Welcome to Student Success, where students can learn strategies to have more academic success. We find that coming out of grade 9 many students take things too lightly, not recognizing that the demands on them in high school are greater, despite the fact that they're only carrying 4 subjects as opposed to 8.
In order to maximize success each student should aim to improve in the following areas:
organization (of notebooks or binders, lockers, backpacks or bags)
attendance (everyday - cut out the excuses)
punctuality (on time everyday - it matters - get up a few minutes earlier if need be)
time management (schedule your study and assignment preparation time - it shouldn't occur by accident - use your agenda or reminders on your phone calendar app)
on task behaviour in class (put the phone away, stop talking to your friends - have some discipline and self-control)
motivation (find a reason to care, invest yourself and get engaged; every credit counts toward graduation even if it's not your favourite subject)
going to extra help or getting a peer tutor when needed (know when you need assistance and don't be afraid to ask - peer tutee applications available in the library)
New Student Orientation
Please check out the presentation that all grade 10 and new students had on Sept. 24.
Resilience is a characteristic we want to see in all of our future YM grads. Try taking the Grit Test to see how resilient you are. Good news, resilience can be built up and improved.
All teachers and students should have a growth mindset, a belief that intelligence can be improved. A fixed mindset, a view that intelligence is stuck at a certain level and can't improve, can be very harmful to academic success. Watch this very short video that summarizes the two mindsets.
Here is a cute little tip that is deep in meaning. It's a campaign called LIVE 54321+8:
Every day, students need:
5 servings a day of fruit and vegetables
4 glasses of water
3 good laughs
2 or fewer hours of screen time
1 hour of physical activity
plus 8 hours of sleep.
(Courtesy of OFSHEEA)
Teachers are finding that students are not getting enough sleep, causing them to sleep in class or not be alert enough to pay attention. Some students are not eating nutritious food, therefore they don't have enough energy to run their bodies and brains efficiently!
As students prepare for the provincial Literacy Test there are certain key areas they should focus on. Open the following document to get a few tips on how to do better on the test: Literacy_Types_of_Questions.docx
How to Study
Studying long is not the same as studying smart. Research shows that you need to constantly reinforce learning: that means repeating, practising, quizzing. Therefore, studying a little bit everyday is better than cramming it all in the night before the test.
Your brain only learns by doing things actively. This means that you need to do practice questions, write notes, quiz yourself, turn your notes into graphics or visuals.
For note-taking, use this strategy to study throughout a unit: take a piece of paper and fold it vertically so that there is a section one-third of a page wide and another section two-thirds wide. On the smaller section write down the key words or terms from today's lesson. On the larger section write down the definition and any details or examples about the word/term. This can also include visuals such as mind-maps or other graphics. Then, quiz yourself by closing the larger section. Do this every night when you come home from school. By the end of the unit you'll have a whole set of notes. Quiz yourself by juggling the order of the pages.
If you know how the brain works you can study more wisely. The brain needs contstant repetition and reinforcement. It needs action rather than just reading. Reading is not the same as studying. Though reading over your notes or the textbook may be a first step in studying, it should not be the end. Highlighting notes is not thought to be effective. Highlighting must be accompanied by more active learning, such as the strategies mentioned earlier.
Habits of Mind
You have a habit of mind when something comes naturally to you. It takes time, practice and consistent effort to develop healthy school-related habits of mind. If success doesn't come immediately, you cannot give up. We learn from our mistakes, and we learn over time.
Source: ASCD Books. Kosta and Bellick. Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind. 2013. http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108008/chapters/Describing-the-Habits-of-Mind.aspx
Selected Habits of Mind
persisting (not giving up)
managing impulsivity (focusing)
thinking flexibly (being open-minded)
striving for accuracy
thinking and communicating with clarity and precision