1. They don’t play games on their iPad
2. They read the textbook at home, highlighting and annotating as they go
- The most successful students open their books to those pages, which are already highlighted and annotated with key vocabulary circled and translated/explained in the margins (see picture above);
- The mid-range students open their textbooks, which look brand new;
- The least successful students do nothing because they weren’t listening;
- The remainder (if any) didn’t bring their book to school.
3. They write neatly and colour-code their notes
4. They have a designated homework diary (or an app)
Successful students always remember to do their homework. They record their homework tasks in their diaries with due dates. Reminders for iOS does this job excellently.
5. They do all their homework on time
6. They pay most attention to their teacher during the lesson
“Students who reviewed their own notes outperformed students who reviewed notes given to them by their lecturer.”
7. They ask questions after class and email their teachers at evenings/weekends with questions regarding the homework
8. They understand that we learn primarily through reading, and that the classroom is just a place to discuss what they’ve read and put it into practice
9. They know when to say, “Sir, I don’t get this!”
“admitting that we don’t know what we’re about to learn is the first step we take when we learn something new”