It's important to be prepared for school every day. It's sort of like going to work, with one small difference. You don't get a paycheck at the end of the week or the end of a two-week period.
Granted, there are going to be some of you that will be more prepared than others. This is the group that I want to address.
1. Unless your teacher assigns seats, sit in front of the class. Those people that sit in front get the information first-hand and they are better prepared than that person that sits in the back. Information is power.
2. BE RESPECTFUL of your peers and your teachers! It looks good for you further down the road when you apply for that job and that teacher writes "best student I ever had. Well behaved and prepared on time for class." It's sort of like that saying about catching flies with honey and not vinegar. Follow whatever rules that teacher or school has. Yes, there are some rules that don't make a lot of sense but in the end, they exist to prepare you for the real world.
3. Take notes. Usually what is said in a class is going to be presented on an exam. That's what I usually told my students. I didn't like to ambush them and then one of them says "you didn't mention that in class." Trust me. If a teacher mentions something in class, there's a 90 percent chance you will see it on an exam. You heard it here first. If a classmate was absent, share your notes with them. That way, you not only continue or create a circle of friends, you also create a study group as well.
4. Be responsible for your materials and your actions. If you're in doubt, refer to rule number two. No carpenter ever goes on a job without a hammer. Imagine Tiger Woods going to play in a tournament without his clubs or Tom Brady playing in the Super Bowl without his helmet.
5. No one likes a know-it-all. Just because you have the answers doesn't mean you'll get called on all the time. It's okay to let someone else have their moment in the spotlight.
That's basically about it.
6. Don't cheat on exams or quizzes. It doesn't look good.