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    Becoming a Better Student

    What does it take to be a better student? Sometimes it seems like 
    some kids are just lucky or that some kids are just born smart. 
    Being a good student (or even a better student that you are right now) 
    isn't based on luck. To be a better student, you must set some goals, 
    put in some effort, go to work, and plan to succeed.

    Let's look at each step separately. When we're done, we'll look at suggestions from each 
    of our departments on how to be a better student 
    or how to be a better student in each content area.

    Step One: Set Some Goals

    Goals are our maps. Short-term goals are how we measure our progress
    on our trip to our long-term goals. You can think of a short-term as 
    being like a mile marker on the highway: you can see how far you're
    come and how far you have to go. A successful student will set short-term 
    and long-term goals.

    Let's pretend that Jane wants a better grade in English this trimester.
    First, she has to determine how much she wants to raise her grade. 
    Next, Jane needs to look at what she can do to raise her grade. 
    Jane decides that if she improves her spelling/vocabulary test scores,
    her overall grade will improve. Jane decides to work toward 
    earning a 90% or better on each spelling/vocabulary test. Now Jane 
    has a short-term goal (90% or better on each test) and a long-term 
    goal (a higher grade in English). Now Jane is ready to begin.

    Step Two: Put in Some Effort

    A 90% or higher isn't going to automatically appear on Jane's spelling/vocabulary tests. 
    Jane has to stretch her mental muscles to make it happen. Little effort= little result, maximum 
    effort= maximum result. Since Jane wants to maximize her results, she is willing to put 
    forth a strong effort, she determines that she will study her spelling/vocabulary list for 
    at least 10-15 minutes every day of the week.

    Step Three: Go to Work

    Now that Jane has goals and has detemined the level of effort she 
    needs to give, she can begin work. The day that she receives her next spelling/vocabulary 
    list she takes it home so she can study. For the next seven days, Jane uses every technique 
    she learned in elementary school to practice her spelling and memorize the definitions of the 
    words. When it came time for the test, Jane was positive she had done well. When 
    the test was returned, Jane knew her techniques had worked: She had achieved a 
    score of a 90%- a much higher score than she has ever earned before.

    Step Four: Plan to Succeed

    Success isn't something that can be ordered off a fast-food menu.
    Success takes planning. Students, like Jane, who are trying to improve
    their performance need to use every strategy available. Performance- enhancing techniques are 
    available to everyone- you just have to use them. In the next section 
    you will find ideas on how you can plan to succeed.

    Becoming a Better Student:

    Section Two

    Use a Planner or calendar to wrike down your assignments, due 
    dates, and test dates.

    • Make a resolution to turn in everything on or before the due
      dates. Remember, late work is often penalized or given a zero. The 
      best way to become a better student is to complete and turn in everything on time.
    • Build homework and study time into your schedule just like work 
      and other commmitments. Don't procrastinate and leave assignments 
      or projects off until the last minute. Start them as soon as you get them 
      so you don't have to rush to get it done all at once. If it helps listen 
      to music when studing, it blocks out other noises and distractions, 
      and helps you focus on your work. Remember, if you're not 
      committed to becoming a better student it's unlikely you will become one.
    • Talk poisitively to yourself and about yourself. Instead of telling 
      your tacher "I'll try," tell him/her "I'll do that right now". Avoid 
      calling yourself "stupid" or "dumb". Your brain will believe what you 
      tell it. If you put garbage into your brain, it will give you garbage back again.
    • Check your attitude. Negative thougths about a teacher or class 
      affect your entire outlook about the class. Keep positive. Look for 
      the good things in the class and about the teacher. Avoid complaining.
      If you complain that the work is difficult, the work will become more difficult and take 
      more time. Going on the offensive and attacking your work right away avoids 
      wasting time and avoids planting negative thoughts.
    • Use your time wisely. Wasted minutes, hours, and days can never
      be recaptured; they are gone for good. If you finish early in your 
      math class, try working on a history assignment, reading for your 
      book report, or preparing your next speech. Remember, the more homework you do at school the more time you have for the fun parts of life.
    • Communicate! Teachers cannot read your mind, therefore, if there 
      is a thought, feeling, comment, or concern you have tell your teacher.
      If you talk, they will listen.
    • Pay attention in class to what the teacher has to say and listen 
      carefully. Sit in the front row, lean forward, don't talk to friends 
      and neighbors. Participate in more class discussions and do all the 
      extra credit offered and listen to the instructions.
    • Take good notes. Complete thought out notes so that you can understand them. You don't have to copy them down word for word, just make it so you will remember them.
    • If you have vision of school becomes more important because you 
      have steps to take to get to the vision. Those steps begin in High School. You will 
      have something to look forward to.

      DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE DRAMA!!
    • Take an interest in the class, a real intrest. Find someway that it 
      can have a meaning to you personally. Take the class seriously. Focus and pay attention in the class. Do assignments promptly to keep from getting behind and overwhelmed.
    • Be ready for the class. Have all the materials you need when you 
      need them. When forgotten, it's irritating to the teacher if you have to go
      to your locker and get books and other things.
    • When starting a new section in a subject and you don't understand, 
      don't be afraid to ask the teacher for help either after class or before school. If you
      wait till it's almost time to take the test you won't be as prepared and behind 
      because your trying to catch up on those past weeks.
    • Get enought sleep so you can be alert durning the next day.
    • Never get behind on your school work and study longer and harder
      then you think that you need to.
    • Be to class on time. Attendence it very IMPORTANT!

     

    Success in Bussiness Classes:

    • Expect homework and projects which may require work outside the class.
    • Come to class prepared to work- pen, paper, and organizational tools.
    • Take notes- to stay engaged and be involved in your own education!
    • Use notes for homework and to study for projects or exams.
    • Ask questions during thr presentaion.
    • Clarify concepts as they're being taught.
    • Do not put off any homework or project- plan ahead.
    • Work should be quality- mailable documents and projects.
    • Create a portfolio of completed work for the class and potentilal employers.
    • Get your work done and turned in on time.
    • If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to visit with your teacher! 
      We are here to assist you.
    • Work must be your own. You are building your own work ethic! What you do 
      today affects what you become tomorrow!
    • No matter what- NEVER GIVE UP!

     

    To Succeed in Math:

     

    • Expect homework daily- plan for it- write it down
    • Take notes- use them- for homework and to study
    • Ask questions during the presentation
    • Clarify concepts as they're being taught
    • Do your homework daily- right after school (Don't procrastinate)
    • Use complete setups- neat and logical progressions
    • Show each step- don't "Do it in your head"
    • Answer sheets won't get it
    • Demonstrate your understanding by explaining the concepts to your parents- if 
      you can't explain, you don't understand.
    • Get help early- before a little thing becomes a BIG thing- before school, after school, 
      Math lab, tutor (if desired)
    • Keep trying- even if you have a low grade
    • If you're learning something- your NOT failing
    • No it's not easy- so, get on with it!

     

    To Succeed in Social Studies:

     

    • Come to class
    • Pay attention
    • Do your work
    • Turn it in

    Additionally:

    • Read the book and assignments
    • Take notes
    • Participate in duscussions and activites
    • Stay awake

     

    Success in Technology Education:

     

    • Demonstrate the ability to work safely with a variety of technologies
    • Demonstrate interpersonal skills as they relate the workplace
    • Identify and apply methods of information acquisition and utilization
    • Apply basic skills in communication, mathematics, and science appropriate to technological 
      content and learning activites
    • Demonstrate and apply design/problem solving processes
    • Express an understanding of technoloical systems and their complex interrelationship
    • Demonstrate the abiliy to properly identify, organize, plan, and allocate resources.
    • Discuss individual interests and aptitudes as they relate to a career
    • Demonstrate employability skills and habits
    • Demonstrate an understanding of entrepreneurship
    • Make an informed and meaningful career choice
    • Demonstrate proper and safe procedures and technial knowledge and skills in the use 
      and care of drafting instruments, material and equipment

     

    Success in Family and Consumer Science:

     

    In order for students to succeed in our classes they need:

    • Basic reading and writing skills
    • Basic math skills
    • Willingness to learn
    • Responsible for their possissions and behavior
    • Regularly attend class
    • Make up missed assignments and days

     

    Recommended Reading for College-Bound Readers

     

    Author---------------------------------------------------Title

    Achebe, Chinua-------------Things Fall Apart

    Aee, James---------------A Death in the Family

    Austen, Jane-----------------Pride and Prejudice

    Baldwin, James---------Go Tell It on the Mountain

    Beckett, Samuel----------------Waiting for Godot

    Bellow, Saul--------The Adventures of Augie March

    Bronte, Charlotte------------------------Jane Eyre

    Bronte, Emily----------------Wuthering Heights

    Camus, Albert-------------------The Stranger

    Cather, Willa------------Death Coems for the Archbiship

    Chaucer, Geoffrey----------The Canterbury Tales

    Chekhov, Anton---------------The Cherry Orchard

    Chopin, Kate------------------The Awakening

    Conrad, Joseph---------------Heart of Darkness

    Cooper,James Fenimore------------The Last of Mohicans

    Crane, Stephen------------The Red Badger of Courage

    Dante------------------------------------Inferno

    de Cerbamtes, Miguel----------------Don Quixote

    Defoe, Daniel--------------Robinson Crusoe

    Dickens, Charles------------Tale of Two Cities

    Dostoyevsky,Fyodor----------Crime and Punishment

    Douglass, Frederick-------------Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Dreiser, Theodore----------- An American Tragedy

