4 Skills Every High School Student Needs to Succeed!

By Tuty     
Posted on 10-12-2017
   

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Congratulations on joining high school! You are now at your gateway to the adult world. This is where you learn to take full responsibility for your actions and bear the consequences of the decisions you make. Perhaps for the first time, you will be asked to work independently. With all these pressures coming your way, it is high time you get equipped more on how to deal with the challenges and demands of high school. In this article, we discuss four important skills you need to develop to excel in your academic life.

1.    Learn to listen

Successful high school students develop their listening skills. Many high school students perform poorly in their examinations by simply not following instructions, omitting crucial sections of their assignments or even losing easy points on a simple step.

Become an active learner and pay attention to the speaker. Avoid distractions of phones, television or even noise from outside. Whenever you are having a conversation with your instructor, respond to them using body language to show them you are listening to them. Ultimately, your ability to focus will pay off.

2.    Be organized

Organized people are not born organized people. They endeavor to cultivate healthy habits which eventually help them to stay organized. As a high school student, you need to know what’s on your plate and what’s coming. If you are naturally organized, you are way ahead of the game. If you are still facing challenges here and there well, there’s still time.

Take full advantage of the technology to advance your organization skills by finding a planning app to keep your schedule straight. Schedule your study time, recreation and travel time. Make a to-do list and stick to it. Have a time-table that guides you on what subjects to study during a specific time. In whatever you do find a system that best works for you.

3.    Have an Open Mind

This is the time to learn new and exciting things. Keeping an open mind will expose you to opportunities that can lead to even bigger and better things. Have an open mind on the learning process. Discuss opportunities after high school with your parents and tutors. This can best be achieved if you maintain open lines of communication with your parents and tutors. Make sure everyone is on board. In whatever you do, always have an open mind. A closed mind won’t get you far.

4.    Learn More about yourself

It is at this stage you need to know that no one student is like the other. Students learn differently, and this usually changes throughout one's academic career. You need to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a learner. This is where your parents and tutors come in. In most cases, your parents/ tutors can help you unravel a hidden strength in you. Similarly, they can help you to improve on your weaknesses.

When you learn to listen to your parents and tutors with an open mind, you will ultimately excel in your academic career. Guardians and teachers need to pay close attention to students to help them bring out the best out of them. Whenever learning becomes a team effort, both students and their families will benefit.