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This is a list of tips shared during the episodes of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, arranged by subject.

The First Day

  • During the first day: just relax, be yourself and don't panic! Try to make new friends and get to know your teachers for the year.
  • Plan ahead on classes to get in the same ones as your friends.
  • September = Summer, so don't wear winter clothes.
  • Some classes get full, so pick a different class you're good at.
  • Have a seat by the door to avoid the "door jam".
  • Be on your BEST behavior.
  • Set goals for yourself during the school year.
  • Try to study before class.
  • If you're new, don't sweat it, talk to some people.
  • Have fun, get to know your teachers better.
  • Make sure you have all your school supplies.
  • Pick out clothes that show who you are to make a first impression.
  • Pay attention to the rules and then when you come home memorize them so you don't have to later on.
  • Make sure you always brush your hair and teeth before you go. Also make sure you have all your clothes on.
  • Get a haircut 2 weeks before school starts so it can grow in.
  • Try to make new friends your age and grade.
  • Make a list of H.W and say when its due so you wont forget, and to have a reminder

Teachers

  • Always listen to what the teacher is saying, NOT what the teacher is doing.
  • Try to do as much homework as you can in class so that you don't have much to do at home.
  • Helping the teacher out doesn't make you a teachers pet. You dont have to be a teachers pet to make a good impression.
  • Don't be afraid to raise your hand. It doesn't mean you're dumb when you raise your hand you just get interested.
  • Take notes when the teacher is talking.
  • Always try to be the best student in your class.
  • Never get on their bad side, It won't help.
  • Due dates are closer than they appear, be sure to do your projects/homework ON TIME!

Seating

  • Sit next to new people to make new friends.
  • Avoid sitting next to the bullies or the class clown, since they will only distract you.
  • Sitting in front helps you learn better so when you take a test you are ready.
  • Sit near the door to get to your classes quicker.
  • Stay away from really talkative people. You won't EVER be able to concentrate on ANYTHING!
  • Sit around nice people just in case it is your seat forever.
  • If you sit next to your friends you may be distracted. Friends tend to like to talk to you.
  • Sitting in the front doesn't always mean that you will always get called on when the teacher asks a question.
  • Stay away from the back rows!
  • Try to avoid sitting next to the window, It may seem like a good idea, but in the summer the sun will cook you. In the cold it gets breezy.

Tryouts

  • Get the right equipment.
  • Don't give up, keep practicing, if you don't make the team. You can make it next year.
  • Remember that practice makes perfect.
  • Don't be afraid of trying out new things because you just might like it.
  • Be prepared!
  • If you don't make it, tryout for something else!

Crushes

  • Sometimes they're way out of your league, but try anyway, it's okay if they say no.
  • Get to know them first then, ask them out
  • Be yourself and go talk to him/her.
  • If your crush doesn't like you remember you could still be friends.
  • If you're going to talk to your crush, don't make up lies about yourself.
  • Be sure that your crush likes you before you ask them out.
  • It's okay for a girl to ask a boy out.
  • be nice to them
  • Practice what you are going to say to your crush before saying it

Dances

  • Dress cool and comfortable and it doesn't matter what anyone says.
  • Going across dance floors can be tough. So dance your way through!
  • To break the ice, get that special someone a beverage!
  • Don't waste your whole time trying to dance with someone special, get out there and dance with your friends.
  • Have fun.
  • If you have no one to dance with, just dance with friends or dance all by yourself.
  • If you are not going with someone, go as a group with your friends, so you don't ruin your whole night.
  • Don't eat a lot of food. If you do, then you could vomit or need to go to the bathroom.
  • Don't stress, or you'll make a mess.
  • You should not dress up in work clothes.

Rumors

  • If you are part of the rumor, IGNORE THEM!
  • If you hear a rumor DON'T SPREAD IT!
  • Just because you hear it from a friend or another student does not make it true!
  • If a rumor about someone comes to you, think to yourself....SO WHAT!
  • Most of the time a rumor is, when someone heard a sentence out of context.
  • If you hear a rumor don't ignore it confront the person who is lying and tell them that he or she is a very nice person and a fun person and they shouldn't be lying about them and tell the person who is spreading the rumors how she or he would feel if someone made a rumor about them.
  • Don't start a rumor about the person you hate.
  • If someone started one about you, go to a teacher, or a trusted adult.

