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Back To School – 10 Ways To Get Better Grades

Brookfield, Newtown and New Milford public schools are back in session on the 27th. Danbury and Southbury public schools return on the 28th, Bethel public schools are back the 26th. I am sure I missed someone. And I also reserve the right to have made a mistake and gotten these days wrong. I am pretty sure I am correct, but you may want to double check with your school’s web page.

By the way, did you know that all the CT schools websites are http://www.TOWN-NAME.k12.ct.us? You just substitute town name for your actual town. Or you can just ‘Google’ it. I am really trying to provide a little public service but I am not sure if I am actually helping. Let me know if I messed up a date?

In any case, the main reason I am writing this is to just wish you all a very happy end to the summer. And to also remind you that it is time to start setting new goals. September is ‘Goal Setting For Better Grades’ month at Zandri’s Martial Arts.

We want everyone to kick off the school year on the right foot. So, I have some special back to school tips for helping you improve your grades this year.

10 ways to get better grades.

1. Look at your teacher when they are talking. Remember to focus with your eyes, your mind and your body. These are the 3 rules of concentration and if you follow them, you WILL learn more.

2. Think about what the teacher is saying. Don’t just sit there and listen. You must actively think about what is being said.

3. Sit in a listening position. Remember to sit like a ‘10’. If you sit with good posture, you will feel more awake and ready to learn.

4. Do class work during class time. Do not procrastinate! If you save something for later simply because you do not want to do it now, soon you will have too much on your plate to finish anything.

5. Ask questions when you do not understand. There is no such thing as a stupid question. If you are too nervous to do it during class, write it down and ask the teacher later. But always ask the question. The more you ask, the more you learn.

6. Answer questions during class. Always trying to do this will force you to pay better attention. Even if you aren’t sure if you are correct, try to answer. People who participate this way, learn more.

7. Complete homework accurately and on time. See number 4. Never save for later what should be done now. Take your time and do it right!

8. Study for tests. Even if you think you know your stuff, you still need to study. We can always get better.

9. Ask a parent to quiz you for tests. This is great practice and will help you improve your score by a lot. Not only is this great practice, but this will show your parents just how hard you are trying.

10. Eat breakfast. This sounds weird, but you need your energy and breakfast is the most important meal of the day to energize you. Your brain will thank you.

If you would like a free bookmark with the ’10 ways to get better grades’ on it, make sure to ask an instructor. And if you are not a student at Zandri’s, call and request one. We will gladly mail it out to you.

Now don’t forget to bring us in those progress reports and report cards. If you improve your grades, make the honor roll or get straight A’s, you receive a special star patch for your uniform. How many star patches will you get this year? Let’s set some goals!!!

P.S. – Keep your eyes peeled in the next few days for the new Dr. Robyn video for the word of the Powerful Word of the month for September. It is a good one: ‘Respect’. A prefect word to analyze all month while we transition back into the school year.

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