There are lots of trick to keep on track at school or in life. Using electronic or paper planners and establishing routines are both helpful. But how can you prevent a disaster before it happens? After all, we all mess up from time to time. We don’t listen; or we look down when we should look up. Then the moment is gone. You’ve missed the information you need. If you’re lucky, your teacher has a website and posts all assignments and deadlines daily. Of course, even if this is the case, there’s always the Murphy’s Law moment. The power goes out. Your computer crashes. You know. You’ve been there.
Smart students, however, protect themselves from whatever can go wrong. In the first couple of days of the new school year, these students ask for contact details from at least three others (not the teacher) in each of their classes. They explain the reason for asking, and exchange numbers. Then, when the worst happens, they’re able to call or text and ask for the missing assignment or due date. As time goes on, they often help each other over the phone.
This is a simple, but valuable routine to establish. Who knows, besides being helpful when you need information, you might make a new friend.
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