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7 Tips for a Smooth Transition to High School

Posted April 2nd, 2019

The transition to high school is one that makes everyone a little leery. Parents and teens alike recognize the significance of these four years. Whether it is taking on more challenging academics, widening social circles, or preparing for college, how this time is spent has a direct impact on future success. Preparing to make the most of high school is not only wise, it is vital. If you feel overwhelmed by the changes coming, there are simple ways to get ready for a highly successful ninth grade year, and beyond. Start planning for a smooth transition now.

Choose Well
The most important way to prepare for a smooth transition to high school is to choose a learning environment that meets your needs and goals. Changing schools may seem overwhelming, but the rewards often make it worthwhile. Research and visit well in advance.

Select Courses
You don’t have to wait for college to choose your own classes. Tailor your course load to your unique goals by choosing advanced classes, and explore areas of interest through electives.

Try Something New
Think about unexplored interests and passions and look for extracurricular activities in those areas. This will also help build new friendships based on shared interests.

Plan for Study
High school will likely require more study time than middle school. Whether studying for a quiz, or preparing for the SAT, set a routine and a location that is free from distractions and conducive for success.

Seek Mentors
The value of positive mentorship in high school cannot be overstated. If mentors are not already in place, make it a point to seek those out in high school. They could be a teacher, a coach, or even an older student.

Start Prioritizing
Learn how to direct your time and skills now to avoid setting yourself up for failure and stress. No one can do it all, so start by identifying the things that are most important to you.

Evaluate Relationships
How do you feel about the friendships developed in middle school? There is always room to build more positive relationships and a supportive community of peers.

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