Get on your teacher's good side
Play by the rules
In the weeks—or, OK, days—leading up to the conference, cut out bad behavior completely. Whether you’re a total class clown or occasionally get reprimanded for chatting during silent reading, it’s time to toss those antics out the window. If you’re behavior has been on the upswing lately, your teacher will notice and appreciate it. And that means bonus points, where your parents are concerned!
Participate, participate, participate!
Whether your teacher wants a volunteer for a really embarrassing geometry problem or the answer to last night’s homework question, it’s your job as an ace student to give her a hand. Toss yours in the air first, Hermione-style, and bid those participation blues buh-bye.
Ask for help
Still struggling to master the thesis statement? Ask your teacher if you can swing by after the final bell or during lunch for some one-on-one assistance. Most are so pleased that you genuinely want to excel that they’ll be happy to help you whenever, wherever. If not, they’ll at least be able to recommend a tutor—leading to better grades for you anyway, no?—and note that you’re making strides in the right direction.
Prepare your parents for the bad news