance of Extracurricular Activities on College Applications

High school students who want to get into college may find it more difficult to get into the school of their choice without an extensive list of extracurricular activities on their resume. This is because, as has been the case for decades, college admissions officers are looking for students who go above and beyond the call of duty for their schoolwork. Earning good grades and testing well is important, of course, but colleges are looking for students who can perform well in often rigid classroom setting and in their communities as well. Following instructions and turning assignments in on time shows responsibility, but participating in sports, community service organizations, and clubs, shows a commitment to the community that goes beyond academic excellence. It also shows a great deal of leadership qualities and talents beyond the classroom.

Caroline McCaul

Caroline McCaul

College admissions boards look for multi-talented individuals for their school. Colleges are constantly competing with each other for the best students so that they can showcase their excellent facilities and opportunities, which will attract more students and more tuition money. Participating in sports and clubs shows colleges that you aren’t afraid of more work, more responsibility, and that you aren’t afraid to put your talents to the test. Colleges want students who take risks and try new things. Participating in extracurricular activities can also help make up for a few sub-par grades or test scores that students may be stressed about on their college admissions forms. While participation in extracurricular activities won’t save ones chances if a student has poor grades all around, it could be the difference between getting in and getting a rejection letter.

Caroline McCaul was accepted into the University of Texas because of her stellar grades, test scores, and her long list of extracurricular activities she participated in throughout her high school career.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in National Charity League, National Honor Society

 

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Working in Radio – More than a Smooth Voice by Caroline McCaul

Working for a radio station requires more than a smooth on-air voice. In order to fully complete all necessary functions to consistently air quality audio content, you have to be well-versed in audio editing, fact-checking, research, and many other skills. You may have to write and rehearse content before you go on the air to read. Depending on your duties at a radio station, you may not even speak on the air. Many radio professionals have built long and distinguished careers out of working behind the scenes for on-air talent. Producers, for example, are responsible for ensuring that all radio broadcast content is solid before anyone touches a microphone.

Caroline McCaul

Caroline McCaul

Starting in radio usually means starting at the bottom. Many radio station professionals start as interns who research content, edit audio files, help news anchors with stories and do whatever is necessary to consistently produce excellent programming, no matter what kind of content it is. Radio interns are typically responsible for filling in the cracks of their superiors, making sure that nothing is forgotten. Over time, these interns develop enough skills to handle more responsibilities, and a new radio career is born. Radio crews need multi-talented individuals who can handle the stress of being on a deadline and feeling the pressure from their audience to provide them with excellent content on a regular basis. Gaining the experience needed to have a successful career in radio is crucial. Many radio professionals started as interns or volunteers at community radio stations.

Caroline McCaul is a student at the University of Texas in Austin. She graduated from Westlake High School in Austin in 2015, and successfully completed a radio internship with Clear Channel

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in National Charity League, National Honor Society

 

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Starting a Business: Coming From Ideas by Caroline McCaul

Starting a new business usually involves coming up with a new, better product or method of providing that product. Computers and operating systems existed before Bill Gates started Microsoft, but he knew he could create an operating system that was easier to use and make computers easier to use in general. He came up with his idea, marketed it, and founded one of the largest software companies based on his improvement of computers and their systems. Today he’s one of the richest men in the world. Ideas like this don’t come around very often, but if you’re a skilled worker in an industry that interests you, like Bill Gates was, you can come up with an idea that may not make you a billion dollars, but will at least provide you with a good startup business.

Caroline McCaul

Caroline McCaul

Bill Gates was an exceptional software coder. He could build on his idea for a new operating system because he had the raw skills to do it himself. He didn’t need to rely on others to make his idea happen. The best ideas for new entrepreneurs are those that you can build upon yourself and create a new product or delivery system that will disrupt the market. In today’s tech-obsessed world, disruption is the name of the game. Gain skills, either with on-the-job training or in school, and you will develop the raw tools you need to create solutions people are willing to pay for.

Caroline McCaul is a freshman at the University of Texas. In high school, McCaul participated in Launchgen, an educational program that promotes new, innovative business ideas. She graduated from Westlake High School in 2015 with honors and completed multiple Advanced Placement courses, such as English, Government, Economics, and more. McCaul participated in many other extracurricular activities that have helped her get into the University of Texas.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in National Charity League, National Honor Society

 

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Learning a New Language: Immersion by Caroline McCaul

Immersing yourself in a country that speaks another language can be the quickest way to acclimate yourself to that language, that is, as long as you already possess a strong understanding of the basics. For the quickest way to learn any language, you should practice vocabulary and sentence structure to get the basics of the language down early on. After you understand the basic structure of the language as well as how it works on a sentence level, you can begin to work on better acclimating yourself to that particular culture, and to see the language in action. Watching others interact, and listening to how they speak the language, are a couple of the quickest ways to learn and begin speaking that language fluently.

Most people who learn languages, those they are unfamiliar with, will many times work to interact on a one-on-one basis with people who speak that language regularly. An individual can’t expect to pick up another way of communicating without spending a significant amount of time both learning and preacticing. However, you can’t simply move to another country and expect to pick up the language by walking around outside. Gaining a basic understanding of how the language works on a phonetic level is a great way to use immersion as a way to bolster your knowledge of a language, rather than have immersion be the only way you learn a new language.

Learning Spanish, for example, is much easier if you have a basic working knowledge of how the language works before you move to Mexico. Living with Spanish-speakers for six months or a year is a great way to immerse yourself in the Mexican culture and learn more about the people that speak Spanish in Mexico, but if you don’t know a word of Spanish before you go there, it could be difficult to start from scratch. Give yourself time to understand not only vocabulary, but also sentence structure and the subtle differences between dialects.

Caroline McCaul studied Spanish extensively in high school before she spent a summer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to learn to speak Spanish fluently.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in National Charity League, National Honor Society

 

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