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6 Tips To Get You To Graduation!

Last updated January 6, 2020

Making it to graduation successfully is every high school student’s goal. It’s also the key to the next steps in your life, whether that’s college, an apprenticeship, or a job. The key is to remember that it’s a process and while you may feel overwhelmed from time to time, you can do it! In fact, here are six fail-proof tips that are guaranteed to guide you to graduation! 

1. Go to Class

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This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s the smallest and simplest things that tend to really bog us down. Students who typically struggle the most in class are also skipping the most classes. Missing too many days in multiple classes and trying to quickly catch up becomes a very difficult task. Check out our attendance calculator to find out how much attendance matters. Want to graduate? Go to class.

2. Prioritize Your Time

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Prioritizing is another way of figuring out what is most important to complete first. That means you have to really identify the “time sensitive” items and put them at the top of your list. Believe it or not, homework should come before your next Netflix binge! You’ll be surprised how much time management can impact your success in school. Check out this article for more tips on how to manage your time.

3. Get Serious About Studying

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Doing well in school demands more than just showing up. You also have to study. How do you do that? Here are three keys to studying effectively: pay attention in class, take notes in class, and review your notes before your exam. Check out our Studying 101 infographic for key things to think about no matter your studying style.

4. Join a Club or Organization

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In high school there can be a lot of pressure to fit in with your peers, and while it can be hard to ignore at times, always stay true to yourself. Having a few friends can help reduce stress and make it easier to concentrate. The best way to make that happen is to find other students who enjoy the same things you do. The great thing about high school is that there are clubs and organizations devoted to nearly every area of interest. 

5. Talk to Your Teachers

When it comes to doing well in school, your most valuable resource is your teacher. Don’t be afraid of them! Teachers want you to succeed. Ask them for help if you are confused or falling behind. It’s okay to ask your teacher to review a topic more than once. It’s okay to ask questions. It’s okay to seek 1-on-1 help. If something isn’t working, their job is to help you to fix it!

Having good academic relationships with your teachers can work to your advantage if you ever need a recommendation for college, internships, or a job! When a college or employer wants to know more about you, your teachers can be your best advocates.

6. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize!

There is life after high school and much of what you do now will influence it. Whether you decide to go to college, pursue a trade, or join the armed forces, graduating high school is the key to unlocking your next chapter in life. The more dedicated and focused you are as a student, the better your chances are to receive the best possible opportunities for a successful future. So always keep this at the forefront of your mind, especially when things get overwhelming or stressful.

Bonus: Don't let off the gas, finish strong!

During senior year you can be tempted to have late start/early dismissal because you can see the finish line but it’s important to still seek rigor in your class and have a full schedule all year. Colleges love to see students seeking academic challenges!

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