When it comes to studying in high school, you should think carefully about what subjects to study as well as how you study. This will make sure that you will become a big success during high school.
If you know what you want to take at university, college or trade school, you should take similar subjects during high school if possible. For example, if you want to take sciences or languages at university, then take sciences or languages in high school. Makes sense? However, it is also useful to fill up the rest of your classes with a variety of subjects in order to get a wider field of knowledge.
There might be some mandatory subjects like algebra math that you will consider to be of no use in life. You might be sitting in the classroom wondering why the heck you're learning this stuff anyway. I know I did! Then I realized years later that the purpose of taking these useless (but difficult) subjects was not to be able to use them in the real world. Their purpose was to teach you to think at higher levels. These subjects challenge your brains and help sharpen your minds. Think of these as mental exercise. A sharp mind will help you in a future career, plan for your investments or anything else that will require some brainpower.
As far as how to study, it's great listening to music blasting away in your room but if your head isn't absorbing the stuff you're suppose to be studying and your grades are poor, then you need a change in study environment. This means turning off the tunes until your study session is done. Close the door and even consider not taking any telephone calls during your study session.
Can't concentrate at home or friends are always interrupting? Then hit the library. Put in the time to study like it's part of your duty. Some teachers might hassle you if your grades stink or if your assignments are late. At university, nobody is going to be on your case to study. This might sound good but if your study habits are lousy at university or college, you might end up failing out and many professors there won't really care. It really pays to develop good study habits while you are still in high school because believe me, you will need them later during university or college.
I realized during my senior high school years that a main reason for even showing up for classes was to make sure that I get accepted into a school of higher education, whether it's university or college. Since you usually need to get decent marks to get into one, especially the top places, grades are important.
Even if you would rather get a job or start a family full time right after high school graduation, it is still helpful to maximize your grades. This is because you may change your mind a few years down the road. Many decide to return to school when they realize they could get a higher paying job with higher education. Of course, you may never ever want to go for higher education but at least if you had decent grades during high school, you will have that option open to you in the future. Better to be safe than sorry because you never know.
Finally, in addition to grades, you should try to learn good people skills early since these skills will end up being as important, if not more important in your future career, than actual grades. Realizing this right now will really help make you a success not only in high school, but also after graduation.
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