I have been using a planner since the beginning of my elementary education. Clearly, in Elementary school it was more of a way for my teacher to update my parents on my assignments, and I couldn't really understand the personal benefits of it yet. In high school, when my work load became more complicated by seven classes, which each had a different teacher, my planner became invaluable to me. It was during high school that I began color-coding my planner, which I have kept up to this day.
I am aware that many schools provide each student with a planner, but unfortunately many students neglect the usefulness of such a thing and they become merely a weight at the bottom of their book bag. If you ask your child/student why they didn't turn in this or that assignment and a common response is "I forgot," then it's time to talk to them about the magic of a planner. We are all human, and as such are subject to lapses in our memory. An organized planner is our tool...
Start this year off strong with good organizational and note taking skills. Make sure you understand the material and are not just taking notes aimlessly. Try to take in what your teacher is saying and don't be afraid to ask questions!! If you start taking the initiative to learn and understand now, college will be a much more pleasant experience for you. Trust me!
Stay organized and plan your homework and study schedule!
Study with friends!
READ YOUR TEXTBOOK! :)
Remember, homework isn't busy work and a chance to copy down your notes, it is part of the learning process. This is especially important with math, as it builds on itself and understanding the basics will make the other subjects easier!
Have a fantastic and fun year!
Going back to school is an exciting time of year!!! New friends, new clothes, new supplies, new teachers. The beginning of the year marks a new beginning, period. This is the time to think back to last year. What did you learn? What mistakes did you make? What can you do better? Make some goals for this new year!!! This is your time to start all over. The past does not matter. What do you want for your education? For your career? For your future? Create an image in your mind of what you want. Once you visualize your goals being achieved, write them down. What are your goals? What can you do this year to get closer to reaching your goals?
Once you have your goals in mind and what you are going to do this year to reach them, focus on a few small strategies to help you achieve your success. A few small steps that will give you big results are:
1. Be ready to learn by being organized...