a year ago
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How to have a step by step plan for high school and achieve good grades at the same time without it being too hard?

I'm a high school freshman going on 10th.

Have no idea what I'm going to be in the future. It's really confusing to be the only one in your friend group without a proper plan.

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a year ago

I am in the same situation, so don't worry about it. Here are some things that I have been doing to build a plan:

1. Trying any extracurricular that interests you. Eventually, you will learn which ones stick and which ones you are not interested in. By taking the risk, I was able to learn what activities I was most interested in.

2. Don't be afraid to ask. It might seem dumb to ask questions to teachers or counselors, but likely be will be more than willing to help you.

3. Research. I don't stress over this too much, but watching Youtube videos helps me learn more about what paths I might be interested in.

4. Help others. This one might seem kind of corny, but helping others by volunteering can genuinely be a great way to learn about yourself. Plus, it looks great on applications.

5. Make a plan. I think that this one can seem stressful, but it doesn't have to be that way. Instead, make a loose plan on a spreadsheet or calendar of things you want to do throughout your school year. Make sure to write down important deadlines!

a year ago

Hey there! Don't worry, it's totally fine if you are feeling unsure about the future. It's completely normal to feel that way, especially at your age. There are probably many other people in your position right now so you're not alone. The good news is that it's never too late to start planning for your future, and it's great that you're already thinking about it. To start, I would advise you to set short-term and long-term goals for yourself. Long-term goals are those you want to accomplish over the course of several years, and short-term goals are those you want to accomplish over the course of the next few months or year. For instance, a short-term goal would be to study for 30 minutes longer each day in order to raise your grade in one particular topic. A long-term goal can be to enroll in a specific institution or university that requires certain grades and extracurricular involvement. Prioritize your time and make a schedule for yourself as well. Make sure you allocate time for leisure, extracurricular activities, homework, and study. Find activities you enjoy doing as a hobby and start building up on them. You can start small by joining clubs and camps and later you could teach a camp about your interests to those who may share those interests to building a non-profit organization surrounding your interests. Breaking everything down into smaller and more doable tasks will help it feel more manageable even though it may have initially seemed daunting. Finally, don't be hesitant to ask for advice from your teachers, counselors, or your friends since they already have an idea of what they want to do in the near future. If you need support with college or career planning, speak with your teachers or a guidance counselor. You still have a few years before college applications but it's better to start earlier than to start later. Keep in mind that everyone's journey is unique, so don't worry if you don't have everything sorted out just yet. Just keep working hard and remain focused on your goals and everything will be just fine. I hope this can help!

a year ago[edited]

High school can be very stressful, so it is essential for you to take care of your mental health. Good mental health is a building block for a successful anything (in your case a successful high school experience). You also need to take care of your physical health. Together they both help you to be as prepared as you can be.

Now for you to achieve good grades you have to experiment with studying techniques. Research scientifically supported study techniques and commit to trying them out till you manage to build a system specific to you.

You also have to watch out for wasted time. You have to make sure you are managing your time well. Look at how you use your phone. Could you avoid certain activities?

Make sure you have an enjoyable but productive summer. Don't just do the fun thing. Study something or read a book. Work on your ECs. Because if you have no self-control in summer it would be very hard to go back to the hard days of school. And it would be a great time to experiment with your studying techniques.

And finally, try new things. It is totally alright not to know what you want to do. But you will definitely discover your passion faster when you try out new things and see what makes you really happy. And you don't have to discover everything right now. Just make sure you do what you like for now and things will slip into place.

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