The story is familiar one. A student who did well in school seems to suddenly hit a wall. Their grades drop even though they seemed to work harder and longer than ever. This most often ocurs at the 5th, 7th, or 9th grade levels. It also has been known to appear in the freshman year of college. This is an intelligent, bright, tuned-in kids who was doing well just months ago. What's happened...
I was tutoring a young man recently who was a junior high football player. He was having difficulty with parts of speech, mostly because he was making things more complicated than they really are. I finally told him to think of the English language as football — only easier. There are 11 positions in football, there are only eight pars of speech.
There are a number of things you can do before even reading your day’s assignments to make them more understandable and to put yourself in the right mind frame. While looking over the reading notice the headings,
boldface and italic type. Pay attention to any charts, pictures or thing that are boxed or otherwise highlighted. Then:
1. Ask yourself what you know about this...
If you’ve ever fallen asleep in class or been unable to pay attention late in the day, the problem may not be a boring teacher but a lack of sleep. Experts say teens require over nine hours of sleep per night. However, less than half get this much sleep.
Part of the problem is pure biology. The natural sleep cycle for a teenage brain calls for both a later wake up and a later period for sleep...