Welfare - Homeroom Focus

 

 Homeroom Focus – How can I improve my report?

We are just starting a new semester. It is a good time to reflect on our Semester One Reports. If we don’t learn from our past, how do we improve our future? The old saying, ‘If you keep on doing what you have been doing, you’ll keep on getting what you have been getting’ is very true.

With this in mind go through these questions and see how you can improve your school work, behaviour and, in the end, your results. Remember that you can only change things that are under your control. Don’t blame other students, your classroom, the time of day the subject is positioned on the timetable, your teacher etc.

(i)            How did you rate your overall report?

Excellent                     Very Good                   Satisfactory                 Room for Improvement

(ii)           In which subject/subjects did you achieve your best marks?

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(iii)          Why do you think you performed better in these subjects?

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(iv)          In which subject/subjects did you not do so well?

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(v)           Why did you not do so well? (Remember be honest to yourself)

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(vi)          Which subjects mentioned areas of your behaviour that were positive?

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(vii)        Which subjects mentioned areas of your behaviour that need attention?

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If your reasons for not doing so well in particular subjects have to do with

Behavioural issues in class: there are things you can do to change the situation. If you are sitting near the wrong people (even if they are your friends) MOVE. If they are true friends, they will understand why. You can still sit with them at lunchtime.

Exam preparation: have a look at how you are studying. Did you spend 2-5 minutes on each subject each evening? Did you take enough notes in class? Are you the type of student who best learns by writing things down? Could you use flash cards or another type of memory promoting practice? Your Homeroom or Class Teacher are best equipped to help you in this area. You just need to ask!

Exam preparation: have a look at where and when you are studying. Does your phone or social media distract you? Do you study in a quiet place? Are you studying too late in the night and not getting enough sleep? Does the music you have playing in the background distract you?

Your Organisation: again your teachers can help with this area but AGAIN you have to ask.

REMEMBER: We always have the love and acceptance of God. The best thing about that security is that we are actually freed to love and serve others without having to worry whether we’ll please God. That means you can love and serve your peers and your teacher in class by striving to complete all tasks, sharing resources like time and the teacher’s attention and encouraging others who find the subject challenging or disinteresting. Your Semester Two marks might not change a bit, but if you bring a servant-hearted attitude to class that will surely be noted in your report and in God’s eyes.