Welcome Back to School!
It’s that time of year again and you want to begin a new school year prepared, ready to learn and finish strong! We’ve asked some of the BRHS principals to offer their advice to students on how to make this school year the very best.
From Edward Hunter, our newest Assistant Principal:
- GET ORGANIZED! – Students who aren’t organized end up wasting precious time looking for items or notes, or doing last-minute work they forgot about. Establish routines that make your day more manageable and hassle-free. Create a set study time, if possible and prioritize your tasks.
- EXERCISE! – Regular exercise helps you to remember information better, enhances your concentration, and makes you more creative. Take care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. Steer away from negative peer pressure
- HAVE FUN! – Join a club and get involved to receive the full high school experience.
From Dr. Louis Moore, Assistant Principal:
- BE OVERLY PREPARED. Write down all questions you want to ask the night before the first day of school. Put your questions on a sheet of paper and put it away in your book bag. Students should have their clothes coordinated and organized the night before. Plan your breakfast and lunch (if you bring your lunch to school) menus. Have your lunch pre-packed and cooling in the fridge.
- Have all of your school supplies packed the night before the first day of school. Attach your I.D. to your book bag. Set your alarm on your cell phone and place it to where you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off.
- LISTEN ATTENTIVELY to ALL directions and instructions in every class. Write down the really important stuff such as class requirements and deadlines.
- READ AND REVIEW all materials. When you get home after the first day of school, take out all new materials such as syllabuses, course descriptions, class notes, and flyers. Read everything carefully and share with your parents.
And from Shaun Feinberg, Assistant Principal:
When you start getting assignments on your return to school, get to work on them immediately. Try to stay ahead on your work as long as possible.
How to Take Really Great Notes in Class:
You’re in high school now and it’s a fact that you will be taking notes in many of your classes. Really good, well organized notes are essential so that your study time is effective and successful. Cornell University has established a notetaking system that has gained popularity among many educational and other institutions. Here are some tips taken from the system:
- Learn to listen and write
Multitasking is an ideal if not necessary skill to be mastered while learning the art of note taking. The teacher might say things that are not in a PowerPoint or written on the board, but are, in fact, very important for you to know.
2. Pay close attention to hints your instructor might give.
Instructors will often indirectly say or do things to give hints to information and ideas that could appear on tests. The teacher might go into a subject or idea with great detail. This usually means that it is something that greatly interests the teacher and may be important to completely understand for questions on a test. They might use signal phrases or words to the rhythm of, “This is important . . . “ “For this reason . . .” “It is critical . . .” etc. A teacher might repeat a question throughout the lecture or ask questions about what you just learned during or after the lecture to emphasize the answer’s significance. Be sure to look or listen for actions or words that you notice your instructor does or says frequently.
3. Don’t write down every single word
The majority of professors in college, and even high school, will not stop and wait for you to finish writing everything that’s on the board. Try to avoid using small words that aren’t always necessary, such as “and,” “the,” “a,” or “an.” Abbreviate words and phrases, use initials, and draw simple pictures or symbols to represent things that you notice occur frequently in the notes. Remember, you should be going back later on, preferably that night, to review your notes and ask questions, so it is at that point that you can finish writing your notes.
4. Use a structured and organized note-taking format.
It’s a good idea to use the same note-taking format, whatever you choose, for all classes. There is always a difference between students who take some notes and students who take organized notes and review them daily
*Excepts from How to Take Better Notes in High School and College by Serenity Bogert