10 Steps to Success

  •  If at any point during the semester, you find that you are struggling, please refer to the tips below.  Learning is an ACTIVE PROCESS...you MUST take an ACTIVE role!

      

    10 STEPS TO SUCCESS


    1.    TAKE NOTES ON ASSIGNED READING

    • EXPLAIN CONCEPTS IN YOUR OWN WORDS
    • MAKE CONNECTIONS, MAKE READING AN ACTIVE ACTIVITY RATHER THAN A PASSIVE ONE


    2.    DRAW GRAPHS

    • TAKE TIME TO NEATLY DRAW AND PROPERLY LABEL GRAPHS


    3.    SUMMARIZE WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED

    • MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THE BIG PICTURE AS WELL AS THE SUPPORTING DETAILS


    4.    DRAW ALL GRAPHS, COMPLETE WITH PROPER LABELS, UNTIL
          YOU KNOW THEM BY HEART

    • UNDERSTAND WHAT STORY THE GRAPH IS TELLING
    • BE ABLE TO TRANSPOSE WRITTEN RESPONSES INTO GRAPHS AND GRAPHS INTO WELL WRITTEN RESPONSES


    5.    PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE

    • WORK ON PROBLEM SETS
    • DO ADDITIONAL PROBLEMS
    • SOLVE PROBLEMS AS OPPOSED TO GET ANSWERS!!!


    6.    WORK TOGETHER IN SMALL STUDY GROUPS

    • FORCING YOURSELF TO EXPLAIN A CONCEPT IS A GREAT TEST OF TRUE UNDERSTANDING
    • SHARING ANSWERS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. SOLVING PROBLEMS TOGETHER IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED!!!
    • IF YOU FEEL YOU DO NOT SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR GROUP, SPEND MORE TIME STUDYING INDEPENDENTLY BEFORE THE NEXT STUDY SESSION
    • WATCHING OTHERS SOLVE PROBLEMS DOES NOT CONTRIBUTE SIGNIFICANTLY TO YOUR LEARNING


    7.    COMPLETE ASSIGNED READINGS

    • READ PASSAGES AT LEAST TWICE…ONCE FOR GENERAL IDEA AND ONCE FOR MASTERY OF TOPIC


    8.    TAKE NOTES IN CLASS

    • BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN LECTURES AND DISCUSSIONS
    • FORCE YOURSELF TO INTERACT WITH CLASS MATERIAL
    • LISTEN, PROCESS, APPLY, QUESTION


    9.    ASK QUESTIONS IN CLASS ABOUT THE READINGS, HOMEWORK, AND
           LECTURES/ACTIVITIES

    • THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR OWN LEARNING


    10.    SCHEDULE TIME BEFORE SCHOOL, DURING FLEX OR AFTER SCHOOL
            FOR EXTRA HELP

    • DO NOT HESITATE TO COME IN FOR ANY DEGREE OF HELP NEEDED.
    • THE PERCEPTION IS ONLY POORLY PERFORMING STUDENTS NEED EXTRA HELP…MORE OFTEN THAN NOT IT IS HIGHLY MOTIVATED SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS THAT COME IN FOR ENRICHMENT AND MASTERY


    The above is compiled from the Princeton Review’s  “Cracking the AP Economics Macro and Micro Advanced Placement Exam”.
    David Anderson, Ph.D. Copyright c 2000 by Princeton Review Publishing, L.L.C.