She’s confident! She thinks on her feet! And gives great presentations! Now an Ambassador on OpenStudy, here is Jamierox4ev3r‘s impromptu post on OpenStudy. We loved it! If you have a story to tell, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
” I remember the first time I joined OpenStudy. I didn’t understand a concept, and the answers I found on other sites didn’t make sense to me. I remember asking for help. A user walked me step by step through the problem AND made sure that I understood everything they said. This was when I began to develop a real interest in mathematics.
I then found I could help others, just as that user helped me. Now, I have learned how to become a better teacher and present myself more confidently. This has helped me both on and off the site. For example, earlier this month, I had a competitive violin audition and a huge academic presentation. The skills I learned on OpenStudy helped me to succeed in these situations.
I recall my audition so well! When performing for the judges, I just thought of myself giving a music presentation to a user. I imagined myself showing them that I knew what I was doing. The key, I learned, was to perform in a way that showed confidence. Sure enough, I found that I had been accepted to the AZ All-State orchestra (special thanks to @beccaboo333 for that congratulatory post!).
There was another stressful situation when I had to give a 10 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute question-answer session in front of my parents and teachers. It was a huge part of my grade, so I felt enormously pressured. Before, this situation would have been absolutely nerve-wracking. However, after helping so many people on OpenStudy on so many different subjects, I have become better at presenting confidently at school. Not only is it easier for me to analyze documents, I can also explain them clearly so that people will understand. My trick was to think of my teachers and peers as “OpenStudiers,” and I could be completely chill. I totally nailed my spoken lecture. It was the best presentation I have EVER given! The question-answer session was a breeze. Answering OpenStudy questions helped me to become better at thinking on my feet, a skill that is increasingly important to me.
Before OpenStudy, I worked for hours and hours to memorize a script. My presentation grades were blah! Average. During Q & A, I would think furiously before answering; thinking on my feet was a struggle. In my violin/piano auditions, I had very little confidence. “Sight-reading” (in which you see a piece of music for the first time and are expected to play it flawlessly) was practically impossible. Now, I have the confidence I need to explain concepts and perform to the best of my ability, Honestly, I believe the credit goes to OpenStudy and all the people that have helped me in the past.
For me, OpenStudy is all about the people. Whether you are the users who answer questions, ask questions, ask and answer questions, serve the community, enforce the rules, or contribute, I appreciate all of you. Many of you have become close friends of mine, and I’m always making more. Shoutout to @linda3, my new best friend forever! :3. To Emmy Y (+ao and -i :P), congratulations, your improvement is totally visible, significant, and personally inspiring. Also, as for the moderators, I think of you as the community elders. Some are serious, some are funny, but all are wise; to me, this is important. They are great teachers, with lots of insight for the OpenStudy community. I appreciate all that they do for this site; they show incredible dedication, and it’s totally safe to say that all moderators are role models to me.
I must end now, duty calls! Thank you all to the people I have gotten to know (you know who you are), and I look forward to meeting even more of you. :)”
-By Jamie, a high achieving student at Arizona School for Arts
-Edited by: OpenStudy Global Intern, MSMR