The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has received many questions about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why (13RW). We list the most common questions from parents, schools, media, and community leaders below, with resources to help you talk about the series and suicide risk and prevention.
Over the last few months, we have had several parents inquire about possible "trackers" to use with their child. Before moving to a daily/weekly tracker, we recommend contacting each of your student's teachers to discuss ways to be successful in class. In addition, we suggest using the Student Planner provided at the beginning of the year to track homework assignments, etc. If this planner has been lost, you can purchase a new one in the front office for $5.
The tracking sheets are commonly used to track a student's progress in class - usually either behavior or academics. For your convenience, we are posting a couple of different tracker options here so that you can print them at home and then send one to school with your student. For these trackers to work best, we recommend that you speak with all of your student's teachers before beginning this process. Your student would then present the tracker to each of his/her teachers throughout the day and bring it home to you at the end of the day, for you to review and discuss together.
The end of the school year is fast approaching, which can bring a lot of end-of-year tests. Here is a great list of strategies to keep calm and be successful!
1. Have a Positive Attitude Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.
2. Make a Plan The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you use your calculator? If you've been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.
3. The Night Before Cramming doesn't work. If you've followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don't stay up late!
4. The Morning of the Test Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don't skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early and do a ten-minute power study right before the test, so your brain is turned on and tuned up.
5. Test Time Before the test begins, make sure you have everything you'll need - scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator (if you're allowed to use it). Understand how the test is scored: Do you lose points for incorrect answers? Or is it better to make guesses when you're not sure of the answer? Read the instructions! You want to make sure you are marking answers correctly.
6. Manage Your Time Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.
7. I'm Stuck! Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don't get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you're still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make the best guess you can, but only if you don't lose points for wrong answers.
8. Multiple-Choice Questions The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn't be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.
9. Neatness Counts If your 4s look like 9s, it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.
10. I'm Done! Not so fast - when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you're not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn't make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.
There are new classes starting at the Canyons Family Center on a monthly basis. These classes are completely free! The Canyons Family Center has additional details about the free classes and counseling services offered. Contact them at 801-826-8190 or www.canyonsdistrict.org
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