The most important elements in being successful academically are attending class, being attentive while there, and completing all assignments in a timely manner. If a student finds him/herself falling behind, the best first step is to speak with the teacher to see if s/he can offer any advice or guidance. If the student needs additional assistance after speaking with the teacher, s/he should arrange a meeting with a guidance counselor for further assistance. It is always best to seek out help early in the semester before a problem grows too large.
The following websites include some useful information on how to best prepare for tests, proper note taking techniques, and other tips for school success.