From the desk of Jessica Mize, ACE Director & SPARC Coordinator:
Although the back-to-school hype is switching into full-on school routine mode, we are still early enough in the semester to discuss beginning of the year tips and habits that will positively influence student performance.
Just like the first step in building a house is to draw out blueprints, the first step to a successful school year begins with the finished product in mind. Students that create a clear picture of what they want the end to look like will be more likely to take the steps necessary to carry out a plan during the year that will produce their desired end.
Next, another crucial habit to develop early on is a proactive instead of reactive mindset. Students that act early and often on their behalf experience more academic success. For example, a proactive student asks questions whereas a reactive student accepts things as they are. A proactive student goes the extra mile when a reactive student does just enough. A proactive student creates goals whereas a reactive student accepts them. Ultimately, a proactive student seeks any and all learning opportunities.
Another important lifestyle habit to adopt in order to ensure success is to try new things. Brook Hill offers a plethora of opportunities for students to plug in and be involved in academics, athletics, residence life, campus life, the fine arts, etc. Students that commit themselves to trying new things are constantly developing, learning new skills, acquiring new friends and increasing their diversity, which in turn leads to the creation of innovative growth. The exposure to new, even if it is outside of our comfort zone, expands our knowledge, experiences and diversifies our experiences, which constantly broadens our horizons. Brook Hill also encourages our students to think of new ways, clubs, activities, etc. for our community. So, do not hesitate to propose something new!
Next, make sure that all of your physical and electronic necessities are met. Make sure you that you have your books, Internet access, a planner, pens, pencils, etc. And make sure that you constantly assess those items throughout the year.
Last, here are a few primal, tried and true habits to adopt now:
- Go to class!
- Sit at the front of the class
- Pay attention and ask questions
- Communicate with your teacher often
- Know your teacher’s email address
- Do not be afraid to ask for help
It is going to be a great year!