Keys To Academic Success

Listen effectively and courteously for ideas and information. Ask questions to obtain and interpret information. Read and view with understanding for educational purposes and enjoyment.

  • Select reading and viewing material appropriate for the purpose.
  • Read a variety of material critically (magazines, newspapers, textbooks).
  • View a variety of materials critically (television, videos, films, live performances).


Speak clearly, correctly and confidently in formal and informal contexts.

  • Create and deliver a short speech or oral presentation.


Write clearly, correctly and forcefully.

  • Write good sentences, paragraphs and longer works.
  • Use the writing process to generate ideas, plan, compose and edit work.
  • Use correct spelling and punctuation.


Enlarge vocabulary.

  • Use and understand precise, evocative language.
  • Use and understand subject-specific terminology.


Use varied means of communicating information and ideas, such as:

  • Visual organizers (charts, maps, graphs, timelines and diagrams)
  • Art, movement, music, dramatizations.
  • Technology (computers, audio-visual equipment).

Thinking Skills

Analyze material.

  • Define key terms.
  • Compare: recognize, explain and find patterns of similarities and differences.
  • Find and state the main idea expressed in verbal or visual material.
  • Recognize form, elements, patterns, and structures in different subjects.
  • Distinguish fact from opinion, and recognize bias.
  • Reflect on what is learned.
  • Seek connections between areas of knowledge.


Evaluate material on the basis of quality, credibility, worth, importance, or practicality. Formulate and support a point of view.

  • Make reasoned inferences (e.g. generalizations, conclusions) and explain the process used to arrive at them.


Make reasoned decisions which consider many factors and their implications. Solve problems individually, in pairs, and in groups.

  • State problems clearly.
  • Use symbols to represent information.
  • Be familiar with formulae and procedures useful for solving specific types of problems.
  • Consider and try out different strategies.


Produce creative, original work using the techniques appropriate to each subject. Apply learning to relevant new situations.


Study Skills

Understand and improve how you learn.

  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Set personal goals and identify steps to achieve them.
  • Seek help when necessary.
  • Track progress.


Use time effectively.

  • Record all assignments and other commitments.
  • Set priorities.
  • Schedule time for tasks.
  • Bring necessary equipment.


Understand and absorb information.

  • Be an active learner; participate well in class.
  • Do homework conscientiously as assigned.
  • Keep clear, well-organized notes.
  • Use notes for study and review.
  • Train your memory to retain key facts, definitions, concepts, rules and principles.
  • Use visual organizers to organize and interpret information (charts, maps, graphs, timelines and diagrams).


Do research.

  • Use libraries effectively and efficiently.
  • Be aware of computer databases and use them.
  • Integrate information from a variety of sources for use in the final product.

Social Skills

  • Show respect for the rights, opinions and feelings of others.
  • Show respect for the environment and for property.
  • Participate in all aspects of school life.

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