High school brings on a unique sense of responsibility. Sports become more competitive, academic performance more crucial, and involvement more necessary than prior years. In the midst of all these commitments, it’s important, as a student, to learn now to navigate and manage your world to set you up for future success. At Resurrection Christian School, we set out to equip our students with all the necessary knowledge to create a healthy and solid foundation for them to launch from into their college years and beyond. To help do this, we know there are helpful habits we can put in place to streamline focus and success. Let’s take a look at some beneficial habits that can help students academically in their high school years, and ideally, ease the transition of what is needed to be successful academically in college.
To properly prepare for tests, quizzes, and class in general, you need to be there. In high school, attendance is mandatory, but this is not always the case in college. Daily class isn’t common, and absences will often be permitted up to a certain point. However, being intentional in your attendance as much as possible will greatly benefit you. Hearing the professor talk through a lesson plan is helpful for visual and audible learners, and will often help you study the subject down the road if you can recall the in-class lesson.
A Place for Everything
Organizing is never a bad idea, nor does it set you up for failure. Keeping tabs on different assignments, taking detailed notes, marking down quiz and test dates, and organizing your binder regularly, will help you manage the ever-growing responsibilities of school. Using the calendar tool on your phone is a perfect way to schedule out important events that will notify you ahead of time. To help encourage your organization, try making it fun. Use folders and notebooks specific for each subject that are different colors, designs, or even ones you’ve made yourself. Developing this facet of studying during high school will not fail you in college years. Especially since classes meet less frequently, designating different areas for each course and marking different dates of importance in your calendar will ensure proper preparation.
Have Time on Your Side
This one is incredibly important to establish as a healthy habit. Understanding your responsibilities and allotting enough time to complete each one is crucial for success in the studying world. If you are a student who is involved in multiple extracurricular activities, sports and the like, you will want to designate study time for yourself throughout the week. Heading into college, professors will spend less time teaching and expect you to spend more time reading and/or studying outside of class. Knowing your physical limits and necessary time frames for studying is mandatory to set yourself up for success. For example, if you are a math wiz but struggle with history, you will want to allot yourself ample time to study for history quizzes and tests. Honing the craft of time management can be difficult, but is extremely beneficial.
Know Your Style
Did you know there are different learning styles? This means that even if flash cards work for some people, you may need to physically write things down multiple times to fully grasp and remember them. Whichever way you learn, do some research to find out what style of studying works best for you, and apply it. Most importantly, study ahead of time instead of the week, or even the night beforehand. You may surprised to hear that frequent, shorter sessions of studying are actually much more effective than studying for hours the night before. Which leads us to our next point.
Never Underestimate Sleep
All-nighters won’t benefit you in high school, nor with they in college. To maintain your health and a solid GPA, studies are showing sleep will have a direct correlation. For this reason, try to study harder earlier in the week, and then go to bed early before a big test. Establishing a mostly consistent sleeping schedule will have a prevalent effect on your studying success and overall academic success.
Power in Numbers
One of the most valuable ways to learn, is in a study group. Finding a few others who help you learn in new ways, and possibly ways you never considered before, will help strengthen your social skills and development in addition to your studying skills. As an added bonus, you will be more likely to study when you have others to keep you accountable to show up and go through certain subjects and areas of confusion you may have. Let’s be honest, studying for a massive test is always better with company.
Last but certainly not least, have a positive outlook on your academic goals. Parents, encourage your child in their studying routines and help them manage the difficult parts. Even in the instance that studying was started later than needed, help them devise a plan to cover all necessary material for the test ahead of time. The mentality going into the studying and test taking is just as important as, and can be directly correlated to, the outcome.
At Resurrection Christian School, we help each child grow and develop individually in their social and academic areas of life. With an average over 24 for ACT scores, and dozens of extra curricular activities to get involved in, you can be sure your child will find a place to thrive. Learning different studying habits, time management, and healthy scheduling tactics can be overwhelming and difficult, if they must be done alone. At RCS, we partner with our students to help launch them into the next stages of life through the establishing of a solid and healthy foundation. We have a passion for each student to grow into who they are, while learning who God is calling them to be. Visit our website today to learn more about our RCS family and take a virtual tour today.
Tall Truth presents: Parenting Through the Drama and the Trauma, Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, at Pelican Lakes County Club in Windsor.
The mini-bootcamp will help parents navigate some of the toughest teen topics including: anxiety, relationships, depression, teen sex, sexting, suicide, dating, cyber bullying and more.
For more information, visit www.shellydonahue.net
Topics include 2017-18 School Enrollment, Love and Logic Parenting Conference, and Classroom Needs.
