As you get organized and set goals for the new term, why not check in with an expert?
We talked to a local middle school teacher and she gave us an inside look into what teachers wish students would do.
Use teacher websites and calendars
Teacher websites and calendars are excellent tools to use to stay on top of assignments. Not only do the calendars outline the current week and beyond, but the websites often provide a gold mine of resources: copies of handouts, reading materials and videos. You may even find study hints or answer keys! These tools are better than an online search or textbook – the teachers’ resources are exactly what you need to learn to be successful in their classes.
Use your planner
Most adults use a planner in some form – electronic or paper – to stay organized and keep them running on time. Students benefit from planners as a clear visual aid to keep assignment due dates and test days straight. Despite teachers providing at least a week at a time in detail AND class time to fill out planners, too many students do not use this resource. Want to go electronic instead of paper? Ask your teacher.
Use class time to get the work done
Even if you think you understand the material, get work done in class. Reduce what you need to do at home, and identify challenging problems while the teacher and peers are there to help. Map out what needs to be done in class – do NOT say, “I’ll do it later!”
Ask if you have questions (even on a test or quiz)
Asking your questions out loud helps you figure it out for yourself. Additionally, the teacher may clarify or give you a hint – partial credit is better than none. Worst case: you might not get an answer, but the teacher knows you are trying.
Do missing/incomplete assignments
Checking Infinite Campus/online grade books on a weekly basis should identify assignments that are missing or have low scores. Resubmit or check with the teacher as soon as you see the “missing” posted, ideally within a week of when the work was due. Addressing missing work soon is easier for you and for the teacher and ensures that you understand what is next. If you ignore it, you may miss the opportunity to learn the material and get credit for it.
These tips are valuable for developing good relationships with your teachers. Completing them shows your teachers that you care in addition to helping you stay on top of your school game!