High school is a personal journey as well as an educational experience. Students should take the opportunity to discover their interests, their passion, to explore their goals as well as maintaining a solid foundation in Math and English, and developing the study habits that will serve you well for years to come.
There are three key strategies to pursue to ensure you meet your goals in High School
- Building Confidence
- Managing your Time
- And Doing More than is Expected
- Building Confidence
A major issue shared by many students is the struggle with self-confidence, particularly when it comes to academic work. When you are viable to master a new math concept or to write a proper thesis the struggle can become disappointing. When you received a bad grade, you can lose confidence, you lose faith in your abilities and start losing the drive to improve.
So what is self-confidence? It is belief in yourself and your abates; its s a sense of self assurance. You know that you can achieve anything if you put your “best foot forwards” and try hard enough.
- Managing Time
The main cause of wasted study time is not knowing exactly wrest to study and when. To be able to study efficiency and effectively, you must set a goal: ask yourself, ‘What is my aim today? What do I want to accomplish by the and of the day?’ Anyone can set and follow a schedule, but those who don’ t succeed in high school have no idea where to begin studying. These students waste time by jumping back and forth between material, and by getting distracted in their studies. You can avoid these pitfalls by first listing out your other activities, such as your part time jobs, classes, extracurricular activities, breaks etc. Writing your involvement down will allow you to observe the amount of time you can actually devote to studying without interruption.
Developing a schedule is the start. The most important step is to put it in writing and commit yourself into it.
For many students, it can be difficult to adapt to the large workload. One approach I use, is to arm* a student to short intervals of study to start, and to build on that afterwards. Say to yourself. I will by this for two weeks only. But in these two weeks, I will absolutely stick to my plan. The beauty Is that after 2 weeks, the work habit begins to take shape and it wit become second nature.
The next step is to allocate your work. Break down the test or project into manageable pieces. It’ s better to tackle small parts than to by and overcome the whole project at once and become overwhelmed. Develop mini-goals of what should be done each day. For example, if a protect is due next Friday, spread it out across the schedule as equally as you can. You’ve got 10 days to complete it, so make sung you don’ t have major parts to complete 1 clay before it’ s due.
Scheduling has to be specific. This means that you have to write down precisely what time you will be working on which task. For example, studying for science must be done from 4.00pm – 6.00pm every day. Math test studying will be done on Friday to Sunday between 3.00-5.00pm. Vague plans will invariably be broken, so make sure to stay focused and specific. Developing these work habits early will be invaluable by the end of your time in high school and beyond.
To build Confidence, the first step is to believe Mat there is no such thing as failure, but only lessons to be learned. Do not look at the mark as a personal failure nor as a (wagon of intelligence. None of that is true. What is true is that something is not working – it could be your study habits, your work ethic, difficulty with an aspect of the course, or gaps in foundational knowledge• Your academic score is simply an indication of what isn’ t working. Examine precisely the cause of the setback. Ask yourself: do you need to change your study habits? Do you need more practice on certain concepts? Constantly accessing your strengths and weaknesses and “whats goes wrong” , is an important step in your learning process, and will guide you to future success.
The next important step is to give yourself crest for every success you have attained, no matter how small the accomplishment. To build confidence, you have to repeatedly remind yourself that you can do it. And to do that you can use every success as evidence.
For example, when I coached a student in the past with very low grades, I kept reminding him that he is smart and good at Math. He asked me, ‘How do you know that?’ I replied saying, ‘its’s because you achieved an A on your last quiz, and if you can do that in a quiz, you can certainly do the same on your test!’
Confidence begins with believing in yourself. As soon as you make progress, it is worth giving yourself a pat on the back. You can give yourself credit on your new plan, or that you are working harder. Results might not be apparent immediately, but if you persist and adapt to what works you will notice improvement. Throughout this leaming process, the credit you give yourself will serve as the foundation to strengthen your self-assurance.