Student Tips: Grades are not the only key to success

Over the years, parents and teachers have spoken with you about how important school is. But there might be a few things they overlooked:

Over the years, parents and teachers have spoken with you about how important school is. But there might be a few things they overlooked:

Learning Won’t Always Be Fun: At the dinner table you are asked “Did you have fun today?” and you normally answer “no.” School can be anything but fun –difficult, boring, and frustrating. But be positive. You may need—or even get excited about—a subject you initially thought was uninteresting.

Grades Matter, But They Aren’t the Only Key to Success: Grades only show part of what you’ve learned, they don’t show who you are. Study hard but don’t forget to be involved in activities that develop other skills. Play a sport or join a club. Organizations like Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, an international children’s charity, offers dozens of ways for students to develop as leaders by organizing different fundraising and community activities. Check out their website at

Be Persistent: There may be times when you’ll want to give up during the school year. But those feelings and moments will pass. Stay focused on the end goal and you’ll see how commitment and persistence pay off.

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