A great deal of light is shed on the high school students as they begin the stage of the quest for survival, the challenging journey to reach the greater goal.
As the exams approach, the students gradually begin to feel anxious and afraid, and while some of them accept to study and make more effort, others refrain from studying out of exaggerated fear.In this post, we outline ten things that successful high school students do to maximize their learning opportunities and prepare for the future. Doing these ten things will not only help you to become a successful high school student, but a successful college student as well. Lay the foundation now for the mindset and work habits necessary in college and you’ll not only optimize your high school years but also hit the ground running when you graduate.
1. Set Short-Term and Long-Term Goals.
Goal setting is a skill that develops over time. In fact, it can even be described as an art. To become a successful goal setter, you’ll need to get to know your own work habits and motivators. Setting unrealistic goals gets discouraging quickly.
Instead, set realistic long-term goals and work backwards from those to set smaller short-term goals to act as stepping stones. Then, make a plan to achieve these goals. Break your work down into manageable chunks and find a way to hold yourself accountable. Sometimes it can even help to coordinate with a group of peers so that you can help to hold one another accountable too.
2. Master Time Management.
In order to optimize your performance across multiple aspects of your life, you’ll need to develop strong time management skills. This means making and sticking to study schedules, developing systems of organization that work well for you, and learning the art of multitasking.
For more information about effective organization to boost your time management, check out our post Eight Tips to Use Your Time Efficiently and Stay Organized in High School. Here, you’ll learn important systems like how to use a planner, to-do lists, and prioritization to maximize your free time and leverage your organizational systems to your advantage.
3. Participate in Class.
You might think that this one goes without saying, but many students seem to think that if they study and achieve high grades, their participation will be a secondary factor. Successful students know, though, that class participation is a means towards the end. Students who participate in class are more engaged in their learning and are better able to encode information in their memories, since thoughtful questions and consideration lend context to new information.
In addition, participating in class shows your teachers that you’re listening and thinking about the material that’s being presented. Teachers are more likely to think of you as a dedicated student when you participate regularly in class discussions.
4. Build and Use a Support Network.
You might think that juggling all this by yourself is the marker of true strength and independence, but successful students are those who know how to use the resources available. Build strong relationships with teachers and peers, establish connections with learning resources like the writer’s center or study hall teachers, and connect with mentors to ensure that you have a support system in place, even if you never use it.
Further, don’t hesitate to reach out to the appropriate resource should you need a hand. Don’t wait until you’re drowning to call for help; instead let others know when you’re worried or confused and let them help you out before it gets over your head.
5. Practice many previous exams.
One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice solving the exam through previous exams. It helps you get used to the format of the questions, and it can also be a good practice to make sure you allocate the right time for each section and question on the exam, If you spend time with yourself at the beginning of the exam to think.
6. Take regular breaks, and reward yourself as you accomplish.
Although some believe that it is best to study for as many hours as possible, this can be counterproductive. For example: If you were training for a marathon, you wouldn’t try to run 24 hours a day. Similarly, studies have shown that in order to preserve the information for a longer period, taking regular breaks contributes greatly to this.
Also, whenever you complete some part of the study, make time for yourself for some fun, or give yourself a gift, this will help you to relax more psychologically, and achieve more.
7. Write a summary or “brief” draft of the paragraphs in your book.
So that you return to it on the day of studying for the exam instead of reading long paragraphs over and over again, unless there is a need to memorize a specific paragraph as it is without summarizing or brevity.
8. Never study while you are hungry or thirsty, and at the same time you are overburdened from eating food or sweets.
but you must balance between this and that.And know that the saying of a healthy mind in a healthy body is true, so you must make sure that your food is as balanced as possible and that you eat enough fruits and vegetables every day.And to eat enough omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish, and you can get them in the form of pills in pharmacies.
9. Reducing stimuli.
The student should not increase the number of stimuli, as they have harmful negative results, as they increase tension and speed in the heartbeat, and this has a bad effect on the student during his performance in the exam.
10. Playing sports.
It is preferable to exercise as well, because it activates the brain cells and provides the body with energy. Do not place the burden of finding time for it on your shoulders where you can perform it while watching TV or between studying periods, or you can go for a short walk every day for thirty minutes.
Kate Sundquist (2017-12-23), “Successful High School Students Do These 10 Things”, blog.collegevine.com