With the country’s shift towards the K-12 program, many kids today are starting to feel the pressure of the new curriculum even before they step foot in this brave new world. But don’t worry! Despite the name, senior high school is a lot like your previous grades, only this time, the classes you’ll be taking are geared towards a more advanced approach to familiar subjects.
Will it be more difficult? Well, it depends on how hard you work! Here are some tips for kids entering senior high, and how they can start the last years of their high school life with determination and confidence:
Read the Fine Print!
Every school follows a general curriculum that’s set by the government, but each school will also have small nuances in how they teach certain subjects and the kind of educational strands they offer. Read your senior high school application form very carefully: this will help you decide on whether the school you’re applying to is the right fit for you and your learning style. And yes, you should be the one doing it! Remember: you are a senior now, so take charge of what you can when you can and don’t rely completely on mom and dad!
Choose Your Educational Track and Strand Carefully
Let’s make one thing clear: just because you take a STEM track doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take a career in STEM, you’ll always be free to do whatever you want. However, consider the fact that your strand in senior high school is going to determine the kind of skill sets you’ll have when you enter college and, eventually, the work force. Choose something that you love studying, and the whole senior high school experience is going to be so much easier (not to mention much more fun) for you!
Take it from a guy who has shifted through multiple courses in college: it’s a huge hassle, so reflect on your interests, choose the right strand, and hit the books.
Senior High School Doesn’t Have to Be Awful
Netflix and Hollywood have convinced us that high school can be one of the worst experiences of your life. But guess what? It doesn’t have to be! Senior high school kids should be past that age of teenage indiscretions and pivoting towards building more mature mindsets and relationships. This is where you’ll start to take classes with people who share the same interests and passions as you, so take advantage of that and make as many friends as possible.
Strike a Balance Between Fun and Learning
Yes, senior high school can be one of the most fun experiences of your life, but don’t let that get in the way of your education! We mentioned earlier that the difficulties you’ll face in senior high school is entirely dependent on how much effort you put in to your studies: the less effort you put in, the more difficult it will be. But put in the right amount of effort, and even calculus is going to be a breeze (ok, that’s a lie, calculus will always be difficult, so pay attention in class!).
Senior high school is a fun and exciting time for any child, and it’s a great opportunity to hone your skills and talents to really bring out your potential.