Creating a New Plan


After completing a midyear evaluation and a midyear reflection you should create a plan.  Ask a teacher or guidance counselor if they have suggestions to help you improve.  Talk to some friends and see what they are doing.  Remember to keep your plan manageable and doable.  Set up a study and homework schedule.  Pick the days, times, and location of where you are planning to study.  Set up a study space.  It should be well lit, comfortable, and quite.  Your homework space should have a table or desk, pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, sticky notes, and extra paper.  Reward yourself for sticking to your plan.  The reward should be appropriate for the goal.  You can reward yourself with a new game or outfit that you’ve been wanting or by going out with your friends one night, or by going to your favorite restaurant.

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Reflecting on What I Did


You should reflect on what you did in class and at home.  This will help you realize what worked and what you can improve on.  It will also help you create a plan so you can finish the year off strong.

Did I take effective notes?

Did I write down everything the teacher wrote on the board?  Did I take notes on what the teacher was saying?  Are my notes written neatly? Are my notes organized?

Did I participate in class?

Did I raise my hand to answer questions?  Did I ask the teacher questions if I was confused?

Did I do my classwork?

Did I try the independent work and questions on my own?

Did I study at home?

Did I do my homework?

Did I do my projects?

Why am I getting questions wrong?

Do I not understand the material?  Are they careless errors?

What worked?  What should I change?

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Evaluating after Midterms


The school year is now half over.  It is time to evaluate how you are doing in your classes this year.  You still have time to pull up your grade and do well in the course.  There are a few questions you should ask yourself.

Am I happy with my grade on the midterm exam?

Not just satisfied with the grade but are you actually happy with it?   Is the grade in the range that you were hoping for?  Is the grade in line with your first and second quarter grades?

Am I happy with the report card grades so far?

What is your average so far in each subject?  What is your overall average so far?  Is this the best that you can do?   Will these grades help me achieve my goals, whether it be college, the military, or a job?

Have I been studying and putting in my best effort?

Should I attend extra help?

Do I need a tutor?

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