    Dumas, Alexander-------------------The Three Musketeers

    Eliot, George-------------------The Mill on the Floss

    Ellison, Ralph-----------------Invisible Man

    Emerson, Ralph Waldo---------------Selected Essays

    Faulkner, William------------------As I lay Dying

    Faulkner, William-----------------The Sound and the Fury

    Fielding, Henry-------------------------------Tom Jones

    Fitzgerald, F. Scott--------------The Great Gatsby

    Flaubert, Gustave----------------Madame Bovary

    Ford, Ford Madox-----------------The Good Soldier

    Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von-----------------Faust

    Golding, William----------------- Lord of the Flies

    Hardy, Thomas------------Tess of the d'Urbervilles

    Hawthorne, Nathaniel-----------The Scarlet Letter

    Heller, Joseph---------------------------------Catch 22

    Hemingway, Ernest------------A Farewell to Arms

    Homer---------------------------------------------The Iliad

    Homer-----------------------------------------------The Odyssey

    Hugo,Victor----------------------The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    Hurston, Zora Neale----------Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Huxley, Aldous-------------Brave New World

    Ibsen, Henrik-------------A Doll's House

    James, Henry--------------The Portrait of a Lady

    James, Henry----------The Turn of a Screw

    Joyce, James-----------------A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man

    Kafka, Franz--------------------The Metamorphosis

    Kingston, Maxine Hong------------The Woman Warrior

    Lee, Harper-----------To Kill a Mockingbird

    Lewis, Sinclair-----------------------Babbitt

    London, Jack-------------The Call of the Wild

    Mann, Thomas----------The Magic Mountain

    Marquez, Gabriel Garcia----------One Hundred Years of Solitude

    Melville, Herman------------Bartelby the Scrivener

    Melville, Herman-------------------------Moby Dick

    Miller, Arthur---------------------------------The Crucible

    O'Connor, Flannery---------------A Good Man is Hard to Find

    O'Neill, Eugene------------Long Day's Journey into Night

    Orwell, George--------------Animal Farm

    Pasternak, Boris---------------Doctor Zhivago

    Plath, Sylvia-----------------The Bell Jar

    Poe, Edgar Allan--------------Selected Tales

    Proust, Marcel-----------Swann's Way

    Pynchon, Thomas--------------The Crying of Lot 49

    Remarque, Erich Maria-----------All Quiet on the Western Front

    Rostand, Edmond--------------Cyrano de Bergerac

    Roth, Henry---------------------------Call it Sleep

    Salinger, J.D.-------------------------The Catcher in the Rye

    Shakespeare, William-------------Hamlet

    Shakespeare, William----------------Macbeth

    Shakespeare, William----------A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Shakespeare, William-----------Romeo and Juliet

    Shaw, George Bernard-------------------Pygmalion

    Shelley, Mary--------------------------Frankenstein

    Silko, Leslie Marmon------------------Ceremony

    Solzhentizyn, Alexander----------One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    Sophocles------------------------------------Antigone

    Sophocles------------------------------Oedipus Rex

    Steinbeck, John----------------The Grapes of Wrath

    Stevenson, Robert Louis-------------Treasure Island

    Stowe, Harriet Beecher----------------Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Swift, Jonathan-------------------Gulliver's Travels

    Tracheray, William----------Vanity Fair

    Thoreau,Henry David----------------------Walden

    Tolstoy, Leo------------------War and Peace

    Turgenev, Ivan--------------Fathers and Sons

    Twain, Mark--------------The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin

    Voltaire------------------------------------Candide

    Vonnegut, Kurt Jr.-------------------------Slaughterhouse-Five

    Walked, Alice---------------------The Color Purple

    Wharton, Edith-----------------------The House of Mirth

    Welty, Eudora-----------------------Collected Stories

    Whitman, Walt---------------------Leaves of Grass

    Wilde, Oscar--------------The Picture of Dorian Gray

    Williams,Tennessee-------------The Glass Menagerie

    Woolf, Virginia--------------The Lighthouse

    Wright, Richard----------------Native Son

    Source: www.collegeboard.com