Tips and Resources
4.0 Students Share Their Secrets!
- 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.
- EAT HEALTHY!
- GOLDEN ADVICE: Participate in class as much as possible. Teachers like that because it shows them that 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.