How Can Teens Do Better in School?

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Apr 15, 2012
by: bidorl

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Something that I have been interested in learning more about has been on how can teens succeed more in school? Lately, the issue has caught my eye. I know that many people feel that girls are succeeding more than boys in school, but I believe that the same problems preventing boys from succeeding are the problems that prevent girls as well. From what I’ve heard, there are many problems preventing teens from doing better in school, such as internet, social websites, game systems, and other technologies that distract them from reading books and doing homework. I wasn’t so sure what other ways teens can improve their grades and behavior in school, so did some research on how can teens do better in school.

One thing that I know for sure about teens succeeding in school is that boys succeed less than girl. I believe that one reason why teens don’t do good in school is because they’re so entertained at home with the T.v, computer, or game system, so they don’t study. Many other people are just lazy and don’t like to do work, and others think that they’ll be good by just being an average student, they’re not working hard they’re hardly working. I know that there are many ways that one can avoid these distractions.

Being that I didn't have a lot of background information on how can teens succeed in school, I chose to do some research on the topic. As I searched for blogs and news articles on Google, I came across the article, “Motivating Your Teen to Do Better In School.” From this article I learned that to make a teen a better student, a parent should try to improve their child’s relationship with the teacher. A parent should be able to help their child, and give them the tools they need to study. I agree with this, I think some people just need to be pushed a little to work harder, have stricter parents who will motivate you to succeed. One sentence that stood out for me was, “Even those with a 'bad' attitude, want to succeed. A lot of teens have an idea of where they want to go in life; they just don't know how to get there,” This sentence stood out for me because I disagree, I believe every student may have an idea where they want to go in life, and I think every student knows that they need to work hard to get to where ever they want to go, but they just don’t take it as serious.

As I did more research I came across the video, by Eric Thomas, “Secret To Success.” After watching this video I was able to understand more why people don’t succeed, one reason is, as Eric said “Most of you would not be successful because when you’re studying, and you get tired, you quit.” I like this statement Eric made because I agree, others don’t understand is that pain or tiredness is temporary, it’s not going to last forever, so whenever you’re studying and you get tired, keep studying and be happy you accomplished something. What Eric states in this video is that some people don’t try hard enough to succeed. Eric believes that if one wants to be successful, they must want to succeed as much as they want to breath, and many teens don’t think about succeeding the way Eric puts it. One sentence he said that stood out for me was “You don’t want it badder than you want to party, you don’t want it as much as you want to be cool, most of you don’t want success as much as you want to sleep.” This stood out for me because I agree that most teens worry more about what they’re being viewed as in other individual’s eyes, they prefer to have fun and be cool than to be studying, they waste their time trying to show off to other people, but they don’t realize that until it’s too late and others are turning their dreams into a reality and they’re that person who just never made it.

Another article that I came across was, by Mike Hardcastle, “Do Better In School This Year.” In this article it states, that for a teen to succeed in school, they should ask questions more often, for they can stay more focused, and entertained, the article states “Asking questions is a simple and effective way of ensuring you will pay attention in class.” I agree with this because asking questions is going to help you get a better understanding of what the lesson is talking about. One sentence that stood out for me was “The number one reason people don't answer questions in class is not that they don't know the answer, it's that they fear looking stupid in front of their peers.” This stood out for me because, I believe is true for many people, they’re insecure of their knowledge. Many people are afraid that other students make fun of them, this is because of others immaturity level and bullying.

Being that I didn't have a lot of background information on how can teens succeed in school, I found this article, by Queena N. Lee-Chua, Ph.D, “How To Help Kids Do Well In School.” In this article I read, I came to a conclusion that teens need support from their relatives, because they will motivate them to do better. One sentence that stood out for me was, “True, achievers seldom get very low marks, but when they do, families are still loving and supportive. No one is perfect, and a low grade or two is a fact of life.” This sentence stood out for me because it states a good point, getting a low grade or two is not a big deal because no one is perfect, and on top of that the parents still stay supportive, but what about the teens who get low grades constantly while having supportive parents, they’re just lazy and don’t take people’s words serious, so I think parents should be stricter.

I came across this article, by Gisele Glosser, “Teens, Sleep and School.” In this article I learned that the time that teens fall asleep affects the way they learn in school. Teens falling asleep late, results in them going to school and continue their sleep, As it states in this sentence from the article, “Lack of sleep affects teens' ability to function at school. A recent study showed that "sleep deprivation can affect mood, performance, attention, learning, behavior and biological functions." I believe this is true because when teens don’t get a good sleep, they barely learn things at school, because they don’t have enough energy to stay awake and listen.

Throughout all the research I made I came to a conclusion that there would not be any change in teens succeeding because with today’s society and inventions in technology, teens have been really entertained with technology and other things like TV shows, an example for this would be “A variety of things can contribute to this night-owl tendency among teens, including social life, caffeinated drinks, electronic media such as computers, TVs and cell phones,” a sentence from “Teens, Sleep and School.” Also the bad habits that one generation has it’s just going to continue to being passed down. From some of my research I agreed with many statements they had, such as parents supporting their child, and helping them create a better relationship with their teachers.

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why teens don't suceed

Submitted by tatianar on Wed, 2012-04-25 13:59.

Dear Orlando,

I am amazed by your post How Can Teens Do Better In school. Your post opened my eyes to new ideas to this problem of teens not succeeding. I realize what you do say is true and by me reading your post it just actually helped me more.

One sentence you wrote that stood out for me was "lack of sleep effects teens ability to succeed. It's because when teens stay up late doing whatever like partying,texting,talking on the phone,or being on Facebook they lose sleep.The consequence of that is not being able to get up the next day and do what they have to do like go to school or whatever.

Another sentence you wrote that caught my eye was when you said "even those with bad attitude want to succeed" I think this statement is so true. All these boys and girls running around doing bad things like selling drugs,fighting,gangs, prostitution,etc.in the back of their minds they are thinking about everyday how will their future be and will they be successful.That question is on everyone's mind but we all know what it takes to become successful.

Your post reminds me of something that happen to me. A while back I was becoming a school dropout. I was skipping school and be lazy staying at home doing nothing. After a while I realized "wait what the hell am I doing" I was slowly making a huge mistake but I quickly turned it all around. I got up and turned it all around because I thought of my future.

Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next,because this post was very interesting.This post was also important to all the young kids out there. I really think you should get this message out there and hopefully there might be change.

Thanks for your writing

Submitted by suajaz on Tue, 2013-05-14 11:31.

Dear Orlando,
I am impressed about your post "How Can Teens Do Better in School?" I feel like teens aren't doing so well in school because they chose not to. If they want to succeed as much as they say they do they're going to have to learn to push themselves.
One sentence you wrote that was agreeable is “I believe that one reason why teens don’t do good in school is because they’re so entertained at home with the T.v, computer, or game system, so they don’t study.” Teens are doing so well because they get distracted by everything else. I order for teens to do better they have learn when to put everything down and start studying. I know these are the main reasons why i’m not doing well in school. I am capable of bringing my grade up to a 90, but choose not to just so that I can do everything else, but study.
I agree that “sleep deprivation can affect mood, performance, attention, learning, behavior and biological functions" because there are many nights when I don’t sleep and affects my performance in school. I believe that I can do a lot better if I was able to sleep well at night, but then I would be to focus better in school. Since I am always tired in school, I barely have any interest in learning anything.
Thank you for your awesome and I look forward to seeing what you write next. Reading your post was a wake up call and I need to start studying. What I do now affects what college I go to. I liked the advice you gave and your thoughts on why teens aren’t doing so well in school. Keep up the good work.