Doing well in school’s important, especially if you’re thinking about going to college. We’ve got lots of activities that’ll help you in the classroom, so you can confidently apply to your dream university or go after other big dreams.
Sacrifice for Success
We all have to give up things we want to do for things we need to do. These sacrifices help us succeed. Think of things you’ve sacrificed to improve your success in school. Maybe it’s playing video games or hanging out with friends. Create a photo collage of 3 things you’re giving up and why. Remember to post it. Hashtags: #sacrificeforsuccess #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Making and Keeping
Making a commitment is easy, but keeping it? That’s the hard part. Think about school. Studying takes a lot of hard work, but if you stick with it, good things can happen. For Medal of Honor Recipient Duane Dewey, he made and kept the commitment to protect his comrades, no matter what. Watch his Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video, then post three things his story taught you about the benefits of commitment.
Watch the TED Talk by Julian Treasure, “5 Ways to Listen Better." Pay close attention to what he thinks about RASA. How can you apply these listening skills to your daily life? Create and post a 15-30 second video on the two listening skills you’re going to try out. Hashtags: #carefullistening #liveup
"I Commit to _________"
Make a commitment to do well in one of your classes. Then write down at least 3 steps that will help you with this. For example, “Pay attention in class,” or “Do all my homework.” Take a pic of these steps and post it. Hashtags: #icommitto #liveup
What helps you focus when you study? Create a list of at least 3 of your favorite study tips and snap a pic. Post so we can all see. Hashtags: #studyhard #liveup
Who Do You Admire?
Think of a friend with good study skills, who works hard in school. Take a pic with them and post what you admire most about their work ethic. We want to hear all about it. Hashtags: #whodoyouadmire #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: No More Bullying
Watch Allen Lynch's Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video. He overcame the effects of being bullied to become an American hero. Have you ever been bullied at school? Help raise awareness on the topic by creating an anti-bullying poster. Post a pic of your creation for everyone to see.
Sometimes studying together is easier than studying alone. Form a study group for an upcoming test and meet at least once. Then create a 1-2 minute video with your group members on the benefits of studying together. Post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #groupup #liveup
Do you use a planner to keep your school stuff organized? If you don’t have a planner, go out and get one – or download a free planner in the link below. Fill it out with homework assignments, tests, after-school activities, and anything else you need to keep track of. Check out various homework planner apps to keep yourself organized. For example, see https://myhomeworkapp.com or competing versions through the various app stores. Get into the habit of adding your assignments before you leave class. When you’re done, create a 1-2 minute video. Share your completed planner with us. Post on how you think this will help you in school, and in life. Hashtags: #myplanner #liveup
Why School Matters
Why does school matter? Why’s it important to you? Why does it matter that a place has good schools? Ask yourself these questions, then ask two of your friends. Create and post a 1-2 minute video on your findings. Hashtags: #whyschoolmatters #liveup
Try a Tutor
If you’re struggling in school, get some help. Talk to a teacher or school counselor about free tutoring services. Yes, getting a tutor means sacrificing some things you enjoy, but it’ll be worth it. Meet with your tutor at least 4 times, for 1 hour each. Create a 2-minute reflection video after one of your sessions, sharing your thoughts on how it’s going. After you’ve completed all 4 sessions, write a 500-word essay. Share more details about your tutoring experience. How did tutoring help you? Do you have any tips for your friends that would make finding a tutor easier? Remember to post about it. Hashtags: #tryatutor #liveup Not all schools offering tutoring. Free, online tutoring resources online include Khan Academy.
Meet with the Teach
Everyone has that one teacher they just don’t see eye-to-eye with. Challenge yourself and make a commitment to talk to them after school. Really take the time to talk through how you can better succeed in their class. Make a plan to meet weekly on your progress. Do this at least 4 times. After one of your meetings, create a 2-minute reflection video with more details on your plan. When you’re done meeting 4 times, write a 500-word essay. Tell us how it felt to approach your teacher and include info on the plan you two made. What steps did you take to improve your performance in their class? Were the meetings helpful? What was the hardest part? What advice would you give to a friend thinking about meeting with their teacher? Post for us to see. Hashtags: #meetwiththeteach #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: All About School
School can have a big impact on your life. Watch Bruce Crandall’s Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video, paying close attention to his education. What kind of role did school have in his life? Post a 500-word essay on what education did for his career.