#1 Time Management - Get your free time under control, consider using a daily planner and avoid over-extending yourself. #2 Good Study Habits - Be prepared for class and attend regularly, complete your assignments and turn them in on time, review your notes and/or planner daily, set aside quiet time for studying or just to have a few minutes to yourself.
#3 Set Goals - Goals provide focus, should be attainable and revisited often.
#4 Concentration - Listen to your teacher and stay focused. Ask questions when you don't understand.
#5 Good Note-Taking - You won't be able to write down everything your teachers say but jot down the important points. Read, re-read re-write your notes. The mechanics of writing information down helps your mind remember.
#6 Completion of Assignments - Homework and other class work can often seem like busy work. However, it has a purpose so put the time in and do it well.
#7 Review Daily Notes - Don't wait until the night before a test to study. Look over your notes daily and work with a friend or study partner to make sure you're not missing important information.
#8 Organization Skills - Staying organized saves time. As you get older and progress through high school and beyond, the more commitments, obligations and activities you'll be involved in. Keep important items in a specific location. Each night before bed, gather and set out items that you'll need for the next day.
#9 Motivation - In particular, classes that you don't like will require self-motivation. Most high school classes are required for graduation. Saddle up, focus and get through it.
#10 Commitment - You may have heard the saying, "Anything worth doing, is worth doing well." The habits that you're forming during your school years with carry with you into college, career and beyond. Commit to doing your best at all times!