7 foods that make you smarter!
While no program can guarantee a spot on the honour roll, following the steps that appear on this page will help improve your learning and very possibly raise your academic standing. I will be adding steps as time goes on, but feel free to come see me if you are curious about reading the entire program early.

Step One: Believe in Yourself
In order to succeed, you have to believe in yourself and your abilities. Whether you’re an athlete preparing for a competition or a student tackling a difficult subject, it’s important that you believe in yourself. You need to recognize the talents and abilities that you possess, and you must know, and believe, that you can succeed. To start this process, make a list of your courses and write down the highest grade you think you can earn before the next report card. Think of these grades as your academic goals for this grading period. Now,
Believe in yourself and believe that you can achieve these goals!

Step Two: Be Organized

If you’re organized, you have what you need, when you need it. This section will give you several ideas on how to get organized. You, of course, must decide what’s going to work best for you.
Use an assignment notebook. Write your assignments for each day on a separate date – use the date the assignment is due (an agenda is perfect for this). When you are given a large assignment, use your assignment book to break the work down into smaller parts. (ex. For an essay, it might mean getting resources on Jan. 10, writing the outline on Jan. 11, writing the rough draft on Jan.12 and writing the final draft on Jan. 13).
Use 3-ring binders for class notes. Binders work well since you can easily add hand-outs and if you miss a class you can copy someone else’s notes and put them in the correct spot.
Use dividers in the binder. Keeping current assignments, old quizzes, tests, notes, etc. separate and organized comes in handy for big tests and the final exam.
Have phone numbers for reliable classmates. Make sure you have a contact person in each class – if you’re absent they are the one to call to find out what you’ve missed or to ask if you need help.
Keep your locker neat. (self-explanatory)
Get organized at the end of the day (before bed). Put completed homework in the correct binder section, put everything you need for the next day in its place (so nothing gets forgotten in the morning rush) and leave yourself a stickie note if you need it.

Step Three: Manage Your Time Well

With good time management, you have time for the things you have to do, and you still have time for the things you want to do.
Use class time and study hall. Always use the time teachers give you in class to start on your homework, ask questions, or to get help.
Create your own study plan. Some students study best at night; others study best earlier in the day. Most also have other activities that they have to work around.
Prepare for sabotage. Identify anything that could interrupt or ruin your study plan, and then figure out how to eliminate or avoid it.

Step Four: Be Successful in the Classroom

Be in school, on time, every day.

When you are away you miss lectures, notes, discussions, assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. Unless you have a chronic illness you should not miss more than five or six days a year!

Learn how to adapt to different teachers.

Part of your education is adapting to different rules, expectations and teaching styles – get to know your teachers!

Be prepared for each class.

Have your books, paper, pencils, etc with you when you go to class. You also need to have all of your homework done. When you are done your homework, you get more out of the class, the lecture/notes make more sense, and you can participate in the class discussion. Being prepared also means that you come to class ready to learn!

Sit in the front if possible.

Be aware of your body language.

Always do your homework. Don’t look at homework as something you should do, look at it as something you must do.

Participate in class.

Be a good group member.

The number one reason people get fired in their jobs is because they can’t get along with the people they work with!

Step Five: Take Good Notes

Step Six: Know How to Read a Textbook

Step Seven: Study Smart

Step Eight: Use Test Taking Strategies

Step Nine: Reduce Test Anxiety

Step Ten: Get Help When You Need It

Bonus Section: Tips for Parents

Your children need you to be interested and involved in their academic progress. You children must, however, be responsible for their own grades, attendance and behavior.

Be interested. Make sure that your child knows that their academic progress is important to you. Attend parent-teacher evenings. Make sure you see your child’s report card as soon as it comes out.
Discuss classes and set goals. Sit down with your child and discuss expectations and help set goals for your child to work towards. Throughout the term, recognize effort and improvement and be sure to acknowledge each academic success, even if it’s just a good mark on a small quiz or assignment. At report card time you will need to decide if a consequence (good or bad) is warranted. Rewards are particularly helpful in working with behaviour, attendance and effort, but please don’t take away a positive activity (sports, school activities, music lessons, etc.) as a consequence.
Be available to help. (but don’t give more help than they really need).
Encourage Involvement. Students who are involved in school-related activities enjoy school more and they have greater academic success. School is like a bank account, the more they put into it, the more interest they gain and the more they get out of it.
Monitor activities and jobs. Make sure your child isn’t spending too much time watching TV, on the internet, Xbox, or working too many hours at a job.
Important “don’ts”.
· Don’t nag about marks (your child will tune you out).
· Don’t allow your child to miss school unless they are truly ill.
· Don’t make your child’s successes or failures your own.
· Don’t have unreasonable expectations.

Work with the school. If there is something going on that will affect your child's performance, behaviour or attendance, the school needs to know so they can work with you to maximize their success. We all have their best interests in mind.