Transitioning to middle and then to high school can be tough, with so many distractions and life changes not to mention all the work and time for friends and family. Here are a few suggestions on how to succeed at school.
First of all, be organized. With family, friends, school work, extra-curricular activities and sometimes work, time can be tight. Find a way that works for you to keep track of everything you need to do. Knowing what you need to do and when you need to do it can reduce the stress of rushing to finish something you have to get done for tomorrow.
Second, be prepared. If you have a group meeting for a project or a presentation, or even a babysitting job ahead, get ready. You will feel less stressed if you have studied, read through the information you need, or in the case of a babysitting gig, have a “bag of tricks” ready to use to entertain the children. Think and plan ahead for your future. For example, do not leave scholarship applications to the last minute.
Third, always try your best. Things might get difficult but life is all about the challenges you face and how you deal with them. Everything will not come easily but if you try your best and continue to try you will get results.
Fourth, be curious and ask questions. Go beyond the classroom to look into what interests you. If you have to do a project, focus it so that you are working on a topic that interests you, because it is much easier to work hard and put in the necessary time to do well if you are learning about something that grabs your attention. Make sure you know the expectations and ask what you need to do in order to do well in your assignments.
Lastly, and maybe the most important after being organized, is asking for help when you need it. Family, friends, teachers, and employers are not mind readers and do not always know if you are struggling, so ask for what you need. If you try to hide that you don’t understand, you can get left behind and feel overwhealmed so check yourself for understanding and ask for clarification and help as soon as you feel you need it.
These tips are just the beginning and hopefully will get you thinking of ways you can focus on your goals and help you to become a successful student during your time at GW Graham and in the future.