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Dear Dish-It: Back To School Advice

Aug 28, 2013
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Lots of you have been sending Dish-It questions about school. With kids everywhere back in school, it seems like the perfect time to answer some of those messages. Take a look below to see if your back-to-school question has been answered …

How do you get good grades?

– poohbearof2014

Well, it takes hard work to get good grades. Even people who seem to be naturally “smart” have to work hard, study and review in order to do their best in school. Here are some suggestions, though. When you get homework assigned to you, don’t put it off until the last minute. Start on it right away, even if it takes you a few days or weeks to complete. When you find out about a test, start studying that very same day! Every person studies differently, so you’ll have to try a few different methods – like reading over your notes or copying them out again neatly, making flashcards or studying with a friend – to see what works best for you. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions – in class (to your teacher) or at home (to your parents). If you don’t understand something, don’t let it pass you by. Get the answers you need and you’ll do much better in the long run.

How do you avoid a bully?

– courtneyb

Over the years Kidzworld has posted tons of great articles about bullies, bullying, being bullied, etc. Follow the links below to get important information, tips and advice about this topic:What Is Bullying?

How do I stop being a teacher's pet?

I’d never advise you to be someone you aren’t, but if you want to show people there’s a lot more to your personality than just being good at school, maybe you could show your friends you know how to have fun and go out on a limb every now and then? You could also start sitting back in class and letting other people answer some questions once in a while. I’m not saying you should make yourself look dumb; rather, letting other people have the attention once in a while will give you more space to step out of the “teacher’s pet” spotlight. Get out there with your friends and enjoy yourself and people will forget about the other stuff. Remember, it’s not about being someone you’re not, but about showing people the many sides of you.

I am about to start a new school. I have been to many schools in the past but there’s a catch: this time, I’m moving to a different state. I'm really worried about how my new school is gonna be. Please help! – inayc123

I don’t think going to a new school in a different state is going to be any different than changing schools in the same state. It’s always a new environment, new classmates, new teachers. I think you should just do whatever you did the last time you changed schools to cope with this move. Some other tips for making the transition easier include: take a tour of your new school before the first day of class; make sure you’re ready for the first day of school in advance (you don’t want to be stressing out about what to bring or wear on the morning of your first day); get to bed on time the night before your first day and eat a good breakfast on the morning of your first day; and be brave!

I’m scared for Grade 7! I don’t know how to get over my fear!

This is something you need to experience yourself, but I can promise you that you’re not the only one who’s nervous. Also, it’s a feeling that goes away really quickly. Here’s some info about the first day of school that may help:

  • Pay close attention to what your teachers have to say about classroom rules
  • The first day is a great time to make new friends – say hi to the kids you know and introduce yourself to the ones you don’t
  • If you get to choose desks, write down where your seat is so you don’t forget
  • Wear your favorite outfit to put a spring in your step and show off your personal style
  • Make sure you’re ready and have all the supplies you’ll need
  • Take a bit of money with you just in case
  • Pack your backpack the night before to prevent morning panic
  • Write notes to yourself throughout the day to remember where your classes are and what your schedule is like
  • Give yourself time to get adjusted to school – it may take more than one day and that’s OK
  • Get plenty of sleep the night before
  • Eat a healthy breakfast before you leave for school
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Jelly3

Jelly3 wrote:

Good advice. I'm in 8th grade.
commented: Sat Oct 12, 2013

Jamanda

Jamanda wrote:

I'm in 7th grade!
commented: Sun Oct 06, 2013

dorkgirl41

dorkgirl41 wrote:

great advice
commented: Wed Sep 04, 2013

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This is really true and sad... Many teens, have a problem with this because of society. This post helps. I have had problem with suicide and bullying. Ive felt like I should just end it because I have no point to be here because I'm being told I'm worthless, to fat, to dumb, not pretty enough, all tons of lies and i got to the point that i believe them. I'm an outsider in my school. It fells like a lot of people leave me.  I fell pain a lot. and There is bullying going on in my school. Life fell mean less a lot. I have to remind myself that I do have a point and that people do love me.  I know know I do have a reason to live and so do you guys so  Don't ruin you're life. You're to young.  You're to worthy. The bully are just jealous of you. Don't self harm tonight. Don't comment suicide. You all are worth A lot I promise. People love you. Don't worry about hatters. The hatter are gonna hate but lovers are there to help you trough the pain and if you did comment suicide imagine how they'd fell. Thanks for posting this it really helped me and really could've saved a life:) :) Bullies are just having problems themselves remember that!!!! Stay strong everyone!!!
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"supernaturalblackcat" wrote:I know i have depession and i have been to the doctor for it. It's starting to get to that point again for the 3rd time this year that i want to be alone. It feels like no one cares about me at school. I really can't trust anybody either. I started to quit eating at home and at school only eating snacks every now and then. I am also losing Weight. I used to get called fat and i wasn't even fat. I have been abused by people who say my butt is smexy and huge and it's not. I have even been slapped on by them. I tell my mom and dad that i've been called fat and my dad ignore's me and continues whatever he's doing. I'm getting to the point again where i'm losing my temper and emotions right on the spot. I can't be bipolar cause it has to run in the family and my mom says i don't have it. People get mad at me when i don't laugh at their jokes when they expect me too cause i really don't listen. But when i say something funny they roll their eyes and give me mean looks. I don't even want to be around people that much. I just want to be outside in the fresh air during school but it's high school so their's no outside time. I also fake smile's at people to make them happy. But i just hurt on the inside. I just want advice.  Hi there. I'm sure you have people who care about you at school, just sometimes it's hard to see it. Dear, you have to eat. I assure you, you're not fat. (smexy isn't necessarily a bad thing)  You have to understand, that people say things just because they can, or to make themselves feel better. Never give them that opportunity, just ignore them. When you're about to lose your temper, think of something that makes you really happy.  If you need someone to talk to, you have your guidance consular, trust me I have social anxiety, and reallly hate talking about my problems, I find it easier for me, to message them. It's their job to listen, but not only that, they really care for all of their students. Talking helps, believe me.
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