1. Set goals Ė the roadmaps to success.
Goals help students see the big picture and also focus their attention on
the day-to-day steps. A clear goal strengthens studentsí resolve, and helps
them measure progress and recognize success as it happens.
2. Think positively, creatively, critically, and
courageously. Thereís power in positive thinking. Make a positive
commitment to yourself and to your goals. Look for enthusiastic classmates,
interesting ideas, and new concepts in all your schoolwork. See challenges
as opportunities, and be courageous enough to try new things. Check for
internal stumbling blocks: poor organization, procrastination, detrimental
self-talk, ineffective habits. Get help if needed. Review your successes.
Praise is a good thing! Remember to praise yourself and others.
3. Questions, questions, questions! Be like a
child, a scientist, or a CSI investigator: be curious, ask lots of
questions, and make lots of notes. Use questions to stimulate your interest
and to organize your thinking. *Whatís the main idea in this passage?
*Whatís the point of this? *How are the points supported? *Why is this
important? Read questions for valuable clues. What are you asked to do?
4. Good reading skills- A magic key to student
success Being able to comprehend what youíre reading is absolutely essential
for success at school and in many other aspects of life - from following
traffic signs to understanding medical instructions to writing exams.
Read. Read. Read. Read newspapers, magazines, and books. As you read,
pay attention to the authorís main ideas and supporting details. Use
clues to predict the authorís plan.
Successful students share some common characteristics.
They ask the necessary questions to be confident and they understand the
work and what is required of them. They develop a habit of connecting
information to assigned tasks. They are self-motivated and positive students
Good luck and success to all our students as we enter this
new term together.
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resolve (verb) - decide
firmly resolution (noun) a firm decision
concept - idea or mental
procrastinate - delay,
postpone, do something some other time
self-talk - evaluating
yourself , telling yourself you did well or poorly
CSI - Crime Scene
self-motivated - a desire
from within yourself to do or be something
detrimental - harmful,
commitment - make a promise
or pledge, a strong dedication
enthusiastic - eager, very
stumbling block -
makes something difficult
internal - inside (the body,
mind or soul) or invisible
essential - necessary , canít
do without it
investigate (verb) - examine,
study carefully, investigation (noun)
clues - facts, ideas that
serve as a guide; hints; bits of information
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