Advice from Students, Teachers, Counselors and Parents
By Rachel Lewis
It’s that time of year. The beginning of the school year is once again upon us. Walk through any major retailer and the back to school advertisements and merchandise can’t be missed. It suddenly seems that everything teens should do to prepare for school comes down to buying new things. Instead of focusing on the material aspects of the back to school season, we at Success Skills Weekly want to focus on what teens should do to have a successful term. To that end, we interviewed students, teachers, counselors, and parents to get their advice about how to have a great term and put the 7 most mentioned pieces of advice below.
1. Be Positive and Organized.
The best way to start out the term is by being positive and organized. It is much easier to remain positive and organized if you start out that way. Organization should also be something personal that you decide. Find out what works best for you and organize yourself that way. Not everyone learns in the same manner so figuring out how you learn and catering to that will help you stay ahead.
2. Sync Your Calendars.
Calendars and paper seem to float around at the beginning of school as you collect syllabi, practice calendars, extra-curricular calendars, etc. Work with your family to create a centralized calendar so that everyone knows your commitments so you can all be on the same page.
3. Discover Your Resources.
You should also discover what resources you have at your disposal. Does your school have a writing lab? Do your teachers post assignments online? Does your school offer tutoring? What study materials are available to you through your school library? Do you have resources available to you outside of school? Knowing ahead of time where you go for extra help or quick questions will help you stay on top of assignments and tests so that you don’t feel like you are falling behind.
4. Get To Know Your Teachers.
Your teachers are the ones who decide your grades and for high school students will be the ones writing letters of recommendation for college. Sharing personal goals for each class and being honest with your teachers about problems or difficulties you are facing in each course can go a long way to helping you in the long term.
5. Be Respectful.
That includes being respectful to your teachers, your friends, your parents, and most importantly to yourself.
6. Do Your Best.
Try your best and don’t hold yourself to someone else’s standard. You know when you are doing your best work so be proud of the effort you are putting in to achieve the grades you are getting.
7. Avoid the Drama.
Students, parents, and teachers agreed that “drama” takes the focus away from your work which can affect your grades as well as your friendships. It’s better to just stay away than getting all worked up.
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Rachel Lewis graduated with honors from the University of Kansas in just three and a half years in December, 2010, and has already written a book and started her second business. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, USA Today, Fox Business and has been cited in an article in Forbes on successful businesses. She has worked with students from middle school through college helping with goal setting, confidence building, study skills, and getting ready for “the real world.” She launched Success Skills Weekly with her mother and brother to assist students with critical skills that are needed for success, but not being taught anywhere. Rachel is a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, and was selected as a Belle of the American Royal in 2011 and has been an active volunteer for the BOTAR and the American Royal organizations. She is also an Assistant Dance and Cheer Team Coach at her high school alma mater.
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