How to Succeed in School
- Get Organized
- Use Good Study Habits
- Learn How to Take Tests
- Believe in Yourself
Some experts say the difference between good students and
poor students isn't mainly ability. Instead, it's how students organize
themselves to use their abilities. A little organization can produce amazing
- Have a homework agenda or scribbler to keep track
of your assignments, and always carry it.
- Ask the teacher for some outside help when the classroom
explanation is not adequate for you.
- Use scribblers to put your notes in, and
keep them organized.
- Have phone numbers for classmates, especially of one who
will be your "homework buddy". This is someone in your class who collects
hand-outs and assignments for you when you are absent from school. You can
borrow your buddy's notes when you return to school, and you can do the same
for this friend.
- Ask questions when you are unsure of something.
- Pay attention in class as it is very easy to let your mind
wander. Take notes, concentrate on what is being said; it will be easier to
absorb the information being presented.
- Keep your bookshelf, desk, and kitbag neat.
- Be prepared for each class, bringing the materials you need
to class (including pencil and paper).
Use Good Study Habits:
- Create a good study space with little distractions, that
is, a place that is fairly quiet and away from the major traffic in your home.
Sometimes music can be relaxing, but TV is a distraction.
- Do difficult homework when you are mentally and physically
at your best, not late at night, or when you are hungry.
- Hang a calendar over your study area, and pay attention
to it when you mark down tests, projects and assignments. That way, you can
see what you have to do at a glance. You can plan ahead.
- Stick to a study schedule; set aside an hour every
shool evening for homework and review of notes.
Learn How To Take Tests:
- Prepare well so you can feel relaxed.
- Read the whole test first so you can plan your time.
- Outline an essay answer before you begin to write.
- Answer all the questions you know the answers to first,
and mark the questions that you want to return to.
- Go over all returned tests to learn from your mistakes.
Believe in Yourself:
Merilyn Mitchell's Grade 7 Classroom
- In order for you to get good grades, you have to believe
in yourself and in your abilities. Think positively, be confident, and tell
yourself you can do it. If you think that you can't succeed, or if you allow
past failures and mistakes to keep you from trying, you'll never get anywhere.