Although high school isn't easy for everyone, the experience itself can be greatly improved by following these tips! Do you have any other tips for surviving high school?
1 Prioritize Studying
Studying is definitely not the most exciting aspect of high school - it can sure be tedious and time-consuming! But even so, homework and study is stressed by teachers for a reason (not because they want you to suffer) and that's because it will help you to get better at the subject and you'll be so much better off when exams come up! You can prioritize studying by remembering why it's important to get done and eliminating any chance that you might procrastinate! Be sensible with your time and know that everything else can wait until you've finished your study session.
2 Prepare for Exams
Most high schools have several exams at different times of the year (the most important are usually the last) so preparation is a great habit to get into - no matter which one you're preparing for! Consider ways that might help you study such as making a study timetable, writing cue cards to help you learn or creating a brainstorm so you can memorise the most important information!
3 Have Healthy Friendships
Friendships are an essential part of the high school experience which is why it's so important to make sure they're good ones! Unfortunately not everyone you come across in the hallways will be great friends, so surround yourself with ones that you're confident are and that have your best interests at heart. If you have gotten involved in a few bad friendships over the years, don't worry too much about it as it's not the end of the world. A great thing to do at this stage is to branch out to other people every chance you get as this will help you get to know more people and start better friendships.
4 Try New Things
High school is all about challenging yourself by trying new things! Don't think too much about it, just remember it's good to step outside your comfort zone every now and again and do this in a way that you can have fun and have a good time! A great way you can try new things is considering joining clubs, groups and activities that interest you. Most school will offer a range of these, but if yours doesn't there are plenty outside of school that you could explore and be a part of.
5 Consider Areas That Interest You
Often when you start high school all the subjects you take are compulsory. However in the following years you should be able to choose to drop some and pick up others, so that you can gradually find out what subjects are your strengths and eliminate any that could be considered weaknesses. A great way you can consider areas that interest you is by first thinking about what subjects you enjoy. This is because usually our strengths lie with what we enjoy learning, and the opposite is true for our weaknesses. If you can get an idea as to which areas interest you, it could be a great help when it's time to apply for university or college and you need to select certain courses to make your timetable!
6 Leave No Room for Bullying
Although bullying is a really common occurrence at high schools in a global sense, try to do anything you can to eliminate or reduce the problem from yours. If you're being bullied, know that it's unacceptable and tell someone you trust to help you end the problem. On the other hand, If you know or see someone at school being bullied, support them in any way you can and be there to listen if they need to talk about it. Also encourage them to take action by speaking to someone with authority.
7 Enjoy the Time You Have
High school can be the best days of our lives because it's often where we can make great friendships that last for many years to come (if not forever). It's the time right before adulthood where we can be young and dumb and celebrate like we're still kids!
8 Work Harder at Your Weaknesses
Just like it's important to find the things that you enjoy, it's also important to not neglect your weaknesses. Sometimes you might have to try harder at them, but it'll pay off for you in the long run. Math was never my strong suit but I needed it to pass, so I did whatever I could to maintain a decent grade and then was thankful for being done senior year. Haha Plus, this obviously helped me eliminate any future jobs (such as accountant or math teacher) that I may have been considering.
9 Prepare for the Future
Yes, as a freshman in high school college seems so far away. But the grades you make freshman year will be the basis of your high school career. Always strive to do your best so that you set yourself up later on for a good college acceptance as well as making a good first impression with teachers. You don't want to slack freshman year then have word get around the teachers lounge you're not a pleasant student to have.
10 Stay True to Yourself
It's easy to become intimidated in high school. Always remember to stay true to what you believe in and who you are. You won't find valuable friends if you allow peer pressure to change you. It's more important to be liked by a few for who you are than to be loved by many for who you are not.
Remember to enjoy the time you have and don't let it pass you by!