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Combination Locks:

Many elementary students transferring over into middle school are often afraid of combination locks.combination_lock.jpg They wonder if they are going to have enough time to open the lock, get out their stuff, close the lock, and make it to their next class. What if you forget your combination? What if you can't get it to open? Those questions and more will be answered on this page.

  • First item of business: What if you don't have enough time? An easy solution to this is: make sure you don't spend a lot of time messing around in the hallways. Try practicing opening your lock so that you can open it quickly and efficiently. If you are still worried about not enough time, then maybe a combination lock is not the best idea, and maybe a lock where you line up the numbers is a better idea.
  • Next worry: What if you forget your combination? There are a lot of easy ways to remember and/or keep track of your combination lock numbers. A few are;
  • Relate numbers to something in your life. For example: Your combination is 1-13-48..Well one is self-explanatory, so you could leave it One. 13 is typically labeled as unlucky, so you could say One, Unlucky. Your last number is 48, and 48 might be your softball jersey number. So, then you could remember, One, Unlucky, and Softball. This method doesn't always work for everyone, but it is a common and some-what simple way to remember your combination.
  • Write them down somewhere. If you choose to write down your combination lock's number, Make sure you keep it somewhere secret and easily accessible, that way, if you need to get it quickly in the hallway.
  • The final common worry is: What if you try and try again, but can't get it open? If this happens (and it doesn't happen frequently) ask a friend. Chances are: one of your friends is going to be able to open it. And, if all else fails: it's not embarrassing to ask a teacher for help. Everyone needs help sometime in their "middle school career" and it's better than showing up to class unprepared.

So, obviously, combination locks can be intimidating. But if they are approached correctly, there is nothing to worry about. And remember, combination locks aren't necessarily a necessity in middle school, unless you bring valuables to school regularly. If you simply must have a combination lock, try the tips above, and it should help with some of the intimidation.