Back in High School? Read Our Back to School Tips for Teens!
With back to school season in full throttle, it is not uncommon for someone to be nervous about starting school again— especially if you’re a freshman. It can be intimidating, stressful, and nerve-racking, to say the least. As a current high school senior, I feel as though I have some expertise on what to do and what not to do while you are in high school. Here are 5 tips that I think are crucial for making your four years in high school worthwhile, and some of the best years of your life.
1. Be yourself!
Being yourself is not only important in high school, but in life in general. The only way to truly be happy while you’re in school is to be yourself at all times. Understandably, it can be hard to fit in and it is so much easier to act like everyone else and conform into what is considered “cool” and “normal”. But when you are completely yourself, you will attract friends with the same interests and beliefs that you have. In order to make true friends that know you for who you are, don’t be afraid to be yourself. Whatever you are, funny, silly, shy, happy, clumsy, don’t be afraid to showcase those traits to the whole school this season, and make a ton of friends by doing just that!
2. Get involved!
There are so many opportunities in high school to get involved and meet new people. This is a great way to get closer with your classmates who have similar interests as you. Whether you are interested in sports, student council, yearbook, the morning news, or anti-bullying, there is guaranteed going to be a club or organization that you could join into. It is a great feeling to be a part of something, and it is always fun to meet new people and put your extra time and energy into something you are passionate about!
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
One of the biggest differences from high school and middle school is the independence and freedom. Many teachers will leave it up to you to remember and study for tests, projects, and homework assignments. But it is important to remember that they are there to help you! If you have a question about an assignment, don’t be afraid to go to them for assistance. Chances are, they will be happy to help you! This will also give you some alone time with your teacher to build a connection with them, and an advantage when it comes time for final grades. Often, if a teacher notices your effort to do well, they can even give you a few extra points to help your grade out. All in all, needing help is never a bad thing and there are no disadvantages to asking for it!
4. Stay organized.
One of the keys of succeeding in high school is staying organized. It is important to find what works best for you, whether you want to keep all of your papers together in a folder, binder, file, notebook, or anything else you find. It also helps to color-coordinate your school supplies by the subject. This way, it is easier to grab your things quickly for the next class rather than digging through the labels of the same 8 folders in your locker. Also, while taking notes, try using different colored pens or highlighters to separate definitions, important people, or significant dates. Not only does this make it easier to study, but it is also a fun way to stay focused in class and have colorful and cute notes!
5. Always be prepared.
In order to ensure a good grade in every subject, it is so important to be prepared for class every day. Make sure to have your essentials with you at all times: a writing utensil, a folder or binder to keep your papers together, and any assignments that are due that day. This will avoid the frustration of asking your teacher to run to your locker during class, or having to bother the person sitting next to you for a pencil. It is also crucial to be keeping up with your notes and reading assignments, because it is not uncommon for teachers to surprise you with pop quizzes! It also might be good to have a small bag in your backpack with personal items that you may need throughout the day: a hair tie, a snack, advil if you feel sick, lotion, hand sanitizer, and anything else that you would feel is essential! It’s never a bad thing to be too prepared!
Hopefully if you follow these back to school tips for teens it will help you to get ready for this back to school season! Just remember to be yourself, get involved, ask for help when you need it, stay organized, and come prepared each day. If you stick to this short survival guide, I can assure you that your time in high school will be a breeze!
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