Hello Students, I hope that you are all doing well! We have finally come to the end of the first marking period already, WOW, that went fast! I know that Remote Learning can be challenging at times for some students and that some of you may need extra help. I want to let you know that I am here for you if you need me, either academically, socially, emotionally or on a more personal level. Now that 1st marking period has ended, this is a very good time to reflect on how 1st marking period went for you. How did you do?? Ask yourself, “what can I do to step it up and improve myself, and my academic success for 2nd marking period”? “Do I need to change or improve my study habits”? Remember that it is your responsibility to take charge of your learning and to work to the best of your ability. When you apply your best effort and good study habits, you can successfully improve your grades!
Please reach out to me if you need any help or assistance getting organized, staying on track, or anything at all. I am here to help you be successful during this challenging time of remote learning. I encourage you to contact me if you need anything at all! I will do my best to to serve you! I can be reached at email@example.com
On Monday, Nov. 2nd we will begin the 2nd marking period. This can be a fresh start for you if you didn’t do as well as you had planned during 1st marking period. The following are some things that you can do for yourself to help you be more successful during 2nd marking period.
Set Academic Goals. Setting goals can establish a clear pathway to academic success! Goal setting will help you focus on what you need to get done to be successful. It is a plan of action of what you want to achieve and how you will go about it. It is best to set small goals that are reachable realistic. Goals will help prevent you from becoming overwhelmed, frustrated, or discouraged with your school work. Achieving your goals can make you feel good and more confident with your school work, as well as your personal life. Contact me if you would like help setting some goals for yourself.
Be sure to complete ALL daily assignments, and on time. Your grade is generally calculated by adding up all of the points you earn by completing your assignments. The more points you receive, the better your grade will be. By completing all of your daily homework, it will eliminate any missing assignments which can affect your grade. If you fail to do some of your class work, those zeroes can DRASTICALLY bring down your grade. If you do have any missing assignments, be sure to make them up and turn them in as soon as possible.
Let your teachers know that you’re making an effort to do better and ask for their help when needed. Follow your teacher’s suggestions and accept their offer for help. Attend all in person and virtual Learning Labs that you are invited to. If you feel that you need additional help and need to attend additional Labs, just ask your teacher and they will make arrangements. Remember, your teachers EXPECT you to ask questions and ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and/or ask for help when you feel that you need to.
Go for Extra Credit! Take advantage of extra credit assignments that your teachers offer. Extra credit assignments are a good way to not only improve your grade, but it also shows your teacher that you are making an extra effort and care about your grade and academic progress.
Exhibit “Active Participation” in class. Participate in class by taking notes, having your camera on during Synchronous Learning/Zoom, making eye contact with your teacher, raising your hand to answer questions and offer input. This will show your teacher that you are making a conscious effort to do well in their class. Participation is important!
Study in a quiet environment. Find a quiet environment to set up your “Study Station” and attend your remote classes. Choose a place where you can study without interruptions or distractions so that you can concentrate better ie: eliminate TV, radio, cell phone, other individuals or things that can be distracting. It is also important to keep all of your school supplies together and organized at your study station.
Establish a good routine and good study habits. Good study habits and routine are essential for your academic success! In addition to having a quiet place to study, you should establish a routine of making sure that your study station is ALWAYS the same spot where you study. Keep all of your school supplies( ie: paper, pencils/pens, highlighters, notebooks, folders, computer or chromebook ect.) neatly organized at your study station. Set a routine schedule of when you will study and don’t forget to also plan small 10 minute breaks for yourself .
Stay organized! In the absence of organization, papers, notes and other materials can easily get lost or misplaced. When in class, take good notes and keep them organized so that you can find them and review them when needed. Use folders, binders and notebooks at your study station to help you organize your class notes, review sheets, assignments etc. It is also helpful to use a planner or calendar app to stay organized. Write down all of your assignments, tests, quizzes, projects and due dates. Make sure to check your planner EVERY DAY so that you know what you have to do. It is a good idea to spend some time each night organizing what you will need for the next day. Keep yourself on track by practicing good organizational and time management skills…..You will feel better and more confident about your school work if you do!
Good Attendance! It’s hard to get good grades if you miss class a lot. Do your very best to attend class every single day, and try not to be late. Teachers usually make important announcements at the very beginning of class, so you could miss important information if you are even a few minutes late….BE ON TIME!
Try some of these ideas starting off 2nd semester. If you would like help in any of these areas, please contact me and we can set up a Zoom meeting. Thank You, Ms. Gronau firstname.lastname@example.org