It's time for finals, and I'm trying to think of a variety of ways to say, "study". Since different combinations of words work for different kids, I figure if I say it in many ways, one or more may filter through to more kids. Here's what I've said so far:
* Don't let your grades just happen to you. Take charge of your grades.
* You can't expect to play a great game of soccer just by reading about soccer and watching others play; you actually have to practice. Similarly, you can't do well on a math test by just reading over what you or someone else did before on a problem; you actually have to do/practice problems from scratch.
* Study time won't just magically appear out of thin air, you have to allot time and find pockets of time and manage your time.
* Try your best, and that's all you can do. But don't just pay lip service to this phrase, if you dig down deep enough and are honest enough with yourself, did you really put out your best effort?
Hopefully, I can think of a few more to be "rah rah queen" for the next (last) class before they take their finals next week. Eek.