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How Challenging Yourself in High School Makes You a Better College Student

How Challenging Yourself in High School Makes You a Better College Student
Posted By: Anica Oaks on January 07, 2021

Some students push themselves harder than others in high school. The reward, though, ends up being found in more places than in one's report card. Below are some of the ways that challenging yourself in high school can make you a better college student.

Understanding Your Own Learning Style


One of the most important ways that pushing yourself in high school will help you in college is by teaching you how you learn best. Whether that means learning how to function in an online environment in an online high school or figuring out that you learn better by reading notes than by listening, this is an incredibly beneficial first step towards becoming a more autonomous learner. It takes many college students years to figure this out, so going in with this knowledge does put you a step ahead.

Creating a Study System


One of the biggest challenges faced by new college students is learning how to study. Though high schools do teach limited study skills, only those students who push themselves actually encounter the kind of academic difficulty that makes real studying a priority.



If you take tough classes, you'll be forced to learn how to study new material instead of simply coasting on your innate intelligence.

Going Above and Beyond


College isn't just about passing - it's often about knowing how and when to go above and beyond to succeed. If you've spent years doing extracurricular activities and taking tough classes, you already know what it means to pursue your education with a degree of ferocity. Those students who come into college with this type of drive tend to have an easier time adapting to higher level courses and pursuing academic scholarships.

Making a More Reasonable Transition


Finally, students who have already put in a fair bit of hard work are students who will have an easier time transitioning to the relative autonomy of college. Traditional high school classes can be rigorous, but most still provide a firm framework for students who need support. College courses, on the other hand, tend to assume that students will be able to do all the work on their own. Students who have already put in hard work in high school have less of a problem making the transition into dealing with these types of expectations.

Putting in extra work early on in your academic career can pay out huge dividends later. It's not only that you'll go into college with a firmer knowledge base - it's that you'll go in knowing more about yourself. If you want a leg up in the academic world, it's best to start pushing yourself early.
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