Value, purpose, and a sense of belonging. All of these attributes are debatably some of the most important and desired qualities any parent is searching for when weighing their child’s education. Regardless of age, choosing a school requires an overwhelming amount of research, consideration, and contemplation. Resurrection Christian School has built a foundation focused on the intention of creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, grow, and develop their self confidence while being challenged in their education and meeting their potential. Our passion is to establish a bold and strong culture of choosing Christ first, and raising our young people to love and honor God, their family, and their community. We are here to provide high-quality education and a solid foundation for your children. Above all, we know there are wonderful options for schooling in northern Colorado. The real question is, what makes private school so beneficial for your children?
Why a Private School?
Whether you personally have attended a private school, or someone you know has, there is no doubt that their popularity is starting to skyrocket. There are some important aspects to further dissect to help understand why it is that private schools are starting to be sought out more. Statistically, parents have multiple reasons for choosing a private school for their children. First and foremost, identifying as a private school allows independence from the regulated public school system. Resurrection Christian School has been able to develop a solid foundation in the community for thousands of families over the years, all with the bold stance of our grounding in God. Here are a few of the reasons parents are choosing private school versus public, and potentially a few points to consider if you’re on the fence for your own children.
Better Learning Environment
To help better identify what the reasons are for choosing a public school, a poll was taken asking parents what factors played the largest role in their decision. At the top of the list was a better learning environment, and better education. One of the best benefits of private school is the opportunity for kids to excel in multiple subjects, and even the ability to excel beyond what a typical public school can offer. Due to the ability to have smaller class sizes, private school are able to hone in on individual students and help the classroom by gauging the needs of their students as a whole. Our focus at RCS is to go beyond encouraging students, and instill the integrity and values that are necessary to be a successful adult who cares about their community and invests in those around them. By mirroring these methods in our classrooms and through our intentional education system, your child will learn the value of education and reap the benefits for years to come.
The Bigger Picture
One of the most important things to understand when choosing a private school is the bigger picture. Establishing a solid foundation is only part of the goal. The next step for most high school graduates, is college.
Preparing your child for long-term success is a priority taken seriously by our staff. The same poll showed that about 64 percent of parents choose a private school based on the college preparation approach offered, whether specific classes or academic structure. It has been shown that private school students score above the proficient level in subjects like reading and math, and prove to have strong academic success in difficult courses more-so than public school students.
In a study conducted by NCES, a survey was done to prove the value of private versus public in the aspect of being “college and career prepared”. Here were their findings:
Resurrection Christian School is passionate about equipping our younger generations with what they need to grow and succeed both now, and into their future. Creating an atmosphere where a high level of academic achievement is the norm is a primary step to setting our students up for future success. Our smaller class ratios have enabled each student to receive more one on one attention and help when needed. As a direct result, each individual is able to excel in their unique potential. Maintaining a structure where students are met on the level they learn is a responsibility we take seriously and intentionally. The more each student understands their value to their teachers and peers, the more likely they are to succeed in school.
Beyond academics, these students need to know they are cared about. When you feel valued as an individual, you are able to pour out into those around you and the community as a whole. A study conducted with elementary teachers showed the significant difference of how many issues were cited in a public school setting versus a private school. Here were the findings:
This brings up an interesting visual to understand what a teacher in a private school – versus a teacher in a public school – has to face in their day. Instead of it being an issue of academic ability, it’s very evident that many other factors come into play. When class sizes are larger in the midst of daily struggles, it removes a percentage of their ability to teach and invest in each student.
This is why Resurrection Christian School puts an emphasis on the value of the class ratio, as well as the character of our staff. Dealing with daily struggles is a part of life, and if the student understands that they’re valued by their teacher, it will often directly help them in the classroom. Moreover, we strive to be concerned about our students as individuals, not just the grades they have. Providing a safe, healthy environment for them to grow and be supported is part of the success or our system.
Embodying the love of Christ and creating a parent-involved foundation in our school system has been our foundation here at Resurrection. From sports, to academics, to extracurricular activities, your child will have a loving, intentional environment in which you can trust your child will flourish. Take a virtual tour of our campus, or give us a call with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.
Topics include: Developing the whole student – “CHILD” Whole Child Homework Board.
High School finals are quickly approaching.
Please find the schedule for HS finals only here.
Topics include: Purpose of homework, temperaments, Cougar Fit, buzz-in system and security and pick-up and drop-off patters.
The RCS Athletics Golf Tournament is approaching fast. Spots are still open for the event on Friday, September 23, 2016, at Highland Meadows Golf Course. The scramble-style tournament has a 9 a.m. start time.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the RCS Athletic Department.
For more information, contact Bruce Dick at bdick@RCSchool.org, or to register click here.