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You see your teachers almost every day of the week, but are you making the most of this time? It’s not enough to simply be a student in class; forging great relationships with your teachers can really have its benefits!
Benefit #1: College Suggestions
You may know exactly where you want to go to college. On the other hand, you may have no idea! When you get to know a teacher well, he or she may be able to recommend schools you may be interested in. Your teachers know a thing or two about college – after all, they’ve already attended and graduated! The more you share about yourself (like where you want to attend school, what you’re interested in studying, and your personal interests), the greater your chances a few teachers will be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to potential colleges.
Benefit #2: Scholarship Insight
Searching for scholarships can be exhausting and anyone could use help doing it! If your teachers know you’re skilled in a certain area or qualified for a certain award, they may be willing to tell you about it. For example, your biology teacher may be impressed with your knack for the subject and be able to tell you about a scholarship program you can apply for.
Benefit #3: Recommendation Letters
Everyone needs a recommendation letter at some point. Whether you’re filling out college, scholarship, or internship applications, it’s rare you’ll never be asked to submit a letter of recommendation! Building good relationships with your teachers now ensures they’ll be able to write glowing reviews when you need them.
How Do I Build Good Relationships With My Teachers?
Believe it or not, it just isn’t hard to get along well with your teachers! Do your homework, participate in class, and ask when you need help. Visit during a few office hour sessions, and you’re well on your way to building a strong and valuable relationship with your favorite teachers.
We all need help sometimes. No matter what type of problem you’re struggling with, there’s always someone to turn to. It’s not uncommon for high school students to feel overwhelmed or overworked, especially when they’re knee-deep in college and scholarship applications; in fact, a study conducted on behalf of the American Psychological Association showed teens report higher stress levels than adults!
We’ve listed out a few of the common problems teens face that can cause stress and where you can turn to deal with them.
Homework and Grades
Turn to your teachers when you struggle with homework or keeping your grades up. That’s what teachers are there for! They want to see you succeed, so don’t feel uncomfortable asking for extra help or clarification on a topic you just don’t get.
If you’re still shy about asking for help from your teachers, turn to friends who are taking the same classes as you. Hearing something explained in a new way or doing homework together may help those tough topics finally click. And don’t forget – your parents were in school once too! Most parents are more than willing to help their teens with schoolwork when they need assistance.
Every high school student has an argument or falling out with a friend or two at some point. If you have another group of friends who aren’t involved in the situation, talk to them about the problem and how you can solve it. Their distance can often help you cool off and come up with a solution to make things right again.
Your parents are also great people to ask when you need help solving an issue with a friend. They’ve probably had a fight with someone they cared about at some point, and they can help you approach the situation in a mature and responsible way.
If your school has a peer mediation program, use it! Getting help from other students in your school you don’t know well can give you a fresh perspective and resolve the problems you’re facing with your friends.
With Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook, it seems like there’s always pressure to portray your most interesting, smartest, and best self to the world. Isn’t it exhausting? Take a break from social media for a few days – you might be surprised at how little you miss it. If you don’t want to cut it out entirely, limit checking your profiles to just a few times a day.
How to Manage Stress
After talking it out with someone you might still feel concerned, and that’s perfectly normal! You can alleviate your worries by getting regular exercise, eating healthy foods, getting plenty of rest, spending time outside, and participating in the activities you love.
What’s your GPA? If you can’t answer that question off the top of your head, you aren’t paying enough attention to this number. It seems insignificant, but it actually has a huge impact when you’re looking at colleges.
Let’s tackle some of the most important FAQs surrounding GPA.
What Exactly is a GPA?
In short, your GPA (or grade point average) takes into account all the grades you’ve gotten throughout high school. It’s a quick summary of your academic career. In general, the higher your GPA, the better grades you’ve earned.
Here’s a quick guide to how your grades translate into GPA:
A = 4
B = 3
C = 2
D = 1
That means if you get straight-As, you’ll have a 4.0. Half As and half Bs will give you a 3.5.
Keep in mind that some schools calculate GPA a bit differently, and some also count Advanced Placement or honors classes as a higher number. Ask your counselor if you aren’t sure how your school determines GPA.
Why Does it Matter?
Colleges want students with high GPAs. It’s that simple. The better your GPA is, the more likely you are to get into your top-choice colleges.
A higher GPA also boosts your chances of getting grants or scholarships.
Is My GPA Above Average?
A study from the U.S. Department of Education showed the average high school GPA is 3.03. That’s just above a B average.
Help! My GPA Isn’t Where I Want it to Be.
Slacking off a little the first few years of high school won’t hurt you, right? Wrong! Every bad grade counts toward your GPA, so try your hardest in every class you’re taking.
There are a few ways you can increase your GPA if you’re getting worried. Talk to your teachers if you’re struggling to understand anything – getting help when you need it has a huge impact on your grade (and your GPA!).
Will Any Colleges Accept My Low GPA?
Yes! There’s a school for everyone, even if your GPA doesn’t really reflect what you’re capable of. Some colleges don’t put as much emphasis on GPA, and you can always save money by attending a community college before transferring to a four-year university – these schools typically accept applicants who have struggled to keep up high GPAs.
You can calculate your chances of getting into your dream school, or talk to your counselor about whether or not your college goals are realistic.
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