Three Tips for Student Success!

Tip 1:  Why is College Important?  In an increasingly competitive world labor market, you want to have every advantage over someone else to land the job, pay and benefits you want. A college degree can help you in your career goals and is required for many jobs. Education is, after all, an investment, and the more time invested into it, the greater the returns in the long run. A person with a college degree has the ability to earn more than twice the amount than a person with a high school diploma, in their lifetime. Moreover, a college degree gives one the option of enjoying greater health benefits, tax benefits and also greater respect in society.  Additional benefits for college graduates include:

  1. More job options: The world is changing rapidly. More and more jobs require a college degree. College graduates have more career opportunities than those who do not pursue education beyond high school.

  2. Earn more money: A person who goes to college usually earns more than a person who doesn't. According to the U.S. Census Bureau (2000), a person with a high school diploma on average earns $30,400.00 while a person with a college degree earns $52,200.00 annually. A person who attends college for at least two years earns $250,000 more annually than one who does not. A person with a four-year degree can earn up to one million dollars over a lifetime versus a person without a four-year degree.
  3. Head start in life: College provides opportunities for students to obtain skills such as technology and informative decision making. These skills can be used at work and in life. In the new global economy, college is becoming essential for a new competitive job market environment.

Tip 2:  Seven Habits of Highly Effective TeensHow do you engage students in developing critical character and life skills relevant to 21st century challenges?  Many educators struggle to implement character education with the demands of teaching core subjects and preparing students for high-stakes testing.  GEAR UP Mississippi proudly supports The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.  This guide introduces students to critical personal leadership skills they’ll find useful throughout their lives.  In addition, the guide encourages students to express themselves in thoughtful creative ways, while reflecting on their approach to everyday situations and choices.

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive® Take responsibility for your life.

  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind® Define your mission and goals in life.

  • Habit 3: Put First Things First® Prioritize and do the most important things first.

  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win® Have an "Everyone-Can-Win" attitude.

  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® Listen to people sincerely.

  • Habit 6: Synergize® Work together to achieve more.

  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw® Renew yourself regularly.

  • For more information please visit ®FranklinCovey

Tip 3:  Don’t be a statistic. Be your own person.

Not all of us get good grades all the time. But that’s no reason to quit.  Dropouts are more likely than high school graduates to be unemployed, living in poverty, or in prison.  Dropping out of school is a problem that can be corrected. These are suggestions which address how to keep from dropping out:

  • Learn the income payoff for being successful in school.

  • Establish long term educational goals.

  • Establish short term educational goals.

  • Defeat procrastination to be successful in school.

  • Seek out other winners to be successful in school.

  • Develop good study habits and listening skills.

  • Take notes in class; review them before the next class.

  • Study at least 3 hours each night with no distractions.

  • Stay organized.

  • Develop a reading habit.

  • Read and study on the weekend.

  • Be responsible for choices and decisions.

  • Show respect to adults and peers.

Source--Misssippi Department of Education. For more information go to