Today’s students are both very lucky and very unlucky. Lucky, because the world of education is growing ever more rapidly and there are more opportunities than ever before to take advantage of those possibilities. Unlucky, because it’s difficult to know what you don’t know, and it’s hard to know how to make the most of the opportunities available to you if you don’t stay up-to-date on the latest technology and advancements in the industry.
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What you can do today
Today’s education is about more than just taking classes. Knowing how to stay ahead of the curve by being self-directed and maintaining a proactive attitude is imperative if you want to succeed in today’s world. With that in mind, here are five ways you can stay ahead of the curve today.
- Keep up with current events
- Attend professional development workshops
- Read relevant articles
- Participate in extracurricular activities
- Take advantage of your school’s resources to get involved with things like mentoring programs, student leadership opportunities, or other ways to make an impact on campus.
Engaging in any one of these activities will help keep you grounded and knowledgeable while still enjoying your time at school. In addition, they will also give you invaluable experience that employers are looking for when it comes time to apply for jobs after graduation.
Get help from your teachers
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be hard to keep up with all the changes that are happening in education and technology. If you’re looking to get ahead of the curve and learn more about what your teachers are talking about at school, consider these ways to stay on top of things:
1) Get a tutor – A great way to ensure you understand everything your teachers teach is by getting a tutor. Tutors will work with you one-on-one to answer any questions and help fill in any gaps that might have occurred during class.
2) Take a class – There are so many online classes out there these days, which means there’s no excuse not to find something that interests you! It’s always best to take some time out of your day to invest in yourself and ensure you’ll be successful academically.
Joining a club is one way that students can stay up-to-date on what’s going on in their field. Plus, you’ll learn how to network and meet people who could be potential employers or collaborators down the line. There are clubs at all levels of schooling, so find something that interests you. It doesn’t matter if it’s your high school math club or a club related to your major at university—it just matters that it helps keep you informed about your industry. In addition, try talking with professors and fellow students when you’re doing research. Your professor may have recommendations or resources they haven’t shared with the class. Finally, don’t forget to take breaks! Whether it’s taking a coffee break during lectures or putting away your phone during dinner with friends, we often underestimate the importance of our mental health in today’s world.
Participate in activities outside school
Participating in extracurricular activities outside school is a great way to stay ahead of the curve. Joining clubs, playing sports, and volunteering are all ways that students can get involved in their community. Not only will these activities look good on college applications, but they’ll also help you grow as a person and make new friends! If your schedule doesn’t allow for much time to do this during the school day, try doing it after hours. The extra effort could be worth it! According to an ACT study, 98% of people surveyed believe that participation in extracurriculars improved critical thinking skills. Plus, most colleges list participation in extracurriculars or community service as a demonstrated interest in their application. They might not even care what club or sport you’re involved with – so long as you’re showing dedication.
If you’re looking to learn more about a specific topic, there’s an app for that. There are hundreds of free apps in the iTunes store that cover topics like law, finance, and history. All you have to do is search for what you want to learn more about and chances are you’ll find an app that suits your needs. These apps will keep you up-to-date with new information without having to crack open a textbook or spend hours researching online. They also offer interactive features like quizzes and flashcards, so they can be used as study aids in addition to informational tools. Use podcasts: Many people find it difficult to stay focused when reading a text on a computer screen; this can be especially true for children who may not be as adept at concentrating on long passages of text. Podcasts solve this problem by providing audio content that doesn’t require sustained attention or focus from listeners.
Get a part-time job
A part-time job is a great way to earn money and gain experience in your field of study. Plus, you’ll be able to see how your skills are put into practice in the real world. It’s important that you make sure you’re choosing an employer who will give you the opportunity to learn and grow, rather than one that just needs warm bodies on their staff. You might even want to use this as an opportunity to network with people in your industry or field! Consider getting internships: An internship is a chance to spend some time at work gaining hands-on experience. You may have seen internships advertised in store windows, but not all companies advertise them. Ask around friends and family if anyone has contacts at companies where you would like to work; sometimes people will have connections with people already working there who can help get you started.
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