Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Here we go again!

The GWSS Library LC would like to welcome all new students coming to GW this September, and to welcome back all of our favourite students from last year (that's all of you!)

The following is an excerpt from an article by Raychelle Cassada Lohmann posted in Psychology Today, where students from different grade levels give tips for setting yourself up for success in a new school year.  To read the entire article, click here: 

High School Student (11th grade female)

1. "Don't just start with a positive attitude, keep that attitude throughout the year;it's helpful to your friends and teachers. Also, you'll be more efficient and the year will seem to fly by. Positivity will also help with getting all your work done."

2."Stay organized. School can be frustrating when you're getting a lot of work and papers,so the easiest way not to get stressed is by keeping everything organized. Make sure to have a separate binder for each class; it will make life bearable in high school."
3. "If you're absent for a few days, make sure to get the work you missed. Your teacher is the best one to get you caught up and to explain things to you, because he or she is the expert in the class – not your friends. "

4. "Stay away from the drama. The only bad thing about school is the drama because so many people get sucked into it and it ends up making people feel awful. Drama can take your focus away from your work. If you don't completely focus on the lesson or your homework or even class work you won't understand what is going on. You'll be too focused on what is going on around you. So stay away from drama."

HS Teacher (nine years in education)

1.“Find out the resources that are available to you. If this statement completely alludes you, here are a few questions that may serve as a guide and/or starting point:”
  • Do your teachers post assignments on their websites?
  • When does each teacher offer tutoring? (teachers are usually required to offer at least an hour or two of additional hours either before or after school)
  • Does your library have a wide selection of study materials?
2. Come up with a plan/schedule to help you manage your time after school.  Prioritize academics, athletics, family time, social time, church/synagogue/mass, etc., and devote a specific amount of time to any of the aforementioned that are important to you.

3. Set personal goals for each of your classes and share them with your teachers.  They will appreciate your forethought and respect you for taking responsibility for your own education.
4. Join a club or after school activity! This is a time in your life to figure out what kinds of things interest you… so get involved and see what sparks, or ignites a passion in you!

5. Always be HONEST with your teachers (and everyone else for that matter!). If you had a rough night at home and forgot to do your homework, don’t lie about it. Teachers will respect you so much more for being truthful!  Remember… you will need recommendation letters from your teachers for college, employment, etc. and nobody will recommend someone who is not truthful.

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