The most important tip for starting the new year is to KNOW THYSELF! You should know how you learn, if your teacher doesn't do a learning styles inventory, you can go on the computer and do it yourself. Then, very respectfully ask him or her to include your style of learning in the daily plans, especially if the area being taught is your weak area. Teachers can not reach you if they know nothing about you. Nobody knows you better than you! Then, you need to ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR WEAKNESSES. We all have weaknesses, when you know what they are you can put more effort into those areas. Additionally, we all have strengths, everyone has something to bring to the table. Lastly, but not least important you need to SLEEP AND EAT WELL AND EXERCISE at least 3 times a week for 60 min.. The average person needs at least 7 hours of sleep for the brain to function optimally during the day, for some reason children think just the opposite, less sleep is ok. It is not! You also need to eat well rounded meals, for breakfast make sure you get enough protein. You need to get most of your protein early in the day, about 15 grams per meal. I drink veggie and fruit shakes in the morning, because they get you going and crank up that brain power. Try to exercise throughout the day, the more time your rise from a seated position, the more oxygen you have for critical thinking. Remember -- Effort = Roses and Results!