(This text was recently sent to the students of Raberge's ATA Leadership Martial Arts.)
Organizing schoolwork would be a breeze for many students if they only follow a few simple tasks on a routine basis. Very often it’s the small details of daily life that slow you down.
The following are some suggestions to maintain good school grades and to be a successful student:
First impressions are often the only impressions you get to make. Make your teacher’s first impression of you one that will help you get good grades and all the help you can use.
Remember that your first few classes are your most important classes. This is where you get off on the right foot and to a good start. Concentrate and be alert so you can do your best.
Your room is your castle and your office. Be sure to make it orderly and functional. Keep it clean.
Prepare for tomorrow the night before. Set out your clothes for the next day. Pack your backpack with your completed assignments and books you used. Put it an accessible place so it is ready to go in the morning. Get a good night’s rest.
Start the day in a relaxed and purposeful manner. Set your wake up clock with enough time to do what you have to do in the morning. Thirty minutes is never enough to get ready for school, and it is not fair to you, your grades, or your teacher.
Be on time for school and your classes. Late is never good, while early is almost always the way of the winner.
The best time to do your homework is right after you get home.
You will have a better chance of remembering that day’s instruction, and less of a chance if you chose other distractions first. Do it now! The best time is now!
Rule your own life. If you let the television, video games, or your friends rule your life, then you will not be the winner you should be. You have a life of your own. It is worthwhile and meaningful. Rule it yourself.
Learn how to hang up the phone or stop texting. Use respect, but hang up anyway. Your teachers will not accept a 2-hour text session as a reason for poor or incomplete homework. Learn to say, “Can I please call you back in 30 minutes?”
Walk away from situations or people that will destroy your mental or physical growth. Rule your own life.
Make good use of small blocks of time. There is no rule that says you have to lay comatose while listening to music or watching TV. Do some of the easy stuff at those times.
Have a positive relationship with your parents and your teachers, and always maintain respect. Show respect at all times, and you will do much better.
Be selective in choosing your friends. You do not have to be friends with the whole school. Pick out a few people who are headed in the same direction in life that you are. If you hang out with the respectful, intelligent, and safe people, then you will be respectful, intelligent, and safe. Think about it. You tell your best friend that you can only talk to him/her for a few minutes because you have homework. Do they get upset? If your friends cause you to skip the important things, then they are not your friends. If they understand because they are doing the same thing, then you will never be under pressure to do the wrong thing. PIck your friends with care. You are with the time.