the Best of Your School Year
by Kevin MacKinnon
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Every year I ask myself, "How can I make the most out of
this school year?" At the beginning of each year my notes
are in perfect handwriting: all lined up on the blue lines and
equally spaced. It doesn't take long to lose my form. Within a
week my handwriting is back to its usual style: the aim is to
keep it within the blue lines and many times I fail. The same
goes with my study habits, a gradual decrease within the first
few days and then a sudden drop. Noting this I thought I would
discuss ways that students can make the best out of their studies.
first step is to set goals both short and long term, keeping in
mind the big picture, that is your future job. An example of a
short term goal may be a midterm mark in a class. Long term goals
could be the end of semester mark, or even the job you aspire
to. Be realistic by setting goals that are reachable. After recognizing
what your goals are it is necessary to decide how you should accomplish
them. If you realize that your interest is in the Arts take Art
courses in high school. If you want to be a journalist report
for the school newspaper.
It helps to be reminded of our goals so write them down in a notebook
that you use daily whether it is your English notebook or a journal
you keep. Write down why you want to accomplish your goals. Everyone
has different techniques that work for them. For some rewarding
yourself with a CD or a trip, depending on the goal, is a good
incentive. Some tips for A+ing a class are:
1. Pay attention in class;
2. Be prepared for class;
3. Participate in class (this will help you remember what you
are responsible for);
4. Look over your notes nightly (some people condense them);
5. Get help as soon as its needed;
6. Ask questions; and
7. Use your time wisely - if you are given class time use it.
It will save you valuable time or at least lighten your school
these tips in mind. Remember life is not about a mark on a test
but a number of things - so don't stress yourself out. You must
always put things in perspective and see the whole picture. Some
people, in order to get high marks get caught up in memorizing
a text book. What is the use of that if you don't understand it?
We may learn many specific details in a text but the main goal
of schooling is to learn how to apply this to everyday life. It
is far beyond memorization!
admit that I don't use all the tips that I have listed but I still
accomplish my goals by remembering a few. Ideally, you could follow
all these points and get high grades but realistically, you can
only do so much with your time.
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