The school year is quickly approaching (if it hasn’t already for a few of you), and who better to ask for advice than teachers themselves. Below you’ll find some words of wisdom from a few of my colleagues, co-workers, and friends who have had the honor and privilege of being an educator.
1. Be on time to class and limit your absences.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many students fail a class simply because they were never there. Make sure to be on time to so you don’t miss any information, and if you have to miss class, make sure to talk to your teacher beforehand about getting the work.
2. Know where to ask for help and when you need it, and actually ask for it!
We’re all human which means that we all need help every now and then. Make sure you know where you can ask for help on your school campus. It can be an admin, a guidance counselor, security guard, teacher or staff member. Remember, help isn’t just limited to school work. If there’s anything you need, whether it’s a math problem, school problem, or life problem, there’s someone you can talk to. Don’t forget that a closed mouth doesn’t get fed. If you need help, say something.
3. Spend at least 30 minutes on school work as soon as school is over or as soon as possible, DAILY!
It’s simple. The more you work on something the better you become at it and the more it becomes embedded in your brain and memory. Create a routine that works for you and make sure to schedule this work in. It may sound tedious, but it’ll pay off when you don’t have to spend all night cramming for a test.
4. Communicate with your teachers
Contrary to popular belief, your teachers really do care for you and want to help you. Speaking as an educator, if we see a student making the effort, doing the work and still having a few problems, we will do whatever we can to help. Don’t be afraid to talk to your teachers. You’ll probably find yourself quite surprised.
5. Keep your planner up to date
Some of you probably aren’t too big on planners, but they help. You don’t need to have it decked out with stickers or highlighters, it just needs to serve its purpose. Keep track of assignments, projects and upcoming tests. This tool helps a lot for student-athletes who also need to keep track of practices and games.
6. Always give your best
180 days can seem long, but take it one day at a time. Start each day with a positive mindset and attitude and tackle the day. There’s going to be times where you get tired, but learn to rest, not quit. It’s not always going to be easy, but it is possible and know that we’re here cheering you on!
We’re hoping that this school year is different for you, in a good way. We’re declaring that you let God’s love and light shine through you and that you are the difference maker at your school. We also want to wish you a happy and prosperous school year as well.
Make it a great week, and remember, you are beloved.