Keys to Middle School Success

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This news article is brought to you by Mrs. Ginger Moore, the Kingsford Middle School Guidance Counselor.

Top 10 Keys to Middle School Success

The middle school years are so important for a student’s academic career!  This is a time when habits are formed, habits that will remain with students now, throughout high school, and beyond.  With the new school year just underway, here are ten keys to help get your middle schooler off on the right foot!

  1.  Sleep well.  Teens and young adults should be getting 8 to 10 hours per night.  Enough sleep is critical for your body and brain to function well.  Screen time also affects our ability to sleep. . .put the phone away in a designated spot (preferably outside of your bedroom) prior to bed and create a wind down routine.  

  2.  Eat right.  Healthy and balanced meals give your body and mind energy to work well throughout the day.  Take extra time and effort to make sure you’re not only eating enough, but eating a mix of everything you need (fruits, veggies, dairy, and whole grains).  Also be sure you are drinking enough water!

  3.  Do your homework.  Making it a habit to do your homework each night will help you practice skills and be ready for the quizzes and tests.  It also helps to show your teacher that you care, which may come in handy when you need his or her help.

  4.  Pay attention in class.  Focusing and using class time wisely is one of the best ways to get ahead in middle school.  Since you are switching from class to class, it’s important to pay attention and follow along for every minute that you can.

  5.  Get involved.  Research shows that school involvement can be a big determining factor for your success.  Kids who are involved with after school activities, sports, and clubs are more likely to do well inside and outside of school.

  6.  Think positive.  Things  are going to get tough and overwhelming at times.  It’s important to stay positive and know that you CAN do whatever you put your mind to.  Also, surround yourself with others who are positive and are looking to do well. People will look to bring you down if you let them.

  7.  Ask for help.  Whether it is academic, social, or emotional help, there are adults at the school ready and willing to help you.  Seek out and ask for help when you feel you might need it.  Being able to advocate for yourself is a necessary life skill. 

  8.  Stay organized.  A little organization goes a LONG way in middle school.  Writing down homework in a consistent place and keeping pages organized in the right spots will help you study, turn in work, and do better in tests/quizzes.  Getting a physical planner might be a good idea along with color coding your folders and notebooks.

  9.  Make goals.  Give yourself something that you want to attain by the end of each marking period.  Then, make a plan and stick with it to get there.  If you don’t know where it is that  you want to go, you will get lost along the way.

10. Take risks.  Middle school is the time when you start to grow up and figure out who you are in the world.  Take risks and be brave.  It will pay off in the end!  Allow a lot of failure, and you’ll meet a lot of success!

“Success is simple. . .do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”


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