Sick Days

  • If you are sick don't wait, go to the nurses office immediately.
  • If a teacher is away sick get used to a new substitute teacher
  • If you are sick, text or call friends to get missing assignments and homework.
  • If you're home sick, email the teacher to find out what you missed
  • If your teacher is sick and you get a sub teacher, don't do whatever you want, the sub will tell your real teacher what you did.

Spelling Bees

  • Practice, practice, practice.
  • Prepare for distractions.
  • Do not be nervous.
  • Do not be sad if you did not make it because at least you tried.
  • To avoid choking, imagine people in their underwear .
  • Don't go to the spelling bees if you are not good at spelling.
  • If it's timed, do not say "ummmmm...…

Picture Day

  • Don't force a smile, have a smile that you do every year.
  • Practice a smile.
  • If you don't like your picture then see if your school has a make-up picture day.
  • Don't blink.
  • Be yourself.
  • Bring an extra outfit in case something happens to the first outfit
  • Bring a hair brush to fix your hair before the picture
  • Make sure you clear your nose before the picture.
  • If you force to smile or say cheese that isnt your real smile picture something funny in your head and your real natural smile will come out.
  • Don't open your mouth when you think of something funny because you don't want to look like your sneezing.

Elections

  • Treasurer: Good for beginners.
  • Vice President: Informs the students.
  • Best and hardest is Class President.
  • Go big with posters.
  • Hand out fliers.
  • Keep it short and simple for speeches.
  • Try to be yourself
  • For speeches don't sweat it, it's not like your giving the speech to become the president of the U.S.A.
  • If your shy when giving speeches, picture everyone in their underwear.
  • Practice saying your speech to avoid pausing, saying "umm", and stopping between words.

Talent Shows

  • Don’t like something? Don’t complain, change it.
  • Everybody has a talent.
  • Express yourself and have fun.
  • Find your talent and go for it.
  • If you don't want to perform your talent, don't force yourself; just watch from the audience and have a good time.
  • And don't make fun of other kids' talents. Who knows? You could be next.
  • If you want to perform in a talent show, but are too nervous, get a friend to do something with you.

Computer Lab

  • Use computer lab time wisely.
  • Sign up early.
  • Don't try to fix the computer by yourself, Ask your teacher for help.

Backpacks

  • Pack tissues,sharpened pencils, etc.
  • Put your name on everything
  • Empty your bag before throwing it out
  • Make sure your bag is zipped
  • Clean out your backpack every week
  • put what you really need in it

Best Friends

  • Friends look out for each other.
  • Talk about problems with your friends.
  • Everyone needs a best friend.
  • Never talk behind their back.
  • If a friend is there for you, be there for them
  • Make sure they know what your good at vice versa when it involves school help each other out

Day Dreaming

  • Don't be too obvious.
  • Avoid the Out-the-Window dream.
  • Daydream at an educational classroom item.
  • Daydreaming actually helps you come up with solutions.
  • Avoid drooling.
  • If you're day dreaming look in front of the class, don't stare into space.
  • It's best to not daydream in class, as you could miss important things. Try your hardest not to.

Gym

  • Wear something light to stay cool.
  • Wash your gym clothes twice a week.
  • Take a sink shower if the showers freak you out (if you have showers).
  • It would help if you had a brush, deodorant, and any other things to help you look like when you came in.
  • Be a good sport nobody likes a sore looser only good sports are winners.
  • Bring wipes to wipe down your body if you aren't comfortable with sink showers or regular showers.

Cheaters

  • Cheaters never win, winners never cheat.
  • Use the book barrier to keep cheaters from cheating
  • If there's a cheater near you, ask to move
  • If you positively need to tell a teacher, tell them anonymously to avoid being called a snitch
  • Do not get tricked by a cheater.

