KEYS TO SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS

These fundamental keys guarantee scholastic success in any class
at any level.  The three basi...
* * KEYS T0 SCHOLASTICISUCCESS ” Page 2

C.  ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION——Being alert will show the
instructor your willingness t...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×

MarkTab's Top Keys to Scholastic Success

191

Published on

I wrote this document in the 1980s. My claim to authority is being valedictorian (shared award) at my high school (class of about 400). I attracted admittance and scholarships from some leading schools: Caltech, Harvard, MIT, Princeton

Published in: Education
0 Comments
2 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

No Downloads
Views
Total Views
191
On Slideshare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
0
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
1
Comments
0
Likes
2
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

MarkTab's Top Keys to Scholastic Success

  1. 1. KEYS TO SCHOLASTIC SUCCESS These fundamental keys guarantee scholastic success in any class at any level. The three basic divisions include: I. TAKE GOOD NOTES II. DEVELOP A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INSTRUCTOR III. STUDY THE MAIN POINTS I. TAKE GOOD NOTES Ideally, you should take good notes, notes good enough to give you an "A+" on the exam if it were closed textbook and open notes. Although specific note taking procedures vary, you should perform the following steps when you take notes: A. ALWAYS USE BOLDFACE PRINTING——Printing your notes while you take them allows for easy readability; this will save you time when you review for the exams. Boldface (all—capital) is useful for important points. B. ALWAYS WRITE WHAT THE TEACHER PUTS ON THE BOARD-—Most of the time, the teacher writes on the board exactly what will be on the exam, or a problem similar to one on the exam. C. ALWAYS WRITE WHAT THE TEACHER EMPHASIZES VOCALLY——Watch for the instructor to raise his voice or use key phrases such as, "I want you to get_this point in your notes, " or, "I want you to remember these facts. " D. ALWAYS WRITE COMPLETE EXPLANATIONS——Although you know what you're writing when you write it, you may forget weeks later when you dig out those notes to study for the exam. In addition to taking good notes, you must act as a good librarian to those notes. E. STORE YOUR NOTES IN ONE SAFE PLACE——Some methods include a class binder or a spiral notebook. F. GET MAKEUP NOTES IMMEDIATELY——This insures that you can keep up with the class and that no gaps in understanding will develop (especially crucial in subjects which build on previous material: science, math, and history). II. DEVELOP A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE INSTRUCTOR Even if you struggle through the whole year, a good reputation with your teacher will make him more willing to help you every time you need help. The teacher may allow you to turn in an assignment late or add points to a borderline grade. A. TAKE CLASS SUPPLIES TO CLASS EVERY TIME—-Always remember your textbook(s), notebook, paper, and pen/ pencil. B. BE TO CLASS ON TIME EVERY TIME.
  2. 2. * * KEYS T0 SCHOLASTICISUCCESS ” Page 2 C. ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION——Being alert will show the instructor your willingness to learn and insure that you take good notes. D. PARTICIPATE IN CLASS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE——The only stupid question is the one you don't ask. Also, answer questions even if they're simple because saying the information will help you to remember it. E. FOLLOW DIRECTIONS——Do the reading and assignments when and how the instructor wants them done. F. GET HELP FROM THE EXPERTS——It is expected that you will not understand everything that the teacher covers. In this event, follow the following process: 1. Try to find out the answer by yourself——Look at your textbook, handouts, and notes. 2. Ask a GOOD student for he1p—-Look for the consistent "A" student, not just anyone. 3. Go to the teacher——ALWAYS the best source. III. STUDY THE MAIN POINTS You may have to plan for several successive days to study for an exam. Realize that some sources of information are more reliable than others. A. PRIMARY SOURCES——Most reliable. 1. MEMORIZE KEY WORDS AND PARTS OF THE CHAPTER: a. Boldface Print b. Key Lists (Steps, Points) c. Key Diagrams d. Key Formulas (for math or science) e. Key Words (vocabulary) 2. STUDY ALL CLASS HANDOUTS, ESPECIALLY EXAM REVIEW SHEETS-—Memorize information that you KNOW will be on the test. B. SECONDARY SOURCES——Reliabi1ity depends on you. 1. STUDY YOUR CLASS NOTES THOROUGHLY——Again, memorize the important parts. C. QUIZ YOURSELF UNDER TEST CONDITIONS——Hide part of the answer to help you memorize information. D. REVIEW THE NOTES JUST BEFORE THE EXAM If you still have trouble, go to the teacher and explain to him what you are doing} Ask for suggestions on how you can alter the game plan for that class so you will maximize both your time and your grade.

×