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BOOSTERS

Self Belief

Self-belief is your belief and confidence in your ability to understand or to do well in your schoolwork, to meet challenges you face, and to perform to the best of your ability. If you have a positive self-belief you tend to do difficult schoolwork confidently, feel optimistic, try hard, and enjoy school.

Motto

  • You are better than you think.

Bible Verse

  • "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

How to Strengthen

  • Become more aware of negative thoughts you may have about yourself or events in your life, take time to look for evidence that challenges these negative thoughts, and develop more positive ways to think about things using this challenging evidence
  • Recognise all your successes as you do your schoolwork. For example, break homework, an assignment or a project into smaller parts and be pleased with yourself for completing each part
  • Recognise improvements you make, trying not to focus on your shortcomings. If you do not do so well, focus on how you can learn from that to improve
  • Learn how to recognize your talents – yes, everyone has talents – and learn how to use them to your advantage

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Valuing School

Valuing school is how much you believe what you learn at school is useful, important, and relevant to you or to the world in general. If you value school you tend to be interested in what you learn, persist when schoolwork gets difficult, and enjoy school

Motto

  • "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandella

Bible Verse

  • "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7)

How to Strengthen

  • Look for links between what you learn at school and world events. For example, ask yourself how what you learn is related to politics or developments in science and technology or religion
  • Look for links between what you learn at school and how it can be used in other parts of your life. For example, ask yourself how what you learn can be used in your hobby or to fix something at home
  • Look for links between what you learn at school and your interests. For example, ask yourself how what you learn is related to the latest release films, computer games, the Internet, or music
  • Think about what you learn at school and how it could be useful for what you might do after you leave school
  • Understand that you learn more than just facts at school. You also learn how to think and to analyze and this will help you in many parts of your life such as solving problems, making major decisions, and dealing with personal issues

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Learning Focus

Learning focus is being focused on learning, solving problems, and developing skills. The goal of a learning focus is to be the best student you can be. If you are learning focused you tend to enjoy learning, do a good job for its own satisfaction and not just for rewards, and enjoy challenges.

Motto

  • "Know Your Mission." Ronnie White

Bible Verse

  • "In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:6)

How to Strengthen

  • Focus more on doing your best and less on comparing yourself with other students in the class
  • Try to improve in your schoolwork by competing with your own previous performance rather than competing with other students – that is, aim for Personal Bests (PBs) in your schoolwork
  • See success as how much you improve and what progress you make rather than how many students you beat

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Planning

Planning is how much you plan your homework, projects, schoolwork and study – and how much you keep track of your progress as you are doing them. If you plan your schoolwork you tend to feel in control of your schoolwork, persist at challenging schoolwork, and make good use of your time and your abilities.

Motto

  • If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.

Bible Verse

  • "I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life." (Psalm 143:8)

How to Strengthen

  • Break homework, assignments and projects into parts, outline what you need to do for each part, and carefully think about how to do each part
  • Understand what you have been asked to do in tests and assignments. For example, be very clear on what key words (eg. compare, analyze, discuss, justify, summarize etc.) mean
  • Frequently return to the project requirements or test question as you are answering it to make sure you are on track, double check your answers, read questions carefully, re-read your answers

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Task Management

Task management is the way you use your time, organize your schoolwork and homework timetable, and choose and arrange where you do your schoolwork and homework. If you manage your schoolwork you tend to do it in places where you can concentrate, use your time well, and plan and stick to a timetable.

Motto

  • Being organised is being in control.

Bible Verse

  • "All things should be done decently and in order." (1 Corinthians 14:40)

How to Strengthen

  • Keep a record of what you do with your time in a week. Record details about where you do your schoolwork, with whom, at what times, and under what conditions
  • Identify when and where you work best and work under these conditions more often
  • Draw up a timetable for when, what, and where you will do your homework. Make sure it is realistic. If the timetable is too difficult you are less likely to stick to it and if it is too easy it may not be very helpful
  • Reward yourself for keeping to your timetable. For example, after completing a homework session, you might listen to some music, watch a favorite television show, call a friend, or surf the Internet for a while

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Persistence

Persistence is how much you keep trying to work out an answer or to understand a problem even when that problem is difficult or is challenging. If you are persistent you tend to achieve what you set out to do, are more motivated to succeed, and are good at problem solving.

Motto

  • "Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint." Angela Duckworth
  • "Via Crucis, Via Lucis" - SACS motto The way of the cross is the way of light.

Bible Verse

  • "The way is hard that leads to life." (Matthew 7:14)

How to Strengthen

  • Be clear as to what you want to achieve in an assignment or a test and why you want to achieve it. This is called goal-setting. Goal-setting increases your persistence
  • Think carefully about what it is you will need to do to achieve your goal. This involves breaking tasks into smaller parts (chunking). For example, for an assignment you may want to think about the books you can read, where you can get more information, and how you can present your work
  • Remember to set goals that are:
    • Achievable (they should match your age and ability);
    • Believable (you must believe that you can reach them);
    • Clear (you must be able to clearly say what they are);
    • Desirable (you must choose goals that you want to reach)
  • Think carefully about what difficulties you may have in achieving your goal and how you can overcome those difficulties. For example, there may not be many books in your library about your assignment topic so you will need to go to another library and also surf the Internet
  • Think about times before that you’ve overcome challenge or obstacles to success and what you did or thought that helped you overcome them

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GUZZLERS

Anxiety

Anxiety has two parts: feeling nervous and worrying. Feeling nervous is the uneasy or sick feeling you get when you think about your schoolwork, assignments, or tests. Worrying is your fear about not doing very well in your schoolwork, assignments, or tests. If you are too anxious you tend to have difficulty concentrating, paying attention, and remembering things.