Bullies

  • Teachers are a bully - free zone.
  • If you know their schedule, you can avoid them
  • Find out about peer mediation.
  • Tell a parent, teacher, or a counselor.
  • get a bully box so if you see bullying write on a piece of paper and put it in the bully box

Emergency Drills

  • Chill out, don't panic.
  • Always listen, you never know when it might be handy.

The New Grade

  • Make “New Grade Resolutions”.
  • New grades are better with new friends.
  • Don’t worry if the first day isn't perfect.
  • Stick with Resolutions.
  • Don’t judge a teacher by their first day.

Dodge Ball

  • Stay elusive, stay in the game.
  • Feed balls to best throwers.
  • Use the lob and drill attack.
  • If you want to avoid getting hit, stay near the coach. They will try to throw the ball at you less.
  • Keep your knees bent to increase your reflexes.
  • Have the faster runners to get the balls.

Reading

  • Keep a schedule, if you have to read a novel, calculate how many pages per day you have to read. 8-10 pages a day sounds alot less scary than a 220 page novel.
  • Online quick notes help you keep on track. Note: It is not a replacement for actual reading.
  • Start a book club.
  • Actually read the book.
  • Imagine it in your mind what it would be like in real life.

Principals

  • See the principal for problems.
  • Get to know the principal.
  • Always go to the principal if you're being bullied.
  • Principals always believe the truth so always tell the truth, they might reduce the punishment if you just tell the truth.
  • Don't be afraid of the principal.

Popularity

  • If you’re not popular in the top ten, you're popular in your top ten.
  • Don't try to be popular. It’s not worth the hassle.
  • It's silly to look up to popular kids cause they're just like us.
  • It doesn't matter if you are not popular, you can still hang out with friends.

Stressing Out

  • Too much stress isn't healthy so avoid too much stress.
  • Don't let stress vision get the best of you because things may not be that bad.
  • Over-scheduled? Schedule some goof off time.
  • Grades are important but not the most important thing in life.

Dismissal

  • Make a pit stop before the big ride home.
  • Use dismissal as de-stress and wind down time.
  • Have a dismissal check - list.

School Play

  • Actors (Take center stage).
  • Like Acting? The play is where to start.
  • Don’t act? Work behind the scenes:
  • Lighting and effects (make it look and sound alive).
  • Wardrobe/costume (To wear? or not to wear?).
  • Stage Manager (makes everything go smoothly).
  • Stage Hands (put everything in the right place).
  • Ask or audition to work lights or background announcer.

.Get in a group and come up with ideas of what you should be or do.

Art Class

  • Wear smocks and hats or wear your art.
  • Not a painter? Ask about photography projects.
  • Make art class, homemade gift time.
  • Just express yourself!

Lost & Found

  • Chain it and don't lose it.
  • Put your name on everything
  • (May have been a joke, but still good advice:) Don't put your name on your underwear. If you lose those, you don't want anybody to know.
  • Don't take anybody else things from lost & found.

Embarrassment

  • Always keep extra clothes in your locker in case of accidental wetting.
  • Be careful what you eat.
  • Know what to say before you say it.
  • Don't over eat those "Fart Starters" (like Eggplant, broccoli, and beans).
  • Always check teeth after lunch.
  • Always check your zipper!
  • If someone laughs at you just laugh and say oops.
  • Don't care what other people say.

The Bus

  • Use bus time for homework time.
  • Look before you sleep.
  • Use the shift to protect your seat.
  • Use the "seat hop" to move around the bus.

Bad Hair Days

  • For guys, hats hide grease, grime, and fleas.
  • For girls, scrunchies and clips can tame the wildest mane.
  • And nothing cures a bad hair day like a good haircut.

Revenge

  • Don't do it. It's an endless line where nobody wins.
  • If you feel like getting revenge on someone, talk to a counselor

School Records

  • Your permanent record follows you to high school, so don't do bad things.
  • If you do good things, good things could happen in return.

The Library

  • Don't wait to get to the library.
  • Can't find a book? Find out who has it.
  • The library isn't just for checking out books You can also make friends in the library.

