Academic Counseling

Students are encouraged to make an appointment with their counselor if they are experiencing any academic issues.  Most questions can be answered and most problems resolved just by talking to the right person.  If you are having academic difficulty the first person you should talk to is your teacher.  If that does not seem to resolve the issue, your counselor can be an excellent resource. 

To be successful in school:

  • Be in school on time, every day—attendance is very important to success!
  • Be prepared for class—complete nightly assignments, read, ask questions.
  • Turn your assignments in on time.
  • Participate in class.
  • Take notes, be an active listener.
  • Seek help from the teacher if necessary.   Your teacher is your best resource!
  • Don’t procrastinate.
  • Treat your peers and teachers with respect.

Study Skills Tips

  • Use your student planner.  Look ahead to big projects or tests that are coming up and plan accordingly.
  • Be sure to keep your binder, backpack and locker organized.
  • Use your resource periods wisely.
  • Review your notes each night.  This will make studying for tests much easier.
  • Create a monthly calendar so that you can see when long term assignments are due.  Remember to break these long term assignments down to smaller pieces so that you can gradually complete the project rather than doing it all at one time.
  • Know your learning style.  Do you retain more by seeing the information or hearing it?  Do you learn better through hands on activities?
  • Prioritize to be sure the most important things are being completed first.
  • If you are given a review sheet, complete it and study it thoroughly…this is important information that the teacher wants to be sure you know.
  • Use flashcards or have someone quiz you.

Test Anxiety

Most students experience some type of anxiety before tests.  Sometimes this is helpful as it can make you more alert for the test.  However, for some students, test anxiety causes a lack of focus and an inability to recall information.  To help with test anxiety:

  • Utilize relaxation techniques on the testing day.  These can include taking deep breaths, stretching before you enter the classroom, closing your eyes and visualizing a place where you feel safe and comfortable.
  • Avoid cramming as that creates stress while you are studying.  Begin to prepare in advance of a test.  Do not wait until the night before.
  • Start with questions that you know so that you can build your confidence.  You can skip around in the test—do not feel like you have to take the test in order from start to finish.