Be A Great Student Again

You have enjoyed the lazy days of summer and are facing the thought of going back to school. The idea of waking up early, sitting through school all day and then coming home to do homework may seem like the last thing you want to do. So how are you supposed to motivate yourself to go back to school and be a great student again?

For younger students, getting a new backpack may be motivation enough. Older students may want to see their friends again.  Perhaps you just want school to start so you can “get it over with.”

Whatever your motivation for school, English Teacher Online has some useful tips to help you stay positive, focused and happy.

What Makes A Great Student?

Great students have 2 things in common. They show respect to others and they get good grades.

That’s about all you need to do at school, so let’s break it down and help you get it right!

How To Get Good Grades

Effort: A+ grades are not easy to get and there are no short cuts. Working hard is the only thing YOU are in control of so please motivate yourself to work hard from day 1. Don’t get sad if all your grades aren’t A’s. Work hard and make sure your EFFORT = A.

Listen to the teachers: Let the directions and information flow into your brain. Help your friends stay focused and save your questions for the right time.

Don’t complain because it gets you nowhere: This is your only chance to do [Grade 5] so put all your effort into creating positive energy and working hard. Forget all the negatives – or talk them through in the best way with the right people!

Study for tests from day 1: Everything we do is to help you be prepared for the tests. If you get 10 spelling words on Friday (7 days before a quiz) practice them for 10 minutes every day. Learn 3-5 new words each day, or whatever works best for you. Start early and be ready to review the more difficult vocabulary words closer to test time.

Find a study partner: Test your friends at lunch or during free time. “Friends help friends,” is one of the best life lessons you will learn at school. Look at how your teachers work together too!

Catch-Up: If you are sick, then ask your teacher for the missing assignment. Use your homeroom time wisely – go see the teacher if you need extra help.

Get Ahead: If you know you are going to miss school for any reason, ask your teacher for the work before you go! Sometimes parents take students out of school, but we all know you’ll have time to do the work even if you’re absent.

Respect Your Teachers, Parents and Fellow Students

Do your best at everything: Teachers, parents and friends will trust you more if you always try your best.

Be nice: Nobody likes rude, know-it-all people. There’s always a “good side” to everything so stay positive. Good actions attract good responses and good friends. If you aren’t nice to others, then don’t be surprised if bad things happen!

Manners: Closing a door in someone’s face is rude and shows bad manners. Friendly students with good manners tend to make more friends and get more help with team projects. Teachers like polite students with good and helpful manners too. Remember to hold open doors and offer to help carry teachers’ stuff. Even your behaviour is worth a point or two, so showing good manners can sometimes be the difference between an A- and an A.

Don’t swear: Adults should NOT swear in front of children and visa-versa. There are bad words in every language and kids often think they sound cool when they swear. Swearing makes you sound foolish, so please choose better words to express how you feel.

Insecurity: Many students feel that life is out of their control. Do you feel different and is that why you sometimes act in the wrong way? Please ask for help. Teachers want you to be in control of yourself. We want you to enjoy school and be a great student.

Stay positive: Remember that everyone believes in you. We want you to succeed so please ask for help, stay positive and work hard. This is going to be a great year.

Please ask a question, leave a comment or email Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org if you have an issue that is too personal for the comment section.

If you want to get ready for your new English class, you can review some useful English phrases here.

Author: Teacher Steve

Teacher Steve is 52 years old, happily married but has no children of his own. He's a fully qualified teacher who has been teaching English in sunny Thailand for over 15 years. Teacher Steve loves to write and decided to start English Teacher Online, in December 2016, to help students study English for free. He works tirelessly so that students can become fluent in English, empowering them to work and travel the world. You can also watch him teaching live at

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