- Set priorities. There is no interruption of study time with TV, phone calls, snacks, etc.
- Study anywhere or everywhere. Keep a regular time everyday for studying and utilize extra time at work or play to study.
- Get organized. Keep an organized planner and notebook with all assignments and an organized study area with all supplies. Make sure to have all assignments and needed materials with you each time you go to class.
- Learn how to read. The secret of good reading is to be an “active reader.”
- Schedule your time. Procrastination is a student’s best enemy. Don’t wait to the last minute to complete assignments or to study.
- Take good notes – And use them! Always read the chapter, but listen and copy notes in class and then reread and recopy your notes each day.
- Clean up your act. Neat assignments are more likely to get higher grades than sloppy ones.
- Speak up. Participate in class by asking questions and showing intellectual curiosity.
- Study together.
- Test yourself. Make up and answer possible test questions or write out answers to chapter objectives.
- Do more than you are asked. Part of learning is practicing and the more you practice, the more you learn.
The most important ‘secret’ of the super-achievers is not so secret. For almost all straight-A students, the contribution of their parents is crucial …Parents impress the lesson of responsibility on their kids.
- Begin in infancy to give the child everything that they want. In this way, they will grow to believe the world owes them a living.
- When they pick up bad words, laugh at them so they think they’re cute and will pick up ‘cuter’ phrases to embarrass you with later.
- Never give them any spiritual training. Wait until they’re 21 and then let them ‘decide’ for themselves.
- Avoid the use of the word ‘wrong’ so they won’t develop a guilt complex. This will condition them to believe later when they’re arrested for stealing a car or possessing drugs that society is against them, and they are being persecuted.
- Pick up everything they leave lying around – books, shoes, & clothing. Do everything for them so they will be experienced in throwing all the responsibility on others.
- Let them read any printed material they can get their hands on including all internet sites. Be careful that that the dishes and glasses are sterilized, but let your child’s mind feast on garbage.
- Quarrel frequently in front of your child so they will not be so surprised later when their home breaks up.
- Give the child all the spending money they want & never let them earn their own. Why should things be as tough as you had them?
- Take their side in disputes against teachers, neighbors, and policemen. They are all prejudiced against your child.
- When they get into real trouble apologize for yourself, saying ‘ I never could do anything with them.’
Prepare for a life of grief because you are apt to have it.
How to have a successful parent-teacher conference
- Both parents should attend.
- Be on time and remember to keep the conference approximately 5 minutes in length. If you need more time, schedule a follow-up conference during the teacher’s conference period.
- Begin the conference with a positive tone.
- If you have questions you wish to ask, write these down ahead of time and bring them to the conference so you won’t forget to ask them.
- Ask questions about the student’s grades, assignments, behavior, etc.
- Listen closely.
- Ask the teacher for things that the student should do at home.
- Be sure to let the teacher know if there is any condition they should be aware of that might affect learning.
- Be cooperative and show respect because both you and the teacher want what is best for your child.
- Close the conference on a positive note.
Good Questions to ask the Teacher:
- What are my child’s areas of strength and weakness?
- Is my child involved in any special projects?
- How are home works, labs, tests, and projects evaluated?
- Has my child completed and turned in all their homework on time?
- Is my child involved in class discussions and activities?
- How does my child work with other students in groups?
- Does my child utilize their extra class time to work on homework?
- Is my child always respectful to the teacher and to other students? If not, ask for an explanation and set up an improvement plan with your teacher for your child to follow. Remember to re-contact the teacher to see if the plan is working or if it needs to be revised.
- Ask what you can do at home to help your child improve.
- Never ask for bonus work, especially if a child is failing! Children fail because they do not or can not do the work that is required of them. They need help with their regular assignments and not more work put on top of that!!!
Dates and Times for Parent-Teacher Conferences:
| Tuesday|| October 25, 2005||3:00 to 7:00pm|
| Thursday|| March 16, 2005||3:00 to 7:00pm|