How to Succeed in Education
1. YOU, YOURSELF, AND YOU
This may be the most important thing you will learn in high school! Realize that education is yours!!!! You are learning new things for your self-improvement not anyone else’s. In the end it is not the teacher or parents that determines your success. It’s you!
2. INTENSITY AND INDEPENDENCE INCREASE
You must also realize that there is an increase in intensity each year you go to school. Classes may be tougher, the work more in depth. This trend continues through college. Connected with the increase in intensity is an increase in the amount of independence you will be given. Those students who take charge of their educational life, and find the solution to problems on their own will excel, those who do not will struggle. For example: a student cannot determine the solution to a scientific question. She can do one of the following:
a) Give up and talk to people around her
b) Get the answer from a friend, who may or may not be correct. Will she understand the solution to her problem??? Maybe, maybe not.
c) Coax the teacher into giving her the answer so she doesn’t have to learn it for herself. (this is not recommended. What has she learned?)
d) Ask the teacher to break the problem into simpler terms that she can digest and understand it easier.
e) Ask the teacher to point you to a source that will explain the concept better so she can work at a slower pace later.
f) Go to the internet or an encyclopedia type source and search for the solution then discuss the answer with the teacher when the class goes over the assignment.
Choices d, e, and f are the most recommended. It depends on task time and resources available. Now here at old Buchanan High School there are computer labs and internet ready computers in the Library, and you can always find your teacher.
3. HOW DO YOU STUDY MATERIAL?
When studying material you must first determine what your strengths are. What I mean is this: Are you a visual learner, auditory learner, kinesthetic learner?
A. Visual learner: one who can see material on a page or board and understand its meaning. Studies best by reading notes, worksheets, etc.
B. Auditory learner: one who can hear a lecture and understand the material. Studies best by quizzing another person and vice versa.
C. Kinesthetic learner: one who must have an object to look and manipulate.
Studies best when he/she can see models of concepts or perform lab experiments. Example making a model of the planets. This person must interact with what he/she is studying.
Each person may be one or a combination of the 3 main types above. It is up to us to figure out which way you can learn, understand, and retain information. Once this is accomplished we will work together and tailor our class and your study habits to suit those ways.
4. WHEN IN CLASS. . . .
A. Pay attention: You would be amazed at what you can get figured out by listening. Instructions become clearer and you spend much less time trying to figure out what’s going on in class.
B. What are the main points that are being made in class. The bulk of information tested on will be based on those points.
C. When you get stuck on a concept or have a question speak up in class or see the instructor at the end of class for help. Usually 3-5 minutes is all it takes to understand.
D. Turn in what you have. Making an attempt is much better than doing nothing any day of the week. It is not a sign of weakness, only a sign that you didn’t finish your work on time. Some points are better than none.
5. WHEN AT HOME. . . .
Review your materials (notes, worksheets, labs, study guides etc.) for a few minutes each night. Studying for 10 to 20 minutes each night beats stressing out before the exam. Do not just read through your notes and think that you know the information. Relate what you have learned to something that you already know. Its easier that way. Do you understand the concepts well?? When you understand the concept the smaller points and facts do not seem as difficult to remember.
USE YOUR PARENTS.
This is the most crucial thing that you can do to help yourself study. Have them quiz you or ask you to explain things to them the best way that you know how. This will show your parents that you are studying, and also make them feel a part of your education.
If you have email at home, drop me a line in time for me to help you before the next class session approaches. You will be amazed. You can access my email account at my webpage. Feel free to check that out too.