The problem at the start of every year involving education, you promise yourself that this is the year you're going to make an effort, a week later, old habits die hard. I've compiled a list of things to do this year to make the most of the school year.
Vision the Bigger Picture
I really wished I had done this when I started my A-Levels. I would sit in class and completely zone out and think about unicorns. It may be hard to do the work you should do or to listen when you're bored out of your mind but think about how it could impact your future. That should, hopefully, give you the kick in the butt you need to realise that a few moments of 'torture' would be completely beneficial to how well you succeed in the future, whatever you want to do.
All Work and No Play May Turn You Into a Murderer
MAY! I'm just going off what I've seen on TV. Anyway, study hard, give 100% to your work but don't let that be who you are. Go out and enjoy yourself. These years of school may be important but we should form good memories from them. We should be able o reminisce and think about how much fun we had with our friends, no one tells stories about the fun they had with their text books. The important thing to remember is time management. That's really the key.
Don't Hesitate Asking For Help
This was the biggest problem for me. I never asked for help, even when I felt that I wanted to crawl into a whole and be left alone. There's no shame in asking for help, no one will judge you. No one understands everything straight away, sometimes all it takes is for a sentence to be reworded or rephrased and boom, you've just passed your Maths exam!
Whatever Happens, It's Not The End of the World
Failing an exam doesn't mean your world is going to collapse. There is never, in life, a point of no return. Never. You can always bounce back with the right attitude. If you fail, so what, you'll try again or you'll find another way to get what you want. My teacher always reassured my class that if we fail an exam, it's not going to define who we are in the future. Exams aren't as important as they are made to be. Sure, they are important, but your whole future shouldn't result on what you wrote on a piece of paper.