a Student Must…

Care.

This is the key. Your attitude makes an important difference. Some kids don’t care. Who you hang around with has a big effect on how people see you. Your body posture in class tells the teacher a lot about how much you care.

How do you act in class?

Can you be proud of the work you turn in?

Be Prepared.

In order to do well, you must have all the materials you need. You must have completed all the assignments that get you ready to learn.

Do I bring the things I need to each class?

Have I completed all the assignments I need?

Be Organized

You must know where all your “stuff” is in order to be prepared. Assignments and class materials should always be kept in the same place, not just thrown into your locker.

Can I find the papers I need, when I need them?

Can I get rid of the clutter in my folders?

Pay Attention.

You need to know what is going on during class if you expect to succeed.

Do I listen carefully to lessons and instructions?

Can I find ways to stay focused?

Take Notes.

One way to keep focused is to take good notes during class. Note taking is a skill that will help you all through school. Re-write your notes after class. This helps you to review and to be sure you understood the information.

Do I write down all of the important information the teacher presents?

Does my notebook have a clear, understandable format?

Ask Questions.

Asking questions and participating in the class discussion helps to keep you involved and focused. Be willing to take a risk to answer—even if you might not have the right answer.

Do I respond to the teacher’s questions—or do I always wait to be called on?

Do I ask the teacher to explain things I don’t understand?

Study.

The time you spend in class will usually not be enough to really learn the material. You need to check your understanding of the basic facts and vocabulary each day—not just the night before the test.

Do I review my notes each day for each class?

Do my notes make enough sense to be helpful?

Can I ask questions about the parts I don’t understand?

Have Support.

Your parents and teachers are always willing to help you. But, you cannot count on them to do the work. Be prepared to ask specific questions about what you do not understand. Simply saying, “I don’t get any of this,” is a cop out.

Do I ask for help when I need it?

Can I ask specific questions to let my parents or teachers know exactly what it is I don’t understand?

Know the Assignment.

In order to be able to complete an assignment, you need to know what it is and what is expected of you. You need to keep an accurate assignment book each day.

Do I completely write out my assignments each day?

Do I remember to take all the materials I need home with me?

Finish Assignments.

Whether the assignment is one you begin in class or is assigned for homework, the only way for you to succeed with it is to finish it. Mark the parts of the assignment you had trouble with so you can ask about it.

Do I have a regular time for homework?

Do I finish my assignments so that I can be proud of my work?

NOT MAKE EXCUSES.

You are the only person who can be responsible for your work, your attitude or your success. It is not your parents or your teachers who are holding you back. You can succeed if you make up your mind to do it and then carry through.