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How To Achieve High School Success
By Karate World Champion Clint Cora

Your years at high school are when you should begin to think about achieving success in life.  Here are some suggestions that will show you how to achieve high school success in order to prepare you for whatever lies ahead for your future. 


What Subjects To Study For High School Success

If you know what you want to take at university, college or trade school, you should take similar subjects during high school if possible.  For example, if you want to take sciences or languages at university or college, then take sciences or languages in high school.  This would only make sense as they will help prepare you for higher level courses at college.  However, it is also useful to fill up the rest of your classes with a variety of subjects in order to get a wider field of knowledge.

There might be some mandatory subjects like algebra math that you will consider to be of no use in life.  You might be sitting in the classroom wondering why the heck you’re learning this stuff anyway.  I know I did!  Then I realized years later that the purpose of taking these useless (and often difficult) subjects was not to be able to use them in the real world.  Their purpose was to teach you to think at higher levels.  

These subjects challenge your brain and help sharpen your mind.  Think of these as mental exercise.  A sharp mind will help you in a future career, plan for your investments, deal with relationships or anything else that will require some brainpower.  Just think of these subjects as tools to train your mind since a well developed mind will help you when you finally get out on your own.


How To Study For High School Success

It’s great listening to music blasting away in your room but if your head isn’t absorbing the stuff you’re suppose to be studying and your grades really stink, then you need a change in study environment.  This means turning off the tunes until your study session is done.   Close the door and even consider not taking any telephone calls during your study session.  Turn off that cellphone.  If it’s really important, our friends will leave a message and you can retrieve them after you are done studying.  

Can’t concentrate at home or friends are always interrupting?  Then hit the library.   Put in the time to study like it’s part of your duty.  The last thing you want is your friends preventing you from achieving high school success.  Some teachers might hassle you if your grades are low or if your assignments are late.  

At university, nobody is going to be on your case to study.  This might sound good to you but if your study habits are lousy at university or college, you might end up failing out and many professors there won’t really care.   It really pays to develop good study habits while you are still in high school because believe me, you will need them later during university or college.  If you fail out of college later, you would have wasted so much money.  So don't fail out and the best way to prevent this from happening is to make sure that you develop good study habits while still in high school - see the video below. 



Grades – Are They Important For High School Success?

I realized during my senior high school years that a main reason for even showing up for classes was to make sure that I get accepted into a school of higher education, whether it’s university or college.   For me, that was one of the indicators if I achieved high school success or not.  Since you usually need to get decent marks to get into one, especially the top places, grades are important.   

Even if you would rather get a job or start a family full time right after high school graduation, it is still helpful to maximize your grades.  This is because you may change your mind a few years down the road.   Many decide to return to school when they realize they could get a higher paying job with higher education.  Of course, you may never ever want to go for higher education but at least if you had decent grades during high school, you will have that option open to you in the future.  Better to be safe than sorry because you never know.  

Having said that, grades are not the only important thing in order to achieve high school success.  There are other elements like attitude and lifestyle which are equally or even more important than grades, believe it or not.  These will be discussed in another article about being successful in high school.  

See my High Schools and Youth Groups Speaking Programs and refer me to your principal if you would like to have me come to your high school as a guest speaker. 


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