years are a time of transition, growth, excitement as well as new opportunities and
challenges. During these years, you learn to balance academic with
What does it take to be successful at school?
There’s no secret formula, no magic potion that will do the trick. Actually, the
formula for success is pretty straightforward and not all that difficult to
follow. The students who do well are the ones who:
write down homework
assignments carefully — When your teachers give you an assignment, write it
down immediately on your school diary. Don’t depend on your memory — or your
friends — to supply the details later. If you don’t understand what is
expected, ask your teachers immediately.
do their work and turn
it in on time — Get your work finished at the earliest date possible. Then put
it someplace safe and where you’ll be sure to find it! You must do the work,
so why not get it done and turn it in on time so you get full credit for it?
And don’t misunderstand — when your teachers tell you to “read” something or
to “study” something, that’s considered work too!
plan ahead — Through
experience you’ll learn that it doesn’t pay to let assignments get ahead of
you. If you have a project to research and write about, do it in small steps.
Trying to read a novel in one night and write a report about it the next night
doesn’t produce a masterpiece!
ask teachers for help
— When you do well, we all do well. Teachers want you to succeed! If you’re
having trouble understanding something, or getting along with peers, or
getting organized, talk to your teachers. When you ask for help, you’re doing
two things — letting them know: 1) that you’re having difficulty and 2) that
you want, and value, their help and opinion.
ask parents for help —
Your parents really do know a lot! They are good listeners and can help you
find answers to problems. They can help you revise for tests and develop a
system to keep your homework where you can find it. Remember, your parents
love you unconditionally and ferociously — they are eager to support your
listen carefully and
do what is expected — If you’re told to keep your voices down when you’re
working on small group activities, do it — you’ll be surprised at how much
more your group will get done!
behave appropriately —
At your age, you should know what appropriate behaviour is and should be able
to behave accordingly.
show respect for
others — Each person is worthy of respect. Treat each other kindly. Be a
friend. Notice when someone is feeling hurt or left out and do something about
it. It’s so easy to keep quiet when someone is saying something mean about
someone else — but unless you speak up, you, too, are guilty of being hurtful!
When you pick on, or gossip about others, you’re really saying much more
(negative) about yourself than about the other person!
become involved —
Don’t be passive. Join in classroom discussions. Try to attend all student
come prepared for
class — Of course you need your books, your notebooks, your homework, your
diary, your paper, pens, and pencils! But at St. Augustine, “being prepared”
means more than that — it means bringing your enthusiasm and interest into the
classroom. You’d be amazed at how much more interesting your classes would be if
you just approach them with enthusiasm
tell the truth — It’s
not always easy to admit when you’ve done something wrong or forgotten to do
homework. But don’t stoop to lying. Be a person of honour; show strength of
be positive — about
yourself and your abilities, your peers, your teachers and other school
personnel, your families, your opportunities. By looking for and expecting, the
best in ourselves and in others, we tend to find it
do their best and take
pride in their work — Each of us has different abilities and personalities. But
we can always be proud when we can truthfully say to ourselves that we really
tried to do our best! Study properly for tests — don’t just have the book open
in front of you and “imagine” that you’re learning something. Work hard on
each assignment — let the old saying “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing
well” be your guide. Spend an extra minute to do top quality work.
be proud of their
school - Remember to always wear your uniform proudly and that you are
representing not only yourself but your college.