Turning Over a New Leaf
“I’m not going to be able to do this.” This comment is not uncommon among students as they wrap up one quarter and move into the next. Whether they have struggled in a specific class or in all of their classes, it is easy for them to become discouraged. Some may think they will NEVER be able to do Biology or Algebra II. English is always a struggle with so much writing, and they can never seem to remember the dates in American History. It is often difficult to see past the struggles of the previous quarter and move towards the next.
Seeing the wealth of possibilities that lie within the clean slate of a new quarter can be a challenging task. It sometimes feels as though mistakes or procrastination from the previous quarter will never let go, but it is important to take on an optimistic attitude from the start. There are a few steps that students can take in order to begin taking control of their quarter:
- Ask for help. – It isn’t always easy to ask for help, but many students forget that asking for help is a sign of maturity and independence. The ability to recognize when help is needed is a valuable and important skill. The teachers are here to help!
- Attend your classes. – The teachers offer exciting, engaging, and informative live classes once a week. These classes are important to cover content and practice the skills that you find within the lessons in the classes.
- Talk to your learning coach. – Learning coaches are here to help in many different ways. They have knowledge and resources to share with their students, and they may offer help that is unique to each student.
- Stick to a schedule – Each part in your classes should take approximately two weeks. Take the time and stay on track! This will make the last week of the quarter way less stressful!
One quarter does not dictate how a student will do for the remainder of the school year. Use the resources that are available to you and remember that it is never too late to turn over a new leaf!