I used to be scared of asking questions at school in case I looked stupid, but then I would end up looking stupid because I hadn't asked the question. The worst case scenario is that your question is a silly one and someone might giggle or the teacher might grumble. On the other hand, if you ask a question, it shows that you are interested, listening and thinking about the topic. It is also better to ask a question and check that you only have to do questions 3 and 4 for homework, rather than staying silent and doing questions 1-10 because you weren't sure. 99% of the time it's better to ask the question.
Starting high school can be daunting but look at it as a great adventure. Here are some tips to help your transition to go smoothly. Remember everyone else is in the same boat.
Teen Compass has a Wellness Assessment survey that you can work through and see what areas of your life might need a bit of work. It covers relationships, emotions, spirituality, rest and play, resilience, care for body, organisation and school and work. You can find it here.
If you're in high school then you are either in the middle of exams or they are fast approaching. Most likely you are fairly stressed and anxious. Just remember, you are not defined by the score you get at the end of year 12. For the sake of your mental health, schedule in time to do things you love. Doing this will put you in a better frame of mind and the time that you do spend studying will be more productive. There are some ideas above if you're stuck.
If you are in Year 12 - hang in there, you've almost finished. Here are some resources from Beyond Blue if you need a bit of encouragement. They have posters, study tips and a Surviving Year 12 fact sheet. Find someone to talk to if you need to.
Flash cards are an effective way to study for exams. The three step method is helpful - find out more at http://schoolhabits.com.
Mind maps and diagrams are particularly helpful for visual learners. To find out how to use them check out www.goconqr.com.
Researchers have found that reading things out loud can help them get into your long term memory. For more information see https://curiosity.com.