Volunteering

  • Get your friends to pitch in, it'll be fun.
  • A few hours can make a huge difference.
  • Never judge that you won't have fun. Just try it and maybe you'll have a great time

Hallways

  • Beware of "The Reverse Commute".
  • Find alternate routes if you have a reverse commute.
  • You can talk to friends (or that special someone), but make it snappy.
  • Never get caught running or without a pass
  • Stay away from bullies.
  • Get a map of the school to chart the quickest path for different classes or occasions.

Friends Moving

  • Have a far away friend? Make phone dating.
  • IM'ing and web cams keep far away friends close.
  • make sure you have their phone number

Boys

  • Never be bummed, go with a day with the boys.
  • If you really like someone ask them out..
  • NEVER ask a girl out just because she's "hot". Try to get to know her and like her for her. Your relationship will last longer. DON'T RUSH IT!

Girls

  • Be honest and be yourself around girls.
  • For boys and girls. If you are nervous, just take a deep breath and be yourself.
  • Wear deodorant.
  • Don't show off. It just backfires.
  • If you like a girl just ask them out or take your time by becoming friends.
  • Compliment them.
  • Don't act like a jerk around girls just to make you look cool. It makes you look like a fool, and girls won't like you for that. In fact, they will probably try to avoid you. Be honest with your feelings, and if you like a girl, just come right out and say it, they will appreciate you being honest with them, and that will raise your chance of getting a girlfriend.

Cell Phones

  • Don't make a call while doing something else or talking to someone else. its rude.
  • If your on a date, dont text anyone. that is just messed up and your date will think something is up.
  • Recharge your battery every night.
  • Turn off your phone when you get to school you don't want people to call you in class.
  • When you talk and walk at the same time, make sure you look forward.
  • Only text when you are NOT in class.

Getting Organized

  • Get rid of clutter in your backpack and locker once a week.
  • If you go calendar, make sure to mark down the days that a quiz, test, and special events are coming up in your locker or backpack.
  • Always have pencils handy.
  • Accordion folders rock!
  • Make a planner and see if you need to do something for school or get something done.

Extra Credit

  • If you get pretty low grades, make a extra credit report to move up in class.
  • Don't make too many extra credit reports at one time! You'll get mixed up!
  • Don't forget to spend as much time on the written part!

Fundraising

  • Use inexpensive and used prizes for games.
  • If it's "fun", people will pay to play.
  • Volunteer to paint boards for new games.
  • Try having a car wash
  • Don't be boring. Make fundraising fun - raising.

Competition

  • Competition can be a motive.
  • Don't enter a competition if you’re not ready.
  • Don't let competitions take over your life. It's how you play the game.

Making New Friends

  • Don't judge someone because of their clothes or face.
  • Ask people to join your table and make friends.
  • Be nice and be yourself

Positives & Negatives

  • Being Positive is contagious.
  • Unfortunately, so is being negative.
  • Try to be as positive as possible, it will put you, and people around you in a much better mood.

Money

  • Need cash fast? Try babysitting, pet care and cleaning services.
  • Know what and when you’re getting paid.
  • Remember, there is no such thing as "Easy Money". If you want money, you got to work hard at it!
  • Always take emergency money in case you forget lunch or if you need a notebook, go to a local school store and buy one with the money.
  • Sell something that you don't want and somebody does. Easy. 
  • Be smart with your money. 

Parties

  • Dress nicely, but be yourself.
  • Keep your breath fresh, avoid stinky foods.
  • And have fun at parties.

Health

  • More than a class, health is a lifesaver so pay attention.
  • Take care of mood swings by eating breakfast.
  • Take care of an embarrassing itch by taking shower regularly.
  • DON'T Worry! Just look around your class, and remember... this will eventually happen to all of your classmmates!

