Surviving School

Lets face it. School is a huge part of your life, whether you want it to be or not. Might as well make the most of it! We help make sure you get the grade, get involved and actually enjoy your busy school days.

Own Your Education!


Oh to be young again! You are probably fed up with adults telling you that these are the best years of your life.  However, the truth is they kind of are.  

Ok, so it’s easy for us to forget how hard it is growing up and learning so much stuff.  As you hit mid teens you feel like you know so much yet are talked to with such little respect, or maybe you want to control your destiny a little more but feel like you are being held back.  Whilst it is incredibly hard to respect that your teachers and parents may know best and are tasked with the huge responsibility of ensuring you are educated, healthy and safe, you do have to trust in your adult peers to do just that.  However there are many ways you can take control.  So let’s take a look at what you can do to ensure you are on the path you want to walk.

Education is probably going to be the biggest part of your life until you are around 24 years old.  Once you finish school you will have far more choices on which lessons you take, how you study and where you study.  Until then you kind of have to let your parents and teachers guide you.  That doesn’t mean you can’t throw a few ideas into the pot too.

Perhaps you are desperate to learn more about Europe.  Who can blame you?  As we get older it becomes harder for us to take time out and travel.  You may get the opportunity to do this if you take a gap year, however with more and more people looking for work and stiffer competition than ever before, you might be better off skipping your gap year and working through.  So, this is where you need to start thinking a little outside the box.

Your school will do many different types of school trips throughout the year.  Some of these will be local and during school time, others might be far away and eat into your vacation time.  There is a lot of planning involved, so don’t take these trips for granted, however, maybe you could do some planning of your own.

If there is enough interest in your idea and it fits with the projects your school has set for you, then there is no reason you couldn’t present your idea to your school principal.  In fact, if you can nail out a fantastic pitch, writing all the reasons you think you should go there, researching companies who may be able to take on the organisation and you have a list of pupils who would be up for heading out, you might just impress your tutors so much they ace your plan.

There are some great ideas for the ultimate school trip online, you don’t have to be a teacher to research the idea or to get in touch with the companies to discover all the information.  In fact it is going to help your pitch if you have already spoken to a company who can provide a full package and got all the info.  

Being able to answer all the questions your teachers are going to throw at you, will stand you ten steps ahead of them.  Think about why the trip would benefit your education and if you can link one trip to be positive across 4 or 5 subjects this will work in your favour.  You might be going because you are fascinated by the art, but don’t forget a few days looking at art and architecture will also involve history, geography and cuisine.  So you can link it through to make it a really great, multi subject trip.

Of course there are other ways you can take control of your education too.  Whilst it can seem a little dorky to become a school president it is actually the opposite of that.  Being a school president means you have a say in how your education works.  So it will really play in your favour and give you that respect you have been craving.  You will finally have a voice, so you need to use it for good (no evil geniuses here please)

We have a great guide for getting to the oval office of your class.

Firstly, you are going to find it easier to get ahead if you are involved from your freshman year and continuing that involvement every year.  You will need to participate in sports, volunteer to work on homecoming floats, decorate the gym for dances, and basically get to know the other students at your school besides your core group of friends. Make everybody know your name. If your school offers a class associated with the student body, sign up. This is all great networking experience for later life too, so by embarking on a campaign now you may be giving yourself the extra edge as you head to your first job. If everyone knows your name and you have been friendly and fun, when the time comes to run for class president, you’ll be remembered in the voting booth for your involvement and dedication to the school.

The best way to begin your campaign is to be the first to start campaigning.  Get out there and talk to people as soon as the political season opens.  Keep talking.  Be direct and ask people for signatures.  Don’t just get the ones you are required, get as many as you can.  Hitting it hard and fast means you can ingrain your name and your commitment in your fellow students.  Especially if you have taken the time to get to know what they want.  Give them a voice too.

You don’t have to be a teacher’s pet but it is going to pay if you build a rapport with a couple of teachers.  Keep your grades high too.  You need the respect of the faculty as well as your classmates.  It isn’t uncommon for the faculty members to provide recommendations for office eligibility.  Your teachers will also want students in office who recognize their own interest in the campus because it is you that will be called up to represent your school in front of committees or the district office.  If you have a high quality of work and respect with teachers then they will have the faith in you to represent them best.  Which is a great way of showing you are trusted and respected by the adults who have your future in their hands.  

Listening to your classmates is vital.  Ask them what they want you to accomplish.  If it is realistic then pursue it.  You need the masses to showcase your intentions within your campaign speech so if it touches a note with enough people, you are going to get a great reception.  

Believe in what you say you plan to do in your campaign platform. If you say, for instance, that you plan to begin new traditions, believe in your goal. Don’t repeat what you think your classmates want to hear. Instead, commit yourself to public service. At the same time, think “outside the box.” Come up with your own creative goals for the school.  But don’t make unrealistic campaign promises.  Taking hump day off of school might sound ace in your head, but it isn’t going to happen and will make you lose credibility.  

