21 minutes | Feb 27th 2017

#31: How to improve high school grades by being more resilient

I was recently visiting a school and delivering my Get The Grades You Want seminar to a group of 16-year old students when a member of the audience told me how their studies had become difficult and they felt like quitting. Have you ever felt like that? If so, this episode of The Unstoppable Teen Podcast is for you :-) It worries me when students tell me they feel like quitting because school is supposed to be an enjoyable experience. Indeed, we tend to learn more when we’re having fun. However, it’s supposed to be challenging too. We have to remember that one of the main purposes of school is to prepare us for careers, which means we need to use our time in school to master the skills we’ll need in our future workplace. One of these essential employability attributes is resilience. It just so happens that resilient teens don’t just stand out in job interviews, but research also shows that resilient students tend to achieve better grades in high school too. That’s why we’re focusing on resilience in this episode. I’ll provide valuable tips on how to avoid quitting and be more resilient when the going gets tough at school. Click on the player above to listen now!   “Research shows that it’s not always the most naturally gifted students that get the best grades, it’s the ones that are most resilient and keep working who usually to rise to the top.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach   You will learn:  Why it’s important to take on difficult challenges if you want to experience more joy and happiness. (03:36) What “fool’s hope” is and why you need to avoid it. (04:04) How flat-lining and performance dips are normal parts of the learning process you must go through if you want to achieve your goals. (06:22) How hard work and persistent practice lead to spikes in progress. (08:33) Why quitting sends you right back to the beginning and make your life harder than carrying on through the tough times. (09:50) What to do to strengthen your resilience when you feel confused and stuck – It has something to do with the character, Dory, from Finding Nemo! (10:54) Why you need to engage in activities that are outside of your talent range, and how doing so helps you grow. (13:53) Why you should stop focusing on results and immerse yourself in the process improving your performance instead. (16:23)   Click here to view this content on the Unstoppable Teen website >>   “Taking on challenges that are outside your comfort zone helps you build your resilience muscle.” Kevin Mincher – Teen Success Coach   Would you like Kevin to share his effective study strategies in your school? Find out more about this inspirational seminar by clicking here >> http://unstoppableschools.com/student-seminars/get-the-grades-you-want/ Alternatively you can subscribe to this show at UnstoppableTeen.com/subscribe   You may also like these episodes: #30: Secrets of teen success (Interview with best-selling author and Business Speaker of the Year Richard Gerver) #27: What can I do to improve my grades? #15: How to get good grades    Just keep swimming! Remember, the harder you work for something, the more you’re likely to enjoy and appreciate the success when you reach your goal. So, when you encounter difficulties and you feel like quitting, remind yourself to “just keep swimming.” You can practice this positive self-talk technique in just about any area of your life. It can help you build your resilience muscle and compel you to overcome things in your life that seem difficult. If you have questions or thoughts for a future episode, contact us anytime via our social media channels or email podcast@unstoppableen.com. If you know a teen who would like to improve their high school grades or could benefit from more resilience, please send them this podcast! Finally, we’d love to hear your advice about what teenagers can do to be more resilient and succeed in school, so please share your ideas in the comments section below. Thanks for listening!
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