Here are some tips to get you prepared for the maritime school year ahead:
1. Set Goals – Goal setting is a very vital ingredient to achieving long-term success. Goals help students to focus upon the journey to a collection of set achievements. However, it’s important that you update these goals as you go through school. For maritime students, goals ensure accountability ― this makes them more attuned with their strengths and weaknesses resulting to self-awareness and greater productivity.
2. Research the curriculum and accord it with your plans– A core curriculum is a set of educational goals that is necessary for education. The Senior High School covers the last two years of the K-12 program so this stage is crucial to help you choose the line of work you’d like to pursue in the future. You can choose from career-specific strands like Business, Accountancy, Management (BAM), Humanities, Education, Social Sciences (HESS), Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and General Academic Strand (GAS). Assess the school’s core curriculum and academic strands; decide on what career you’d pursue and set your goals alongside the school’s programs as well.
3. Review school policies – Maritime schools expect senior high school students to have high disciplinary aptitude. Aside from the intense physical training, every student should uphold competence, discipline and responsibility. Review the school’s uniform and hair policies as well as their regimen guidelines. These are more than just rules; these will aid you in being globally competitive with the seafarers’ standards.
4. Adjust your sleeping habits – During vacations, high schoolers tend to stay up late. This may lead to difficulty in transition when school starts. To prevent this, you should set your alarm appropriately. If you got used to sleeping at around 3 a.m., set it one hour earlier the next day and add another 1 hour increment on the following day until you reach around 11 or 10 p.m. Set your waking time at around 5 or 6 a.m. to attain the deal hours of sleep. Do this at least two weeks before school resumes. Once you’ve established this sleeping pattern, stick with it.
5. Limit use of gadgets at night– In order to properly adjust your sleeping habits, limit the use of Social Media before going to bed. As detailed by Business Insider, studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it's nighttime. This would take you longer to fall asleep. Get as much sleep as a student because you’ll be missing out on it as a shipmate.
6. Get Organized – Reinforcing the importance of being organized helps you experience success in everything you do. One way to do this is by designating a well-organized study space. This area should serve as a haven where your mind needs to focus.
These are only some of the ideal back-to-school hacks for a maritime senior high school student like you. According to Bobby Unser, success is where preparation and opportunity meet. With the right determination, you can see every opportunity that comes your way as a chapter in your next adventure.