So when the actual president runs for power they won’t get far if they spend the whole time cracking jokes, however in high school politics you earn points for being funny.  When faced with questions on the campaign trail the best answers are those where you make the students laugh but address the issue, too.  The same goes for speeches. Throw in a joke or two, you know the score, young people love to laugh.  So go for that.  Leave the dullsville speeches to everyone else.

Taking control of your education is possible, you just need to do it in the right way.  So stop pushing the wrong buttons.  Get your head down, think about what it is you want and find a way to take control.

Teachers and parents love to see us putting all the passion we have to good use.  If we are wasting it at home chasing unrealistic goals then we end up being met with resistance.  However if you can put your thoughts down on paper and create a reasoned and grown up proposal you will find you are met with respect and, ultimately, trust.  You might not win every pitch you put out there, but at least you will win the respect of the people who are in charge.

If you can nurture these skills now, you will have a far more rounded future.  Know which battles are worth fighting and which are not.  Then dedicate yourself and push through with your ideas.  

You don’t have much control over your life, so make it count where you do.

 



Enjoy School? You Heard Right!


Okay, few people think of school and enjoyment in the same sentence. Even so, it’s true that your school years are some of the best. It may not feel like it now, but your school life is the time when you have the most freedom and possibility for fun. Once you get a job, you’ll realize that school wasn’t so bad. Not that there’s anything wrong with working. But, the strict hours will show you that school wasn’t as terrible as you thought. The good news is, there are a few ways to ensure you appreciate school while you’re there!

HARNESS YOUR DESIRE TO LEARN

Learning doesn’t feel like a privilege when you’re doing it every day. Plus, there’s the fact that you’re often learning subjects you didn’t choose. Even so, many adults have a desire for knowledge that they can’t achieve. Make the most of school by harnessing your learning desire from a young age. There are always going to be subjects you enjoy less. Even so, try to see the interesting side of what you’re taught. This information is relevant; else you wouldn’t be learning it! Develop an analytic mind, and absorb that information like a sponge. Learning isn’t half as painful when you want to do it!

A GOOD FRIENDSHIP GROUP

School is one of the only times where you can muck about with your mates for a large part of the day. Unless a teacher is strict, they’ll allow you to at least talk to friends about your work. And, there’s no reason you can’t have a laugh about that. Learning is fun remember! Once you’re in the workplace, though, you’re not so free to laugh and joke when you want to. There’s still laughter of course, just not so much of it. Make the most of your friendship freedom by developing a good friendship group. That’s not to say you need a huge amount of friends around you. Focus on finding two or three friends who you know can make you laugh. If you have trouble branching out, look into extracurricular activities. Joining a group is a fantastic way to meet people with similar interests.

LEAVE THE FUTURE WHERE IT IS

Short of reading your horoscopes on a site like Astrostyle, you have no way of knowing what the future holds. Stressing about it is going to ruin your school days. And remember, these are the most stress free days of your life! Instead of worrying about what awaits, focus on the here and now. That’s not to say you shouldn’t work towards the future, just that it’s not worth worrying about right now!

FIND A FUN WAY OF LEARNING

We’ve already spoken about developing a passion for learning. It can also help to find fun ways of learning. This will help you enjoy your time, and may also help you remember information better. Of course, in class you’re a bit stuck. But, go ahead and apply your own learning methods during homework and revision!



Stopping Stress Getting In The Way Of Your School Life


They say that your school days are meant to be the best days of your life. This can be true in many cases, but they can also be some of the most stressful times as well. There is so much focus on doing well in exams and getting into college – as well as keeping on top of all extracurricular activities – that sometimes it can all get a bit too much. Many teenagers in the education system admit to feeling overly stressed or anxious as a result of their studies – something that can have a negative impact on your academic performance, as well as your social life. High school doesn’t last forever, and like most people, you probably want to have happy memories of it. If school related stress is getting you down, here are some ways you can manage your anxieties.

Get enough sleep

This might seem obvious – after all, your parents are forever nagging at you to go to bed at a reasonable time, when all you want to do is stay up and watch Dance Moms. But unfortunately, on this occasion they might have a point. Being sleep deprived means that your brain struggles to concentrate and you won’t be as sharp in lessons, meaning that your grades are at risk of slipping. If you don’t already have one, try to implement a relaxing bedtime routine that helps you to wind down. Create a safe space in your bedroom with the help of candles and dim lighting – you can even look into the effects of gemstones to aid in helping you drift off to sleep.

Drop some of the extra curricular stuff

When we are in junior school, we are used to being a part of lots of sports teams, drama clubs and various other classes taking part outside of school hours. But once we have moved up to high school our studies intensify and it becomes more and more difficult to keep on top of all these extra things – as well as having a social life too! If you try and do it all, you will eventually burn out, and again, your grades may end up suffering as a result. Take a look at the classes and clubs you are a part of and see if there’s any of them that you wouldn’t mind dropping – thus giving you more time to relax and check in with yourself.

Tackle your assignments one at a time

We all know how it feels when a deadline is approaching and we try and do a million things at once. Our words and thoughts get jumbled and what we end up producing all seems a little disjointed. To produce assignments of quality, only focus on one at a time – the most pressing one comes first. That way, you can give the task all of your focus and you and concentrate your flow of thought on one particular topic, before moving onto the next task.



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