Motto

  • I can and I will.

Bible Verse

  • "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:33-34)

How to Strengthen

  • Learn to recognize the signs of anxiety. Some include feeling nervous, feeling sick in the stomach, having a racing heart, and worrying about failing
  • Learn some relaxation techniques that work for you. For example, practice deep breathing, gradually relax your muscles, and visualize entering the test room, looking at the test paper, and so on. There are some good books on relaxation
  • Learn some practical ways to deal with what is making you anxious. This might include planning a study timetable, spending more time studying, starting assignments early, or not leaving assignments until the last minute
  • Focus on actually doing the assignment or test question and not on thinking whether you might fail it
  • Practice working under test conditions at home
  • Develop strategies for tests. For example, focus only on one question. If you do not know the answer to that question, move on to another question and go back to the difficult question at the end.

Resources

Websites to provide information and help regarding stress, anxiety and depression:

Apps and online programs to help improve wellbeing:

Failure Avoidance

You are failure avoidant when you do your schoolwork mainly to avoid failure (rather than to aim for success or improvement) or to avoid people’s disapproval or disappointment. If you are failure avoidant, you tend to fear failure, feel pessimistic, and feel anxious when thinking about or doing your schoolwork.

Motto

  • "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky

Bible Verse

  • "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" (Matthew 19:26)

How to Strengthen

  • Focus on achieving personal bests and improving more than trying to avoid doing poorly or to avoid the disapproval of others
  • Recognize that your mistakes tell you where you went wrong and what areas you can improve. Mistakes can be the launch pad for your next success
  • Understand that with hard and careful work you can achieve personal bests and not be so worried about doing poorly
  • Be proud of yourself when you do best and try your hardest no matter what your mark is or what people say or think about your results

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Uncertain Control

You are uncertain in control when you are unsure about how to do well or how to avoid doing poorly. If you are uncertain in control you can feel somewhat helpless when doing your schoolwork, fear failure, and have negative thoughts about your schoolwork.

Motto

  • "Whether you say you can or you can’t, you’re right." Walt Disney

Bible Verse

  • "And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Luke 11:9)

How to Strengthen

  • Recognize the aspects of your schoolwork that you can control and focus on these. Aspects of schoolwork that you can control include: how hard you work, the way you do your schoolwork, your attitude about yourself and your schoolwork, your study conditions and study area
  • Recognize that you may not always do as well as you would like but understand that hard work and doing your schoolwork carefully are the ingredients for doing better more often
  • Do regular revision and homework. Some homework every day builds control and success

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Self Sabotage

Self-sabotage is doing things that reduce your success at school. Examples are putting off doing an assignment or wasting time while you are meant to be studying for a test. Sometimes you may use these things as an excuse for not doing so well. If you self-sabotage you tend not to make the most of your ability, do not feel so good about being at school, and tend not to achieve as highly as you are able.

Motto

  • "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today." Thomas Jefferson.

Bible Verse

  • "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

How to Strengthen

  • Make a list of subjects in which you think you self-sabotage. How do you think and feel about these subjects?
    • If you find them too competitive, read the section on "Learning Focus"
    • If you feel very anxious when you study for them, read the section on "Anxiety"
    • If you think that no matter how hard you try you cannot do well in them, read the section on "Uncertain Control"
    • If you are frightened of failing them, read the section on "Failure Avoidance"
  • Understand that your worth as a person does not depend on the mark you get. What counts are doing your best and working hard
  • Recognize that your mistakes tell you where you went wrong and what areas you can improve. Mistakes can be the launch pad for your next success
  • Try to focus on doing the best you can and improving on previous marks and try not to focus on your shortcomings or how you compare with others.

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Disengagement

Disengagement is where you feel like giving up in particular school subjects or school generally. Students who score highly in disengagement are more likely to believe there is little they can do to avoid failure or to repeat or attain success. Disengaged students are less likely to be interested in school or schoolwork.

Motto

  • "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" Mary Anne Radmacher

Bible Verse

  • "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:14)

How to Strengthen

  • Understand that you are not helpless. You control how much schoolwork you do, the quality of that schoolwork, who you work with, and what you focus on
  • Try to see things in terms of smaller shifts – small positive changes in your life (eg. doing an extra 15 minutes of homework each weeknight) can be examples of success
  • Try to ‘glimpse’ good things that happen in your school life – that is, recognize some of the OK things about school or your schoolwork (eg. a nice comment from a teacher) and tell yourself that if it happens once it can happen again
  • Don’t lose hope – through the above steps and other exercises in these Tip Sheets you can make some positive shifts in your life. You are not stuck where you are if you want to turn things around
  • Identify someone who can help and encourage you – when you ask for help or advice you are no longer on your own. This could be a teacher, parent, counselor, an older student, or a friend who can provide some good help with your schoolwork and how you are thinking and feeling about things.

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