NEW HAVEN Conn. (WTNH) — The first few weeks of school are crucial for not just students but parents. Not only are kids getting to know their schedule, new classrooms, and meeting new friends, but they’re also making a first impression on your teachers.
Explaning the 4 ways to start school on right is CEO and founder of Successful Study Skills 4 Students, MIchelle Sagalyn.
4 ways to start school right:
- Shush. It’s exciting to be back in school with all your old and new friends. But once the teacher starts the class, stop chatting with your buds or texting your friend across the building and give the teacher your full attention.
- Don’t Shush. That being said, don’t completely clam up when you’re in class! Don’t be shy and raise your hand to answer questions. Chances are, another student has the same question. You’re not expected to be an expert on the subject; that’s why you’re taking the class! Participate, especially when no one else is willing to. Teachers notice students who are always willing to put themselves out there and take smart risks.
- Be Punctual. It sounds so simple, but it really will make a difference. Breezing into class even one minute late the first week does not demonstrate your academic dedication. Don’t worry, though; if you explain that you got lost on your way to class, teachers will understand. Just make sure you don’t use it as an excuse the second or third week of school.
- Look Interested in class. You may not be a huge algebra enthusiast, or maybe English isn’t your thing. But sitting with your head in your hands, staring out the window, or yawning constantly will not help your cause. Not only is it rude, but teachers notice students who are not engaged. Pretend to be fully present – even if you don’t like the subject: listen, maintain eye contact, and ask questions. Who knows? It may turn out that you’ll end up being interested in algebra or English.
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