Transitioning from middle school to high school may seem like a scary or monumental process, but in reality it should be very exciting and is nothing to worry about. About 8 years ago I was making the transition from middle school to high school and was probably the most nervous student possible. This article will take a look 10 tips that will help make the change easy and what to look forward to academically and socially.
1. Heavier Course Load
High school is harder than middle school as far as school work, but it is nothing to worry about. The harder course load is easily managed with proper time management and studying, I would suggest making a schedule and sticking to it for homework after school.
Attendance is often overlooked in the transition from middle school to high school, but in high school you have different teachers for every class, and missing even one day could put you far behind your peers. Trying your best not to miss school will help you greatly here.
3. Social Butterflies
Everyone is worried about the social life in high school vs. middle school; the best advice is to be as social as possible and make as many friends as you can. Everyone else is going to be just as nervous and being anti social will only hurt you in the end.
In high school you don’t need a laptop but you certainly need a computer, so unless you are coming out of the Dark Age’s chances are you already have one. If you do not have a computer already I would recommend getting an HP Pavilion Laptop (any trim) since they are inexpensive and work very well, the HP laptops can be found at www.bestbuy.com.
5. Binders Instead of Notebooks
During high school I struggled to figure out which was better, notebooks or binders for my classes. It took me until college to figure out that binders with loose-leaf paper is far superior to notebooks since it is much easier to organize.
Your schedule in high school could include up to 8 classes per day, which is even hard to think about as a college student! You should take challenging classes, but only take what you can handle or else your GPA will suffer.
7. Extracurricular Activities
Trying to meet friends and fit in at high school can be very hard, and some people never figure it out. Joining extracurricular activities that interest you will give you a new set of friends that have a common goal; it’s a great way to find your clique.
Although not every student is gifted with athletics there are many club teams in most high schools and freshman teams. Sports are a great way to meet new people and have fun! Did I mention that it looks great on your college resume if you stick to it most of high school?
9. Parents Need to Be Supportive
Supportive parents are the backbone for any successful high school student! Parent’s these will be the hardest 4 years your child has to go through up to this point in their life, therefore being supportive and helping with school work or social problems goes a long way.
10. Fashion Trends
Unfortunately having the right clothes or the major labels is a huge part of looking the part in high school. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on clothing; if you shop clearance you can get very good deals. The proper attire is very important, any parent who says otherwise is fooling themselves, or had a very different high school experience than modern children. Ask your children or their friends what’s in style and go from there, don’t fight it just look for deals and you may be happily surprised that you are not paying an arm and a leg for the “in style” clothing.