5
Feb

Can Improving Your Appearance and Behavior Improve your Grades?

Can you tell a good student by the way they look?  I bet you can in some respects.  Top students tend to associate with each other.  Teachers and professors notice this as well.  Knowing this, how do you want to come across when your assignments are being graded?  People should not judge you by the way you look.  Fortunately for you, you know they do and will.

What could you do to improve your image at school in regards to who you associate with?  Do you have any friends that may be holding you back, either directly or indirectly?  If so, do you think your friendship is worth the negative impact on your grades and your future?   Take 5 minutes to write down the answers to these questions.

What could you do to improve your image at school in regards to how you dress?  Do you think that some students are seen by teachers and their peers as less intelligent due to how they dress?  Do you think some students are seen as smarter by how they dress?  Take 5 minutes to write down the answers to these questions.

One day before class starts stand up where your teacher lectures.  See if you can get some friends to sit down in the classroom to help you in your observations.  Look at the classroom where the seats are.  If you are able to choose your seat, which seat do you think is the best for projecting the image that you are there to pay attention, learn, and generally do a good job.  Are these seats generally the first or the last to be chosen by students?  What type of students tends to choose these seats?  Take 5 minutes to write down the answers to these questions.

Classroom Behavior

Classroom behavior is also very important and it is a reflection of your attitude and appearance.  Take some time and observe the differences in classroom behavior between the top and bottom students in your next class.  What differences do you notice?  Do you think better students ask more questions?  Do better students maintain eye contact with the teacher and take more notes?  What about bringing your appropriate materials to class and having your book open to the appropriate page?  Observe an outstanding student in your next class and write down what you notice about their classroom behavior.

Try another classroom observation with a different class and this time pay particular attention towards the end.  Which students pack up before the bell rings and dart off the second it rings, and which students pack up only after the teacher is done?  Think about if you were telling a group of friends a story of the most interesting thing that happened to you last summer.  How would you feel if they started gathering their belongings before you were done and dashed off the minute you finished without asking any questions or making any comments.  Would you think they cared?  Now, if you had to grade these friends as listeners based on this experience, what grade would you give them?