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Tips For School Success

The Comprehensive List

  • Don’t be afraid of getting started with work!

  • Have and USE the student planner.
  • Attend Tutorial.
  • Write down all of your assignments in the planner.
  • Set priorities.
  • Library skills … get some!
  • Study in blocks of time, 20 to 50 minutes, separated with 10-minute breaks; however, make sure the 10-minute breaks don’t become 30-minute vacations!
  • During the breaks, reward yourself with food, music, sun, etc.
  • Jot down all distracting thoughts on a separate sheet of paper to be dealt with later. Turn off your phone.
  • Write out a study schedule for each week, especially for finals week.
  • Don’t panic or waste time on tests.
  • Clean out your locker and backpack frequently. You’ll feel better and you’ll be able to focus more on your work.
  • Don’t fall behind – one chapter per week is much easier than an entire textbook the night before the test!
  • Take notes in class and write down important information that you read in those one-a-night chapters.
  • Try using flashcards or lists to learn key ideas, terms, formulas, etc.
  • Listen to what teachers have to say because chance are it will be on the test.
  • Ask teachers for help when problems first arise. Don’t wait until you’re so lost that you don’t know what you need help with anymore.
  • Get make-up work when you’re absent. Don’t procrastinate.
  • Study with a friend who knows what’s going on.
  • Get a tutor (maybe a peer tutor from the Counseling Office) if necessary.
  • SLEEP!
  • GOLDEN ADVICE: Participate in class as much as possible. Teachers like that because it shows them you are genuinely interested in the subject.

Advice on Schoolwork

  • Don’t let it catch-up with you. DO it when it needs to be done or you’ll be hating school. Take advantage of the block schedule to get work done early.
  • School should come before everything else.
  • You won’t realize how important schoolwork is until you fill out applications for college.
  • Don’t procrastinate on long-term projects, that way you will have time to ask for help.

Advice on Being a Freshman

  • Have fun. Before you know it, the year will be over and you will wish you were still a freshman.
  • Grades DO count freshman year.
  • Get involved … audition, try-out, sign-up … go to games and plays!

Advice on Courses

  • Challenge yourself
  • Don’t take classes to look good for college, take them because you want to.
  • Thank goodness for counselors!

Advice on Block Scheduling

  • Get a student planner, it will save your life!
  • Don’t think that 10-minute passing periods are lunch … don’t be late to class!
  • Because classes are 90-minutes long and don’t meet everyday, absences can cause havoc! Keep up with what is expected.