On episode 202, Alexis Avila speaks with Chris Buck, a mental conditioning coach, author, and president and founder of Christian Buck Consulting and the creator of The Sport of School Academy. As a human performance consultant and team culture expert, Coach Buck works with sports programs to implement individual and team-specific mental conditioning programs. His clients include Brown University’s 2016 men’s lacrosse NCAA Final Four team, Arizona State’s All-Star girl’s lacrosse team, and golfers from the PGA Canada Tour. He is the author of Thinking Inside the Crease: The Mental Secrets to Becoming a Dominant Lacrosse Goalie, which was ranked #1 on Amazon in lacrosse books, and the upcoming book: The Sport of School: How to Help Student-athletes Improve Their Grades for High School, College, and Beyond!

Coach Buck holds a Masters in Exercise and Sport Psychology. He is a Guest Speaker for Academic Excellence at the Harlem Lacrosse and is a G3 Goalie Camp Goalie Psychology Specialist.

On today’s episode, Chris talks about ten things students can do to dramatically improve their performance in school.

Chris Buck’s ten tips:

  1. Sit in the front row.
  2. Write down test dates as soon as you know them in your weekly/online planner.
  3. Get a 100% on the first quiz/test/homework assignment for each class.
  4. Make certain that you earn 100% on all “extras” (i.e., Homework, Attendance, Class Participation, etc.).
  5. Complete ALL homework assignments (without looking up the answers).
  6. Take advantage of all extra credit opportunities, even if you got a 100%. You may need those points later.
  7. Challenge a classmate to a contest of who can receive better grades in that class.
  8. Get to know your teacher.
  9. Study PRIOR to the night before the test.
  10. For labs, find the best partner, not necessarily your best friend.

Chris’s key study tip

If you have a test or quiz on Monday, start reviewing on Thursday so you can ask questions on Friday at school!

How parents can help

Parents can help inspire kids by taking them on college tours to show them where they can end up going if they work hard.

Chris Buck’s tips for teens:

  1. Learn work ethic and practice working hard hard!
  2. Develop a love of learning.
  3. Develop an ability to problem solving, because people hire those who can solve problems

For another related episode check out 5 Ways to Get an A in School, ep 117

What was your biggest takeaway from this podcast about How Students Can Dominate in the Classroom? Do you have any questions for Chris Buck and Alexis Avila?

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