1. No foundational skills. (If you struggle, ask questions early. You'd be surprised how fast you can get into a hole--and how easy it is to catch up if you get help early.)
2. Students not coming with the required/necessary tools (homework, calculator, notes, etc.). These are here to help you. You only make your life harder if you don't bring them.
3. No organizational skills. You'd be surprised how many kids lose credit on assignments they did simply because they lose the papers. Try setting up a folder or binder for every class. If a paper is hole punched, put it on the rings of the binder (if not, hole punch it and put it in the rings). Decide one place where you will write your homework for all your classes, then consult it daily to make sure you didn't forget anything.
Three Simple Tips to Help Students Start the Year Strong
1. Start off with a planner and necessary tools for each class. The teacher's syllabus on the first day of school will tell you what you need.
2. Come to school prepared.
3. Make good use of your time at school and at home. It's easy to relax and you'll always be motivated to do so if you have the chance. So, commit to push through until everything is done, and then relax. If you try to goof off first and then do your work at the last minute, it will be harder to motivate yourself to work.