Moving on to the next school level can be a very daunting time in a student’s life. They will be experiencing new teachers, new rules, and new subjects, all possibly with new friends. It’s important for students to prepare for the next step because it can pay dividends from the start, and starting off on the right foot can lead to a path of consistent academic success. In each of the three major transitions–middle school, high school and college–there are a variety of things students can do to become prepared.
Over the three years of middle school is when students reach their teens, so they are very formative years. Students have to be prepared to interact with other students that appear much older and more mature. Before the first day, they have to start making the choices of what they need to grow out of since they are only for kids. It is also important to start trying to challenge themselves by reading works of literature from higher grades, as well as trying to figure out problems in math or science on their own with little instruction.
High school is when grades really start to matter. Thus, students have to learn beforehand that the room for goofing off is slim and they must acquire a more serious demeanor. The summer before high school is a great time to first get a job to experience more demanding circumstances. In addition, practicing organization skills can be highly beneficial for trying to balance the academic and extra-curricular activities that come in high school.
When college rolls around, students are no longer children or teenagers, they are adults and need to really start acting as such. College is about dedication and hard work, so students have to come to terms with sacrificing things and deciding what is most important.
The various transitions through school grades are times to prepare for the next, more important, steps in life.