November 23, 2017

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ACADEMICS

Most students can improve their overall academic success by practicing a few simple techniques.

Our school counselors align and work with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students.  We help, for instance, with (a) academic success skills, (b) organizational, study, and test-taking skills, (c) goal setting, and (d) academic plans. 

Academic Success Skills

  1. Pick out the most important things to study for a test
    *Teachers will frequently tell you what’s important to study in the form of a review worksheet, a review day in class, or during their lecture.  If they don’t let you know, ask.  Also, you can frequently find the most important things to study in your book in the form of key words, headings, summaries, etc.

  2. Boost your memory
    *Organize the most important facts into an outline or a concept map.
    *Put each important fact on a note card.

  3. Handle the pressure when you take a test.
    *Practice slow, deep breathing wherein your belly rises and falls with every inbreath and outbreath.  Practice this in a quiet place at home and then use your deep breathing techniques before or during a tough exam or stressful situation.
    *Practice positive self talk to manage your anxiety and boost your confidence. 


  4. Know when your assignments are due and always turn them in on time.
    *Get yourself a calendar, a planner, or app to organize your assignments and due dates. 
    *Make note of dates for progress reports and report cards.
    *Know which teachers accept late work and turn in late work if you have to.
    *Communicate with your teachers when you’re absent or take advantage of systems they have for absent students.
    *Check Skyward Family Access regularly.

  5. Have at least one dependable study buddy in each class that you can ask a question.

  6. Communicate with teachers when you are struggling in a class. 
    *Request an appointment to your teacher, explain how you're feeling using "I statements", and ask for their help to improve your grades and/or behavior.

  7. Learn to manage your frustration
    *Know (a) what triggers your frustration and (b) practice healthy ways to handle it.

  8. Set realistic short and long term goals for yourself.

  9. Find a healthy balance of leisure and school work

  10. Be at school 90% of the time or more.