Seven Habits of Highly Successful High School Student

As a teacher, I have seen students come and students go over the years. The most students in high school and in life have similar habits. Seven of the most common ones are:

1. Highly Successful High School Students Are Organized

The successful high school student’s papers may be all over the place right now, but chances are that he has dated them and put on a heading that will help him easily identify the paper when he’s ready to organize. A successful high school student should also have a place where she can keep track of daily assignments, test dates, and other extra curricular activities.

2. Highly Successful High School Students Ask Questions

Questions to clarify assignments…Questions about difficult concepts…Questions about how the material applies to life…Questions about where to get more answers…And more, and more, and more questions. Successful high school students use questions to create an education that is customized to what they need in life.

3. Highly Successful High School Students Have Support

Whether it is a parent, another trusted adult, or a friend that is a phone call away,

successful high school students have someone they can turn to when they need help with an assignment of just need someone to talk to about the stresses of school life.

4. Highly Successful High School Students Focus on Learning, Not Grades

At the end of a homework assignment of study session, a highly successful high school student feels that she is successful is she understands the material. If the end goal of studying is solely to achieve a good grade

5. Highly Successful High School Students Read Independently

School doesn’t teach everything you need to know. The most successful students read on their own, at least 30 minutes a day. Any type of reading works, whether it is a novel for fun, the articles in their favorite magazine, or an online news site.

6. Highly Successful High School Students Are Well-Mannered

Polite people get things done and win allies for the long term in their high school career and in life. From help on homework, to getting a letter of recommendation, to getting a foot in the door for a future career, successful high school students know that their good manners now will have people lining up to help them later on down the road.

7. Highly Successful High School Students Have Fun in School

There’s more to school than class, homework, and lunch. The most successful high school students are involved a few extra curricular-activities, including clubs, sports, community service, and student government.

~ Written by an experienced English teacher in California, 2007

Freshmen: 10 Tips for Success

  • 1:  Believe in yourself
    • Identify your strengths & talents
      • Which school subjects do you like & do well in?
      • What can you do better than most of your friends?
      • What is your proudest accomplishment?
  • 2:  Be organized
    • Have what you need when you go to class (book, pencils, paper, etc)
    • Use a planner to keep track of assignments
    • Organize papers (homework, handouts, etc) in folders
    • Keep backpack & locker neat & organized
    • Get everything ready for the next day before you go to bed
  • 3:  Manage your time
    • Use school time wisely
    • Combine tasks (i.e. Practice a speech while doing the dishes)
    • Make a weekly schedule
  • 4:  Succeed in class
    • Have a positive attitiude
    • Have good attendance
    • Participate in class
    • Do your homework
    • Learn how to adapt
    • Be prepared for class
    • Be a good group member
    • Be respectful
    • Watch your body language
    • Be healthy
  • 5:  Take good notes
    • Recognize important info
    • Take organized notes
    • Use key words to help you study
  • 6:  Know how to read a textbook
    • Scan for a quick overview
    • Read with a purpose
      • Read introductions & summaries carefully
      • Read in a quiet place with good lighting & a comfortable chair
      • Read info out loud if it’s important or difficult
    • Review to remember
  • 7: Study smart
    • Make a plan before you start to study
    • Prioritize work
    • Complete difficult assignments first
    • Focus on one thing at a time
    • If you need to memorize info, do that first & then review it at end of study session
    • Allow more time than you think you’ll need
    • Break down info into smaller parts
    • Alternate types of homework (read English, do math, read history)
    • Take a short break every 20-30 minutes
  • 8:  Know how to write a paper
    • Choose a topic
    • Gather info
    • Organize ideas
    • Write first draft
    • Rethink, revise, rewrite
    • Write final draft
  • 9:  Be a good test taker
    • Get a good night’s sleep
    • Eat a good breakfast
    • When you get your test, if permitted — write anything you want to remember at the top (names, dates, formulas, etc)
    • Read the directions
    • Review entire test to decide how much time to allot to each question
    • Don’t spend too much time on difficult questions
    • Go with first instinct if unsure about answers
    • Check all answers
  • 10: Get help when you need it
    • Know your counselor’s name
    • Know where the counseling office is
    • Know how to see your counselor
    • Know your administrator’s name
    • Identify other people who can help you at school (i.e. school nurse, media specialist, secretaries, security, coach, etc)