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WINSTON JONES HIGH SCHOOL

HOW TO BE A GOOD
STUDENT
A practical guide to assist you in
maximizing your learning opportunities.
Compiled by Mr. G. Dunn

Good students have certain key traits that make them what they are. Chief among
them are academic resilience, attending classes, time management, exam
preparation, thinks critically, behaves and participates in class.
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He/She is also willing to participate in class and be involved in things that will help propel their learning outside of the classroom. 4. They work hard but still are involved in extra activities like dance sports volunteer work. They do their homework on time and don't cheat. A good student wants to learn. 2. A good student should be a student that can balance school with a social life. They make time for socializing in order to counter the stress that comes from all their classes. A student should also apply themselves to the homework and the activities shown in class to daily life. A good student is well rounded and tries to make time studying and social activities. The student is willing to study independently and ask for assistance when necessary. 8. They set up a study schedule so that there studying does not get interrupted by other things. 7. . A good student is self-motivated independent and focused. Self-motivation and enthusiasm are key because with these characteristics they can focus on their own educational goals. They want to go to class to learn what the teacher provides for them.How to Be a Better Student 1. They want to develop into a better writer or get better at math. A good student also makes time for their interests because I believe if a student does things that they like it will be easier for them to be successful because they won’t feel so stressed all the time. Good students listen in class and don't talk to others when they're not supposed to. They take the information learned in class and apply it to the the real world. A good student is responsible for their own learning as well as keeping time management skills. A good student is always willing and ready to learn. 3. The characteristics of a good student include the drive to achieve their goals in life academically. Also they go to class everyday on time prepared to learn. 6. At the same time the student should know when to buckle down and focus on work. A good student wants to learn is excited about what they are doing. A good student is not necessarily a student that studies hard and gets the best grades. 5.

attends class is #1 B. But psychologists and teachers are increasingly realizing how central a child's personality is to academic success. Academic resilience refers to a student's willingness to persevere at academic tasks even when they are frustrated. Along with communicating with other students and resources available to them. an aspect of personality called academic resilience may be key to your tween's success in school. What is Academic Resilience? Academic resilience is a more specific version of the larger concept of resilience. Why? Exposure to material. does not just parrot what the teacher says.9. attentive and trying to learn. uses critical thinking and reflection to get well-honed answers. participates in class. Which includes being academically involved by doing home work readings and staying on top of all the work along with asking questions that he/she may have. The student must be willing to do their own part at SCHOOL. behaves and follows rules in class. F. In particular. and contextual factors like the child's school and teachers are important. G. But most students in any given classroom have average . Still. some students stand out more than others. In other words. parental involvement. does all the homework on time assists other students D. no matter what faces them. getting better grades and grasping material more deeply. C. ACADEMIC RESILIENCE What characteristics separate a good student from a mediocre student? To best answer this question. A good student also: A. Characteristics of a Good Student A good student usually demonstrates a number of characteristics.and similar abilities. In-born characteristics like intelligence and cognitive skills do play a role. a child must be able to learn in order to achieve academic achievement. H. E. we need to look at the students' personality more than at their in-born abilities. does extra research to learn more about the topic beyond what is assigned. academically resilient children do not give up. .

you can promote academic resilience in your child and help him become a good student by encouraging him or her to not give up when hard times arise. he and Tory are equally skilled . Washburn. but that is where their knowledge begins and ends.but rather occurs because he has greater fortitude to learn the skill. he may simply give up trying. For one thing. Therefore. How can it not be? If we knew it all already. Characteristics of a Successful Student Many students new to college do not know what it takes to be successful in the college environment. The following is a list of some characteristics of good students. By watching you be persistent.An Example of Differences in Academic Resilience Let's say that 10-year-olds Roger and Tory have nearly identical math skill sets and intellectual aptitude. but it will probably take him much longer.. Most instructors know what a good student is . or mastering a new computer operating system at home or at work. Roger will be more likely to get strong grades and to be considered a "good student" than Tory. Roger's success at the math skill is not based on some innate "intelligence" or "talent" with math . having a personality that is more likely to plow on despite frustrations . When their teacher introduces a challenging new type of math problem. whatever it takes.and is not. Using the previous example. Erin K. and they sense that they should attend classes. & Liew. Tory may eventually master the new skill. Source: McTigue. This list is a description of what a hard-working student does and what a teacher likes to see. being academically resilient . Let your child be an active part of your journey through frustration to mastery. . How you can Support Characteristics of a Good Student in Your child's While personality is partially in-born. however. it can be greatly influenced by experience. Jeffrey. though. we would not be "learning"! Therefore. 2009. They understand good and bad grades in a general way.is a major factor in academic success and in helping a child become a good student. The Reading Teacher. Roger.like trying to find an error in your check register. Why Does Academic Resilience Matter? Learning anything is an inherently frustrating process. they'll be more likely to act the same way themselves. as academic challenges increase in later grades. they probably both experience frustration and make similar errors. Roger is much more likely than Tory to fight to master the new math skill. You can also model academically resilient behavior by demonstrating how you do not give up when you face intellectual challenges . you may better understand the day-to-day and class-to-class behavior of successful students.that is. As a result. a good student is not necessarily the most intelligent individual in the class. has high academic resilience while Tory has low academic resilience. In addition.. By learning these characteristics. 62: 422-432.as we said. Due to his personality. Erin M. Academic Resilience and Reading: Building Successful Readers.

and upcoming tests. successful student. 4. comments on their papers. they feel obligated to let the instructor know why before class begins. Successful students end up at their instructor's office door at least once during the semester. Successful students turn in assignments that look neat and sharp. They make sure they get all missed assignments (by contacting the instructor or another student). read. Successful students take responsibility for themselves and their actions. if possible. They are on time. They demonstrate that they care about their grades and are willing to work to improve them. Successful students take advantage of extra credit opportunities when offered. They take the time to produce a final product that looks good. If they miss a session. They ask questions that the instructor knows many other students may also have. and their excuses are legitimate and reasonable. All work and assignments are turned in. 3. Successful students are attentive in class. Successful students see their instructors before or after class or during office hours about grades.The idea is to provide you with guidelines you can follow which will help you get down to the business of becoming a serious. They often do the optional (and frequently challenging) assignments that many students avoid. 2. They'll go out of their way to find the instructor and engage in meaningful conversation. and reflects of a care and pride in their work. 1. or stare out windows. In other words. These students demonstrate to the instructor that they are active participants in the learning process and that they take the job of being a student seriously. even if they get a little bored. 5. Successful students attend classes regularly. they are polite and respectful. Successful students seem driven to complete their assignments. even if some of their responses are not brilliant. They listen and train themselves to pay attention. and understand specifically what was covered in class. They also participate in class even if their attempts are a bit clumsy and difficult. . They don't talk.