Jealousy

  • Be confident, be grateful, not jealous.
  • Control jealousy; don’t let it control you.
  • Don't be to jealous with someone else.
  • Don't be jealous that the boy you like is going out with one of your friends

Tests

  • Face the facts for multiple choice.
  • Never second guess. Your first answer is probably right.
  • Study hard to do good
  • Go with a study group before the test starts.
  • Take a week to be a geek.
  • Study every night before you go to sleep.
  • Ask a teacher if you don't get something.
  • Always have flash cards handy so you can make any time, a study time.
  • Make a study list

When You Like Someone Who is Going Out With Someone Else

  • Be nice and make yourself a potential date.
  • Don’t come down too strong.
  • Remember that school relationships RARELY last forever.
  • Try not to get jealous and remember that they might break up.

The New Semester

  • Make a new semester to-do list.
  • Get started doing things on your list ASAP (as soon as possible).
  • Make sure that you know where all your classes are.
  • Try to do better than your last semester.
  • Try to maybe get on honor roll or principal's list this time.
  • Try to make new friends.
  • If there are any new people (teachers, principles, students... ); try and help them feel home by being nice to them

Electives

  • If you're good at it, take it.
  • Don't let teasing stop you.
  • Do great with a great teacher
  • Don't sign up for something you're not good at, even if you're friends are taking that class.

Pep Rallies

  • Brainstorming creates great ideas and speeches.
  • Plan fun teacher/student challenges.
  • Hand out awards.
  • Bring money for snacks.

Lunch

  • Check school lunches that are posted on school bulletin boards and online.
  • If you don't like your lunch, trade it.
  • Get in line early
  • Don't eat any stinky foods or foods that make you have gas.
  • Don't use your shirt as a napkin.

Notebooks

  • Take easy and neat notes
  • Copy your notes in a second notebook to lock the information in your head.
  • If you are out sick, have a responsible person take good notes for you.
  • If a teacher says something twice, underline it because it will show up on a test.

Video Projects

  • Keep it short, time is limited.
  • Get a jump on the project and start early.
  • Quickly erase any embarrassing shots.
  • Always click protector tabs on your tapes.

Math

  • You can't ignore math, it is everywhere.
  • When you come across something difficult, be positive, and believe in yourself.
  • Ask questions right away, don't wait!
  • Study group + friends = No Math anxiety.
  • Without math we are cavemen eating mud.
  • you may not enjoy it but you just need to look at it in a different way it may even help you.

Vice Principals

  • Tell the truth, no matter how much it hurts.
  • Vice Principals never believe liars, even if they are telling the truth for once.

Mondays

  • Wear your all time favorite outfit on Mondays.
  • Make Mondays "Favorite Lunch Days".
  • Make Monday fun - day.
  • Watch your favorite movies
  • Organize a favorite game with friends

Your Body

  • Don't freak out, your body will change.
  • Stay active and stay healthy.
  • Dont worry about what people say.

Procrastination

  • Ask your teacher for help.
  • List your tasks in order of importance.
  • Don’t do nothing, keep working hard.

Gross Biology Dissection

  • If you don't want to do dissection to a live/dead animal, ask your teacher if you could do virtual dissection. It's not messy or gross.
  • A note from a parent can get you out of anything.
  • Don't make fun of squeamish kids, you could be next.

Upper Class Men

  • Don't get in the way of 8th graders
  • Walk with your friends in dangerous zones.
  • Beware of Upper Class Men traditions

Dares

  • If you say no to a dare you're not being a chicken, you're being smart.
  • Dangerous dares are not worth it.

Bad Habits

  • Admit you have a bad habit and get psyched to beat it.
  • Replace bad habits with healthier habits.
  • Take small steps to beat your bad habit.
  • Think about life without your bad habit.

Substitute Teachers

  • The normal teacher will return.
  • Get to know the substitute you might like them
  • Be nice they could send a good report to your teacher
  • Just because your regular teacher isn't there, doesn't mean you can behave badly. They are going to report all activity to the teacher.

The New Kid

  • Invite the new kid to lunch.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Be yourself, you'll make friends.
  • And if you are making new friends with a new kid be good to them and introduce them with your friends.
  • Don't judge by the way they look or come from, get to know them first

Valentine's Day

  • Avoid giving mushy-lovey cards.
  • Funny cards = less pressure.
  • Get in on the fun with an anonymous card.
  • If you have a crush get her/him something
  • Don't say anything that makes someone else feel bad

School Websites

  • Use cool web design software for a cool website.
  • Set up a live web-cam in your school.
  • Volunteer to keep the website updated.

