Progress Grades: How did you do?
10 General Rules to Help You Succeed
Use your Planner!!
- Your planner is your lifeline! Take it everywhere (success = organization)
- If no homework: write “none” or “0”.
- Keep it neat (you may need to refer back to it)
- Mark important dates (highlighters are helpful)
- Great communication tool between students and parents.
Follow Directions – It’s at least half of your grade!!
- Follow directions, it shows the teacher you’re listening.
- If given no guidelines, ask specific questions!
- Bottom line: If you don’t follow direction your grade will suffer.
- Neat, legible and organized. Can you imagine reading 140 papers a day?
- Attitude and behavior influence your grade! (No matter how smart you are)
- Body language is just as important as words.
- Impress your teachers (they’ve got the power) not your classmates.
- Always submit something(even if late) or your guaranteed a zero!
- Neat, legible and organized. Typed papers are preferred.
- Late Homework: points are deducted. (But better late than not at all)
- If absent: homework must be made up or it will be a zero. (student’s responsibility)
- Follow directions: give the teacher what they asked for.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questionsif you don’t understand.
- Homework buddy: exchange phone numbers with a classmate.
- If behind or overwhelmed: use your weekends to lighten your work week.
- Part of your grade, so speak up!
- Can make the difference between an A/B, B/C, and C/D.
- Make up missed homework, tests, labs, class notes etc...the sooner the better.
(The # of days absent is usually the # of days you have to make up work)
It’s your responsibility to get class notes from a classmate.
- Be grateful if your teacher gives a study guide, since not all do.
- Helpful for test prep, so answer completely and accurately.
- When possible, copy blank study guides before you fill in. Good for reviewing.
- Usually count as homework points – but do the even if they don’t for review.
- Rarely given, so definitely do it! (Even if you don’t think you need it)
- Could mean the difference if you have a borderline grade.
- Every point counts!!
- If your grade is in jeopardy ask what you can do to raise it.
CYA (Cover your Assets)
- If in doubt – don’t throw it out!
- Don’t throw out anything until you get your report card!!
- Teacher sometimes misplace papers or forget to record grades.
- The burden is on you to 1) produce your work, 2) redo it, or 3) get a zero.
- Make copies before you submit your final paper(copy anything you’ve spent substantial time on.) Remember: computers crash and freeze at the worst time, so save often, burn to a disc or print a hard copy.
End of Quarter Clean-up
- Each quarter lasts about 9 weeks. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
- Quarters end: 11/2, 1/31, 4/19 and 6/20.Know when the quarter ends!
- In 7th & 8th grade a new quarter means a clean slate. Grades start over.
- Turn in missing assignments, maintain existing grades or pull up low grades.
- Clean out binders, replace broken ones, save papers, and get ready for next quarter.
Mr. Olguin, Principal
Corona del Mar 7/8