- Your teachers want you to succeed
You may not believe this, especially when you can never get an A on your physics test no matter how hard you study, but it's true. Teachers want to see you to succeed, they wouldn't have become a teacher if that wasn't the case. Set up a meeting with your teacher to ask for study tips, get extra help on the homework, or to go over a test and pinpoint where you are making mistakes.
- Your parents are probably right
Your parents are working hard to create opportunities for you that they didn't have themselves. They've been in exactly your position before and they have advice for you that you might ignore now, but will one day wish you had taken. Save yourself some trouble and a few regrets and listen to what they have to say.
- Your health is important above all
Grades are important, there is no disputing that fact. However, with the emphasis on the value of good grades we sometimes forget the significance of good mental and physical health. Make sure you are sleeping enough, eating the right foods and moving around a little. Furthermore, if you find yourself so anxious about your grades and school that it's affecting your ability to function, talk to someone.
- Take time to enjoy the present
Yes, high school is an important time for setting yourself up for a successful future. That doesn't mean, though, that you shouldn't be enjoying your present. High school is an exciting time to try new things and an experience you'll only get one of.
- Learning is a privilege
Oftentimes, we get so caught up in good grades and getting into a prestigious college that we forget what a privilege it is to simply be able to sit in a classroom and learn. No matter what you would like to do with your life, a good education is the foundation for success and an opportunity you are very lucky to have.
- Be Confident
Whether it's answering a test question or walking down the hallway, do things with confidence. Don't let mistakes shake your overall confidence in yourself. Other's will constantly be questioning your capabilities, so it's important to believe in yourself.
High school is an exciting time full of accomplishments and lessons learned. Keep track of everything by creating a portfolio.