Finding success in high school is critical to finding success in college. In fact, it is critical to even getting in to college.
If you, or your child is having trouble with high school work, there are skills that you can work on developing that will help mitigate the situation, and succeed not just in school, but in life. Below you will find a list of the six skills that every high school student needs to find success.
You’ll never know if you are succeeding if you don’t have a goal in mind, right? Goal setting both gives a student something to work for, and then helps them to better consider whether or not they are making progress.
Setting goals can be as simple as writing a list of what you want to accomplish down on a piece of paper, or as in depth as recording every step you intend to take to make your aspirations come to life.
The best way to improve your skills at goal setting is simply to start setting some goals.
Free time is fun, but at some point, a student needs to be able to pull themselves back to their school work.
Discipline is the way that you can make sure this happens. Discipline often means skipping something fun in the present, in order to prepare to receive better results in the future.
Developing discipline at the high school age is critical, as it is a skill that adults of every age use to find success. Simply put, without discipline, you probably will not get very far.
Unfortunately, discipline is a skill that is going to have to come from within. There are no classes that you can take that will teach discipline.
To master this skill, you will simply need to get in the habit of consistently making decisions to work hard, even when there are temptations to do otherwise.
Communication is an all encompassing skill. It refers to the way in which you are able to articulate thoughts and ideas both through your spoken words, and through your writing.
Communication is critical in demonstrating aptitude in school, and work, but it is also simply a critical component of life.
We live in an age of constant digital communication. One’s ability to communicate is tested constantly now, in person, on the page, and online.
Students and grown adults of every age are well advised to constantly be improving their communication skills.
To become an adept communicator you will want to improve both your skills as a writer, and even work on your ability to hold a simple conversation with other people.
Almost every job out there requires some degree of team work. While team work may not seem extremely important in the high school setting, getting good at it certainly is.
In order for most companies to thrive, they need good teams on their staff. This is as true of grocery stores as it is most corporate oriented fortune five hundred companies.
Simply put, employers are going to look for employees that are good at working with others. If that isn’t you, chances are that you will have difficulty keeping a job for very long.
Group projects, sports, and clubs are all great ways to work on collaboration skills as a high school student.
Ethics are a critical component of life as a student, a friend, a family member, an employee, and so on and so forth.
The rosy ideal is that ethical behavior is its own reward, and while this may be true, there are also concrete ways in which the ethical flourish.
In a world where only 28% of people trust that companies behave virtuously, demonstrating unshakable ethics can set you apart, and help you rise through the ranks of your future place of employment.
Practicing good ethics simply means that you behave with honesty and integrity, even when no one else is looking.
Last, but not least, you are going to want to learn how to be at least a little bit tech savvy. As optimization continues to take more and more labor jobs, it is becoming increasingly obvious that the workforce of the future will need to be technologically adept in order to find success.
Even students that do not want to study in the field of technology full time will be well served by taking classes to keep their knowledge current.