What to Ask Your Teacher at the Beginning of the School Year

Is There A Syllabus?

All the rules of the classroom, what is on a test, how to get make up work, and other valuable information can be found on the syllabus.  Yet some students and most parents never read it.  And if they parents and student do read the syllabus they almost immediately forget the information.  The syllabus is like a student handbook for that particular class.

How Do You Grade?

No one should care about your grade except you.  It shouldn’t be the teachers responsibility to tell you what you need to raise your grade or how many points you need for a certain grade.  Be sure to ask the teacher in the beginning of the semester about grades.  Questions like does the teacher round up, or what happens if there is a missing assignment are important to know ahead of time so that a student is not doing a ton of make up work. that is of no value.

Do You Accept Extra Credit?

Many teachers allow extra-credit.  Make sure to ask how much it is worth.  Be sure you know if extra credit is constantly offered or only offered certain times of the year.

What Do I Do When I am Absent?

Most teachers have a system in place for absent students.  Make sure you know that system.  Teachers are busy and have many students, it can not be up to them to remember when you were absent and which papers you are missing.

 

If I Have a Problem When is the Best Time to Talk to You?

 

Some teachers actually leave their class at lunch and snack.  So when is the best time to talk to a teacher?  Sometimes it is during class, sometimes it is after school.  Every teacher is different.  If you need help with an assignment or need to talk about your grade do not assume that your teacher is waiting for you in their classroom.  Ask ahead of time so that if you need to talk you know where that teacher will be.

 

It is important to take notes the first few days of school and jot down important information about the policies of a classroom.  I found a great handout that will help you identify what is important.  Click Getting to Know Your Class to make a copy.

How to Study Better

I was reading an article entitled “7 Brain Hacks That Will Dramatically Improve Your Intelligence and Success” the other day on Flipboard and it got me thinking.  This would be a great article to read if a person was looking to increase their studying ability.  I have hit the highlights of the article below.  At the bottom is a link to the entire article if you are interested.

  1. A person should learn information in 50-minute increments.  Remember when we used to reset our OWL at school?  That’s because a person’s brain shuts down from overload.
  2. Study the most important information first.
  3. Don’t multi-task, which means a person may not be able to listen and sing along to music.  It definitely means that a person must put their phone away.
  4. Try new ways to memorize things.
  5. Ask the teacher or someone else that knows the material very well to explain it.
  6. Take notes.  Research has found over and over that writing information will help a person learn it better.
  7. Be prepared to get frustrated or tired. AND KEEP GOING.  It studying was easy we would all get As!

 

Read the entire article here!

What do you think?  Have any of the above worked for you?  Comment below…

Nine Great Search Tools and Extensions for Students

9 Great Search Tools Extensions for Students

Looking for Something to Do This Summer?

Found a great new app that I thought would come in real handy especially for those of you out there that need help with basic math facts. In my opinion, the best part of playing this game is it will decrease the amount of time it takes to do basic math facts which in turn will make your math homework take less time.  That’s a win-win in my book.

This app can only be downloaded onto a phone but the good news is it is free!  Check it out by clicking here!

 

Do You Have What it Takes to Succeed?

Want to be rich?  It turns out that I.Q. is not necessarily a correct predictor on how rich a person will be when they grow up.  So what is? Personality!  In other words, according to this study, if a person want to be rich when he/she grows up then he/she has to be willing to work hard.

Looking for a Job?

Wondering why you are working so hard to go to college?  Asking yourself what kind of job you will have as a grown-up?  Go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics by clicking here.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics is a Federal Agency that studies jobs.  This website lists 580 different jobs.  This site can and will answer what jobs will be most/least popular, how much a job pays, and how much education you will need to get a particular job.

This website is the best resource I have seen to help a person decide what to do when they grow-up.

Why start looking now?  Know what you want to do will help motivate you to get the best grades possible so that you can go to the best college for you.

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