Dear young Rajans,
We all sat on the chairs you are sitting on and walked the same hallways you walk on. Looking back, those school days were the most exciting and important for all of us. For the first time you'll have lots of choices to make about what you study. It's important to know that the choices you make in 9th grade, 10th, 11th and 12th -- will affect the choices you'll have for the rest of your life.
No matter what you dream of doing with your life, preparing yourself for more education beyond high school is your wisest plan right now. Post-high school education can provide valuable experiences that contribute to a better quality of life for you. Whether or not you go on to a college or university or career or technical school, the information and skills you learn in your high school classes will always be useful in the world of work.
Everyone, in every kind of job, needs to be able to write and speak clearly, listen carefully, understand what is written and spoken, and use math effectively.
Right now you may not know what you want to do with your future -- or exactly how to get ready for it. That's okay! You have time to figure out what interests you, what you're good at, and how those things add up to a career. The most important thing to do right now is make sure you keep your options open. Find what subjects excite you the most. When selecting your area for A/L, focus on those subjects that you are passionate about.
Here are few tips:
- Sit close to the front of the classroom when possible.
- Join in class discussions.
- Ask questions! If you don't understand something, chances are others in the class don't understand either.
- Keep up with class assignments. Finish them before they're due.
- Ask for help in any class in which you find yourself falling behind. Remember, your teachers want to help you succeed!
- Look for ways to sharpen your basic skills in each class. You can practice your writing skills in Sinhala, English, your algebra and other math skills, your science skills.
- Learn to take good class notes. You'll be taking lots of notes throughout the rest of your life.
- Learn to proofread, correct, and rewrite your written work.
- Pay extra attention to the English language class. Try to sharpen your reading and speaking skills in English.
- Math and Science are very important as you prepare for the careers in the future. Pay more attention to those classes and get help if you feel like you are getting behind in htem.
- Make sure you understand the Social Studies classes. A good understanding of history and the government is essential.
- Sharpen your aesthetic skills in visual and performing arts. Visual arts, music, dance and theater can be more fun.
- You will need to be computer literate. Spend some time in the school computer lab. Try getting familiar with the newest technology. Improve your typing/keyboarding skills.
You need to pay more attention outside the classroom too:
- Develop habits now that will help you succeed in school, in education after school, and in the world of work.
- Find a quiet place to study where you won't be interrupted. Is it just too noisy at home? Ask your family or a teacher to help you find a place to study.
- Plan a daily homework schedule and stick to it. Do more than is required.
- Ask your family or friends to read your written work. And ask them for help if you're having trouble at school.
- Use your school library. DAANA has been donating books to strengthen the Dharmaraja library, every year. Make the maximum use of them. If you don't have a Kandy public library card now, ask the librarian for one. They're free.
- Read newspapers and magazines. Talk with your family and friends about what you read.
- Look up words you don't know in the dictionary. Then use your new words in writing and talking.
- Talk with your family about career plans and what you want to do in the future.
(Based on the resources found on the "Mapping Your Future", a national collaborative, public-service, nonprofit organization in the US)
In the sub-page "Career Links" you will find many useful resources that can help you prepare for a brighter future.