How to Get Good Grades. Summer School. Monroe Township High School WILL NOT offer Remedial Summer School!!! It is important to pass all of your classes!. Be Organized. 1. Use an Assignment Notebook
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NOT offer Remedial Summer School!!!
1. Use an Assignment Notebook
*Take it to every class. Write each assignment on the page number under the date it’s due.
2. Use Three-Ring Binders
*These work well because you can easily insert handouts. If you miss a day’s notes, you can copy someone else’s and insert them where they belong.
3. Use Folders
*Have a different colored pocket folder for each class to keep assignments, quizzes and tests.
4.Have Phone Numbers for Classmates
*Make sure you have the phone number of at least one person in each class.
*Never put loose papers in your locker, backpack or book
*Put completed homework in appropriate folders. Put everything you need for the following day in the same place each night.
*In the classroom, the teachers are in charge and make the rules. Learn to adapt to different personalities, teaching styles and expectations
*Bring books, pencils, paper etc. to class and have all assignments completed. When you do you homework, the lecture makes sense and you can participate in class discussions.
*Easier to pay attention and to stay involved.
*Teachers know who is paying attention, who is taking notes and listening
5. Always Do Your Homework
*A significant portion of your grade is usually based on homework. Your grade drops every time you miss an assignment.
*Many teachers give participation points. These are easy to get. Participating keeps you focused and keeps your mind from wandering.
*Treat teachers and classmates the same way that you want to be treated
*Make parents your allies. When they ask “What did you do in school today/” tell them.
*When you actively listen, you think about and try to understand the information that is being presented.
2. Take Notes to Help You Pay Attention
*When you take notes, you don’t have time to think about anything else.
*Anything your teacher takes the time to write on the board or overhead should be considered very important. Underline or put a star beside it so you remember to give it special attention later.
*Put the name of the class, the date, and the page number at the top of each page of notes. Write on every other line so you will have space if you want to add something later. Use symbols and abbreviations. Write key words in margins. Go over notes to keep them fresh in your mind.
5. Get Lecture Notes When You are Absent
*Read the title, the subtitles, and everything in bold and italic print. Look at all pictures, graphs and charts. Read review questions and summaries.
*When your reading has a purpose, your comprehension improves and it’s easier to stay focused. Turn each boldfaced subtitle into a question.
*Reviewing locks information into your brain before it has a chance to evaporate.
*Have a regular place to study that is well lit, comfortable, and has surface for writing. Have paper, pencils, a calculator, dictionary and thesaurus.
*Begin with something simple or a subject you like
*Some students learn best by seeing the material, some from hearing the information, and some learn best by doing. Think about how you learn and adjust how you study accordingly.
*Before you study, make a plan. Decide what needs to get done and the order in which you will do it. Always allow more time than you think you’ll need. If you have something that seems overwhelming, break it down into smaller parts. If you have something to memorize, work on that first, and then review it again at the end of your study session.
5. Study For Tests
*Know what the test is going to cover so you know what to study. Pay particularly close attention in class the day before at test. This is usually when teachers review information that you need to know. If a teacher gives you a review sheet, study it until you know all of the material on it.
Understand the big picture and know main points and key facts.
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**You really know something if you can explain it in YOUR OWN WORDS!!
*When you review, you move information from your short-term memory into your long-term memory.
*Use study cards or flash cards to memorize vocabulary works, facts and lists. If you have a lot to memorize, spread it out over a period of time and keep going over and over it. Right before you go to sleep, go over and information that you want to remember.
8. Know How to Write a Paper
*The key is to spread it out over as much time as possible. Writing a paper is a process.
1. Start by brainstorming and taking notes,
2. Make an outline.
3. From your outline, write a rough draft.
4. Rewrite the paper until you have it just the way you want it,
5. Write the final draft
**To get a good grade on a paper, you must follow the directions exactly, make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors, have someone else read your paper to give you suggestions, make sure your paper is neat, and always turn your paper in on time!
*Have everything you need for the test: (pencil, erasable pen, calculator, etc.) If you have a couple of minutes before the test, try to relax.
*Before you begin answering questions, quickly look over the entire test and develop a plan.
*Put a dot or light check mark by any answer you’re not sure of. After you go through all questions, return to the ones you marked and try again. **Don’t panic if you don’t know the answers to the first few questions. Sometimes it takes a few minutes for your brain to get into gear.
*Try to come up with the answer in your head before you look at the choices. If you are not sure of the answer, eliminate the choices you know are incorrect by crossing them out, and then make an educated guess
*Statements with always, never, all, and none in them are usually FALSE. Statements with usually, often, sometimes, most, and many in them are usually TRUE. Read questions carefully; one word will often determine whether a statement is True or False.
*Before you start to solve a problem, try to estimate what the answer will be. Don’t spend too much time on one problem. Move on an come back to it later. Show ALL of your work.
*The key is to be able to locate the information quickly. Highlight your notes and put self-stick notes or bookmarks in your textbook. You can rewrite information you know you’ll need on a separate sheet of paper.
*If you have time, check all answers, even the ones you know are correct. You may have read the question wrong or made a careless mistake. Always use all the time that you are given!
*Go over each question you missed and write in the correct answer. Check to make sure you test was graded correctly. File all returned tests in your folders.
*A little anxiety before a test improves your concentration and alertness. Excessive worry, or test anxiety will lower your test scores.
*Review material ahead of time.
*Walk into the test with your head up and you shoulders back. If you act confident, you will feel more confident
*The more you practice this the better you will be.
*Take deep breaths and think of a place where you feel very relaxed and calm.
*Let your teacher know if you are having difficulty. Make arrangements to stay after school or to come into school early.
* Make arrangements to get a student tutor. Outside tutors are also available for a fee. Check with your Guidance Counselor to see if he or she has a list of tutors.
**NHS Tutors – Monday through Thursday (Media Center) Walk-in or make an appointment with your Counselor.
**CMAC – Monday through Thursday (Walk-in)
**Writing Lab - Monday through Thursday (Walk-in)