Shyness

  • Change your look - change your self image, but make sure you are still true to yourself.
  • Develop your social skills.
  • Scare your shyness by facing it.
  • Try to talk to more people, and introduce yourself to new friends.

Nicknames

  • If you don't like your nickname, you could try talking to your friends about it and give them suggestions for another one.
  • Do something funny or something for charity, they then will call you a nickname that you are fine about.
  • Don't let a nickname bother you.

Asking Someone Out

  • Avoid freezing and practice how to ask.
  • Good places to ask out - Cafeteria, Hallway, Outside by flowers
  • Bad places to ask - Gym Class
  • Can't ask someone out if they’re going out with someone else.
  • Get an "Ambassador" to screen your potential date.
  • Not everyone says yes so be ready.
  • They are more likely to say yes if you ask them directly.
  • When asking someone out, just be yourself.

Recycling

  • Reuse recyclables and create things or art.
  • Start your own recycling program at school.
  • Use reusable totes for lunch instead of paper bags .

April Fool's Day

  • Keep reminding yourself it's April Fool's Day so you can be ready for the tricks somebody's gonna pull on you.
  • If there is a unusual atmosphere, it's a prank.
  • Keep your pranks nice and playful.
  • Don't do pranks on the same person because they'll know if it's a prank.

Excuses

  • Keep your excuses realistic, and not something like the dog ate my homework.
  • Don't lie about forgetting something, your teacher most times will understand or give you more time.

Secrets

  • Don't tell secrets. You could hurt someone.
  • If a secret hurts a friend, say sorry.
  • Sometimes revealing a secret will make you feel better.
  • Don't tell a secret to someone you know will break.
  • It's always best not to tell someone a secret.

School Car Wash

  • Bring extra clothes.
  • Keep your schedule flexible for weather.
  • Advertise near traffic.
  • A wet car is not always a clean car.
  • Do better at washing someones car they might really appreciate it.

Spirit Week

  • You don’t have to go crazy to show school spirit.
  • Don't get upset if you're not Spirit King or Queen.
  • All that matters is to have FUN!
  • Don't forget your spirit, improvise!

Clothes

  • Some clothes never go out of style: jeans, button shirts, t-shirts and hi-tops(Converse).
  • Clothes seem to affect who you are.
  • If certain clothes aren't comfortable, don't wear them..

Yearbook

  • Submit your own fun photos.
  • Hurry and get your money in early.
  • Try not to put mean things and comments in your yearbook.

Career Week

  • Subscribe to magazines and internet sites.
  • Try different jobs.
  • Remember that these are just proposals. You can be whatever you wanna be in your life.

Music Class

  • Practice and master the BASICS.
  • Open yourself up to other types of music, such as classical.
  • If you don’t find the right instrument at first, it's okay, everyone has their instrument.

Class Clown

  • Clown around the Cafeteria - Good.
  • Clown around Vice Principal - Bad.
  • Beware of sitting next to the Class Clown.
  • Class clowns can get you into trouble.

Failing

  • If you fail, don't overreact.
  • If you’re failing, try something new.
  • Talk to your Guidance Counselor for advice on how to pass.
  • Ask the teacher if you can do more in the class to pass the class. This tip always works so don't be shy.

Tutors

  • Ask your teacher about tutor options.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for a new tutor.
  • Beware of tutors who do the work for you.
  • Don't beat yourself up. If you have a tutor, it doesn't mean you're dumb.

Study Hall/Free time

  • Tell a friend you'll talk later or move.
  • If it's loud, use headphones.
  • Use the book barrier.
  • If you need to study ask to go to the library.

Double Dating

  • Double Dating = Less Pressure.
  • Avoid awkward silences with double dating.

The Last Day

  • Clean out your locker or it will get donated.
  • Get your projects or you'll never see them again.
  • It's the last day to get your yearbook signed.
  • Say goodbye to all your friends and ask for summer reading list because its for a grade.

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