Achieving Success for Teens and Parents

  • Friday, April 26, 2013

By Al Foderaro

Focus on Being Successful in School

Teens can become more successful in school by focusing on the following suggestions which will help establish a solid foundation for achieving more positive school and life experiences.

n Go to school each day prepared for every class and ready to actively participate. Being present is not good enough and neither is choosing to show up unprepared. Strive to go to school every day possessing a positive attitude and the desire and willingness to want to learn.

n Seek help from a teacher, tutor, or another student when the class material becomes too difficult. Students who seek help are usually ones who achieve at the higher levels. Falling behind in their academic performance is often a direct result of students not seeking assistance and leads to underachievement and failure. A struggling student needs to find ways to reconnect to his classes and regain a positive attitude by taking advantage of whatever academic support services are available within the school and the community.

n Utilize the wide variety of available school and community programs and resources to gather whatever information you need to make important academic and career decisions. Although schools offer a wide variety of student services to assist with this process, the student needs to seek out and find those services. Take advantage of whatever opportunities the school provides to help develop a solid and realistic academic and career plan.

n Get involved in school and community activities in order to develop good communication and interpersonal skills needed to achieve greater academic and personal success. Accept responsibility for seeking and finding the types of activities that will be most enjoyable. Participation in activities also helps connect the student to the school and creates a more personalized and positive school experience.

n Establish priorities that will allow you to remain focused on achieving your academic and career goals. Most students who underachieve and are unsuccessful do so because they lack the self discipline and motivation necessary to do what is required of them. Concentrate on finishing everything; daily homework, assigned papers and projects, courses, and especially all of the academic requirements needed to graduate.

By adhering to these five suggestions the final result will be a well-rounded, educated person who is well prepared to continue whatever further education or training is needed for a rewarding and satisfying career. It's your decision!

Al Foderaro is a retired college administrator and instructor living in Georgetown County who is the Founder/Executive Director of Life Decisions Group, LLC and co-author of “It's Your Decision for Teens, A Commonsense Guide to Making Better Choices” and “Keys to Student Success”. For information e-mail afoderaro@lifedecisionsgroup.com or go to www.lifedecisionsgroup.com.

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