It’s time for a new semester and a clean slate. As teens reflect upon how to gain greater success in the upcoming semester, there are some key areas that might be helpful to consider.
Improve Organization. Organization is an extremely important skill to develop for success throughout life. Therefore, it is good for teens to begin developing the much needed skill of organization. It is skill that will help a student to determine which assignments need to be done first, or when to begin working on projects so they are completed in a timely manner and are completed with thought and neatness. Conquering the skill of organization will assist a teen who works juggle homework, and extra-currirular activities. Organization is a skill that will become a habit if practiced daily and will be a friend to future success.
Improve Grades. Grades may seem silly particularly in the present educational climate of learning information simply to pass state and federal madated tests; however, the better grades on a teen’s high school transcript, the better opportunity a teen will have getting into a good post-secondary establishment. In addition, good grades will assist students in obtaining various scholarhips to help pay for an ever more expensive college education.
Learn something new or join a club. Studies show that students who are involved in school activities benefit in many different ways. Students who are involved in extracurricular activities “. . . can learn to consider other people and work as a team. They can have a sense of purpose rather than just mundane lessons. They learn so many social skills which will help them to prepare for the outside world. The activities promote interaction and allow a larger social circle. The teens will learn to get on with different kinds of people in different situations, not just the classroom. This will equip them well for the future” (Collins).
Improve Family Time. Family can often be the best support system that a teen has. Parents become champions of their teens in their extra-curricular activities and tutors for their students in their school subjects or at the very least offer heart felt encouragement to their teens as they work their way through the often mysterious secondary school experience.
Improve Physical Activity. Physical activity helps to raise the endorphin and seratonin levels in the brain, therefore making one feel more energetic, motivated and happy. A positive attitude is a definite key to success.
Taking the above advice, will assist teens in becoming more successful in the upcoming semester.
Collins, Lucy. “Benefits of extra-curricular activities for teens .” Helium. 02 Jan 2008: n. page. Print. <http://www.helium.com/items/771873-Tweens-Pre-Teens>.