Tuesday, November 1, 2016

For many school districts, the first grading period is about to end and those report cards will be out before you know it! Even if you're achieving your goals, check out the Top 5 Ways to Improve Your Next Report Card!
  1. Take notes in class.
    Writing out information is a great way to absorb the information your teacher presents in class, as well as a key concentration technique that will ensure you are listening actively to the teacher. Also, you will remember what you wrote down much more than just listening to someone explaining information or relaying facts. As you take notes, be creative! Use highlighters to highlight key words, such as vocabulary. Make bullet points of core facts or statistics. Create mnemonic devices to help you retain certain methods. Notes are also a great study guide for quizzes and exams! 

  2. Participate in hands-on, interactive activities related to the subject matter.
    Studies show that concepts are grasped more easily by taking part in activities that correlate with what you are learning. Kinesthetic learning increases engagement in the subject matter, which then increases retention of the knowledge and skills associated with the lesson being taught. For example, instead of only reading about Chemistry theories in a textbook, attending a workshop where you work on completing an experiment and then explore the results of the experimentation will help you deeply ingrain the material in your brain. This will then lead to a higher proficiency in the practiced subject. Experience creates mastery! 

  3. Form good habits. Get enough sleep, eat a proper diet, etc.
    If you're not feeling your best, then it will be difficult to perform your best. Give your mind and body the tools they need to succeed in a focused environment by putting practices in place that help you perform better. Change up your routine by packing new brain foods as your snacks, or keep a packet of sticky notes with you to write out check lists as you think about your goals for the day. Little habits become routine and can make all the difference!

  4. Work on your homework a little each night.
    You won't become a top piano player if you only practice once a week. It takes consistency and thoroughness to build skills to a master level. Similarly, you won't be able to master school material confidently if you only sit down and study it once. Breaking work into small, digestible chunks makes it easier for you to focus and go more in depth with the material. Before you start an assignment, try to mentally plan out the stages you'll need to go through to complete it. Then take it one step at a time!

  5. Don't wait to get help.
    There are plenty of enthusiastic educators out there at places like SpiderSmart Learning Centers, and they're standing by to help you succeed. Don't wait until your child needs an IEP or child study at school. Get help and start building basic skills at the first sign of academic distress so that things don't spiral out of control. Many students take enrichment and tutoring classes as a precautionary measure, to ensure that they won't struggle in school! Even one hour a week can make all the difference!

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