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How can this get me into college ?

I struggle in school and want to better can this help?

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Erika’s Answer

I too struggled in school. Honestly, I hated it. I was miserable every time I was in class or working on papers or projects. I thought about dropping out on a weekly basis. What kept me pushing was knowing that my earning potential would be dismal without even a high school diploma, and it's the reason I went to college too. The cost of living is astronomical, and wages aren't keeping up with that cost. I knew that I didn't want to struggle financially as an adult like my parents did/do, and education was my ticket. I finished high school, started working at a big bank and worked my way up and then hit a wall in career growth because I didn't have a degree. I earned a bachelor's and a month before I graduated, I got a job offer with a massive raise, making it all worth it. Money isn't the say all, end all in terms of happiness and fulfillment but it does make life a lot easier and less stressful. The work you put in with education now will get you into college and then your options for careers open up.
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Barbara’s Answer

Improving your academic performances can greatly increase your chances of getting into college. First, determine what your academic goals are and what steps you would take to achieve them.. Think about it and write your plan step-by step. This will help you to stay focus and motivated. Work on your study schedule /guide and stick to your routine. Always use your resources that are available guidance counselors, teachers, classmates, textbooks, online tutorials and educational videos. If possible get involve with the programs that offer mentorship such as Helping Youth Pursue Excellence (HYPE) and summer educational programs that may be in your area. Maintain a healthy body and mind by getting proper rest, regular exercise and balance diet. With determination, consistency and persistence you will achieve your goals and improve your chances of getting into college. Stay Focus Stay Motivated! Remember to reward yourself for each achievement and be kind to yourself. I wish you the Best~
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Shradha’s Answer

Hey Rachael, Really sorry to hear this. I believe nowadays there are many distractions that comes with our phone and social media and its very difficult to focus and be heads down on things that should be prioritize. Agree on the points that others have suggested but if i were you, I would,
1. First try to understand which areas i need to work or add more focus. Is it writing / reading or any particular subject for example Maths. Talk to your teachers and counselor to understand how to get there. Create a goal. For example you have to move from B+ to A- in Maths or English.
2. Work backwards from your goal and make a list of things (with paper and pen) that you need to achieve by end of the week and break it down at daily level. For example if i need to get A-, i should finish all HW assignments 100% same day and get at least a good grade in tests. Make a plan and stick to that plan.
3. Get guidance from your counselor and teacher and show the plan and your next steps. They may give you more ideas.
3. Every day for few hours keep your phone aside, or keep it on DND mode so that there is a Zero distraction in your HW and assignments. Maybe leave it in a closet :)
4. Open the list of things to do and don't turn on your phone unless and until you complete. Be determined.
Good Luck and we are here to guide you.
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Elizabeth (Betsy)’s Answer

Rachel,

Reaching out to your school's guidance counselor or a favorite teacher might be a great way to get help in creating a plan for college preparation. They can guide you on where to focus your efforts, making the process more manageable. Additionally, consider exploring resources within your community. For example, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a non-profit that offers free guidance and mentoring to students planning for college. You could also contact your local United Way to find similar programs or mentoring organizations in your area.

To work independently, creating two lists—one for activities you can do and another for activities you want to do—may be helpful. This can spark ideas for subjects you'd like to study, such as helping animals, building structures with Legos, or creating art. Engaging in classes, clubs, or volunteer programs related to your favorite activities can boost your confidence and motivation, making it easier to complete assignments in other subjects. Remember, you'll need to finish all assignments to graduate, but having some favorites can make the process more enjoyable.

Another option to consider is your local community college, which may have programs for younger students to explore college life. If you have the chance to visit, ask a counselor for advice on preparing for college. Ultimately, it's about discovering the best path for you to move forward.

Best of luck!
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Sophie’s Answer

I'm sorry to hear that school has been challenging for you. It might be helpful to think about the reasons behind your struggles, such as being distracted by friends, difficulty following lessons, or trouble completing assignments after school.

Consider talking to someone you trust at school, like a teacher you have a good relationship with, about your difficulties. They may be able to offer advice on how to make improvements.

I used to have trouble focusing on homework and didn't do well on assignments in many subjects because I found it hard to concentrate. However, things improved for me when I took A-levels (I'm in the UK) since I only had a few subjects that I had chosen. Even now, many years later, I still struggle with focusing unless I'm interested in the task. Knowing this about myself, I've learned how to manage it.

So, reflecting on and understanding the obstacles you're facing may be beneficial. Good luck!
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Deborah’s Answer

I'm sorry to hear that you're facing difficulties. As others in this thread have mentioned, it's a good idea to connect with your school's support staff, like a teacher or counselor. They can guide you in the right direction and might even create a personalized learning plan for you. In our community, we have a free volunteer tutoring service for students – maybe there's something similar in yours? I can't say for sure how many resources your school has, but sometimes there are so many options that it can feel overwhelming. If that's the case, choose the one that's easiest to start with and most suitable for you. For instance, activities during school hours and on campus are often more convenient than those after school. Additionally, the internet offers numerous study guides and free resources, such as Khan Academy, which can help with subjects all the way through high school.

Regarding college, community college is an excellent choice, and you can enroll whenever you're ready. There might be pressure to attend a 4-year college right after high school, but it's not a requirement. Everyone's journey and pace are unique. The key is to discover what interests you and what works best for you.

Wishing you the best of luck!
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kassidi’s Answer

Hello, Rachel I feel you because School can be hard , and asking for help as well, Since I have ADHD and Autisim it can be overwhelming for me to focus in school I just completed my first year of college and it get's better, some tools that helped me get through school when having a hard time would be asking for help, tutor and taking my vitamins to help me have energy.
Breaking up the workload into sections helped me not be so overwhelmed.
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