School isn't everybody's thing, but getting a good education is so important. If you don't understand that right now, you really will someday, so do your future self a favor and make school a priority. Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader, but most people don't make careers out of cheerleading, so it's important to stay balanced.

Even if you love and excel at school, chances are there's a class or two that you'd love to trade for a different subject (or a nap). So these are easy tips, not ones that ask you to force yourself to do things you REALLY don't want to do. But they will require a little bit of effort, so this year, make it a goal to commit to these six practices:

  1. Pay attention. It sounds hard, but it really isn't. The effort will be worth it later when you don't have to dedicate that much time to studying because you actually remember things and aren't attempting to teach them to yourself for the first time.


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  2. Prioritize your interactions. Look, sometimes it really can't wait and you need to let your bff know that the cute new guy has been looking at her. But don't pass notes or text or talk in class just to do itonly when the fate of the free world truly hangs in the balance. This will help you with the first tip we talked about.


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  3. Ask for help. If there's something you don't understand, raise your hand. Talk to the teacher after class if you're more comfortable that way. That's what they're there for! Find a friend or tutor to help you. Don't make it even harder on yourself by trying to go it alone.


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  4. Put in the time. You can't complain about hard classes and low grades if you aren't giving some effort. Just like with cheer, you can't expect to do well without dedicating time and energy to it.


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  5. Do your homework. Just do. Not completing an assignment is just lazinessand cheerleaders are anything but lazy!


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  6. Make studying fun. Create games or fun songs or rhymes to help you retain information. Recruit friends or family members to help you. Make flashcards for your mom to quiz you with or get a group of friends together and take turns asking each other questions. If you really want to get into it, you can make a "Jeopardy" board or get a parent or sibling to play the host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (or "Who Wants to Ace This Test").


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Will  you commit to these school goals for the rest of the year? What helps you succeed in school?