Back to school tips from the experts
The 2013/2014 school year will get underway this week for elementary, high school, CEGEP and university students across the province.
And while new school clothes, supplies and shoes are often at the forefront of preparedness, many “experts” stress focusing on the more intangible factors that can make a key difference in a students’ overall success in school (remember, success is defined not only in achieving good grades, but in also making a positive difference in a school community). With that in mind, the Lester B. Pearson School Board surveyed many school administrators, teachers, parents and students to compile the following list on ways students can put their best foots forward this year.
1- Always be yourself. Accept that you will make mistakes but that you will also learn from them.
2- Don’t miss the first day, and arrive on time. This sends a strong message that you are committed to school.
3- Learn to take effective notes. Make notes short and to the point. If you don’t know how to take effective notes ask a parent or teacher to help develop your own system.
4- Keep an open-mind. Don’t pre-judge classmates or teachers. Give everyone an equal chance and give yourself time to get to know them.
5- Be organized from the start; do assignments right away so they don’t pile up. Keep your locker organized. Label binders and folders.
6- Choose your friends carefully; choose people who seem positive, committed to the school community and who are ready to have a good academic year.
7- Your friends might not always make the best choices – you do not have to follow them.
8- Don’t be shy to ask questions; half of the class is probably wondering the same thing but nobody wants to speak up. We learn from asking questions.
9- Be a leader. As you get older, look out for the younger kids. Remember: you were once in their shoes.
10- Get involved in school activities. The more active you are in school life, the more you’ll get from it. School is the place where you get to try out all sorts of new things – some of them may become passions for life.
1- Set a bedtime so kids get enough sleep. Even high school and college students need time to rest and recharge.
2- Give kids strategies for coping with conflicts such as bullying and cyberbullying, ex: walk away; tell the bully to stop; talk to an adult; stand up for others.
3- Make sure kids are prepared the night