Listening, Motivation, and Success Getting Good Grades and Being Successful in High School The Big Question: Given your responsibilities and your obstacles, how will you be successful in your freshmen year of high school? _____________________________________________________________ You Will Be Successful!! 1. Believe in Yourself *Whether you’re an athlete preparing for competition or a student tackling a difficult subject, it’s important that you believe in your self. You must recognize the talents and abilities that you possess, and you must know, and believe, that you can succeed. 2. Be Organized Use an assignment notebook (as a freshman, you already have one) and use it to organize your assignments in a way that makes the most sense to you. Keeping your locker and backpack neat will help, too. You could use folders or three ring binders to try to keep your schoolwork neat. 3. Manage Your Time Well Remember to PLAN AHEAD! Use your class time and study halls to finish your school work, so there is less of a chance that you will have to take it home. Find good study habits that work for you and you will have an easier and more successful time in high school. 4. Be Successful in the Classroom You should be on time to class, and prepared for each class. Always have something to write on and write with. Having a separate folder and notebook for each class will help you stay organized. 5. Take Good Notes Before you can take great notes, you have to be an active listener. That means you hear the information, and you try to think about and understand that information. Note taking can help you in your active listening, making it possible to remember the larger points and the “bigger picture.” 6. Study Smart Make sure that you find a good place to study, and make sure that place is perfect, or close to perfect, for your learning style. Knowing your learning style can also help you figure out the best way to study for tests and help you memorize necessary information. 7. Use Test-Taking Strategies The best way to get a good start on a test is to prepare BEFORE the test. Know the information to the best of your ability. If you have trouble with one or two questions, skip them and go on. Give yourself time later in the test to go back and answer them. The same is true for true and false or essay questions. Start the easier one first in order to get yourself in the mindset of answering essay questions. 8. Get Help When You Need It When you have a problem with your school work or you don’t understand something, and you can’t figure it out by yourself, make sure you find someone to help you. Teachers, as well as administrators and counselors, are resources that you can go to with problems that seem to big or overwhelming to deal with on your own. Helping you learn and grow is what we are all here to do.