Organization is important for success in high school and in your career
By Cheynoa Icenhour, Stride Student Advisor
As an online student, it is crucial to stay organized. When you are starting your career in high school, it also takes a little extra effort. Understanding what needs to be completed ahead of time makes the work easier.
This year is my fifth year at a Stride-powered school. I have personally felt the pressure of forgetting work. As I entered high school, I realized the need for more organization within my school day. Luckily, Stride and the Internet have some great resources to help keep everything in place. Within my Stride classroom, there is a class plan tab that lists all of the weekly assignments. Also in this section is a tasks list. In this list, you can add due dates and a note about the given task. This helps keep your schoolwork all in one place. Another resource could be to do an online search for a printout that may serve a similar purpose, or you can look for an online planner. My personal favorite is actually a handwritten list or physical planner. If you do not want to buy a planner, you can DIY one with all your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
A vision board can be added to a planner, or to an organizational system. With a vision board, you can do things like picture yourself in five years, or after high school. You can even begin to picture what you might want in a career. Having goals can be the greatest motivation to complete your work. And, the little victories lead to the big ones, and the big ones lead you to your life goals.
When achieving your goals, everything comes back to being organized. Having a clean desk, with everything in place, can help keep your mind clear and focused. Also, working on one task at a time, to get work done efficiently, is a good practice. Finally, I find having a daily routine helps to plan your day, setting the perfect time to get your work done.
Another responsibility of the high school student is to have time blocked out each day in the schedule for all of your subjects. This is so that when the end of the week comes, then your Learning Coach can log your hours in a breeze. It helps you, and it helps your coaches and mentors.
Learning to stay organized is an important part of life, in general. With school and a future career, being organized shows others that you can be reliable, and reliability leads to trust. Pursuing your career in high school can be more work than the average student might encounter, but using these skills that I have used as an online student can lead you to immense personal and career success.
Check out this Stride Insights article, by one of our Student Advisors, on The Benefits Of Attending An Online School, for additional reading!
To learn more about Stride Career Prep's Student Advisory Council, make sure to visit https://www.k12.com/stride-career-prep/about/student-advisory-council.html