Could Your Health Be Impacting Your High-School Grades? March 6th, 2012
If you’re currently in high school and your grades are not living up to your expectations, then you need to take steps. The grades that you receive in high school will play a vital role in the kind of colleges that will accept your application down the road. Even if you are entering your senior year and have not received good grades so far, there is still time to turn things around.
Being able to point to the fact that you are more serious about your academic life, even at the last moment, is better than having poor grades throughout high school. It is important to stop and consider that your health could be impacting your performance.
Don’t Overlook Warning Signs Such as Eye Problems
First, we must start with the basics, and some of these points are easy to overlook. For example, are you having trouble reading or seeing the blackboard in class? Vision problems are routinely overlooked when it comes to academic performance, but issues such as dyslexic can greatly interfere with learning outcomes. Yet, there are steps that can be taken to address this issue, and it’s never too late.
Issues, such as unexplained headaches, are another issue. This could mean that you need eyeglasses or need your eyeglass prescription changed. Again, this is also more common than you might suspect. Likewise don’t ignore eyestrain and eye fatigue, as they could negatively impact your ability to study.
Sometimes Fatigue Could Be More Than Just Being Tired
If you feel mysteriously tired a lot, then you should take into consideration that often fatigue is tied to a diet that is high in processed foods, fast foods or excess consumption of starchy foods. If your diet is horrible, your academic performance will suffer, as a poor diet causes inflammation in your body. No one feels like studying when they are in pain! In short, before you begin looking in detail at what you are “doing wrong” where your academic performance is concerned, you should first make sure that you address any health issues.
Your Health and the SAT
Your grades are one factor that will determine what college you will attend, but there are other factors as well, such as the SAT. If you are lacking in energy, you will not feel up to studying for the SAT. Of course, that will impact your test score. Additionally, fatigue, general health issues or eye related issues could negatively impact your taking of the actual SAT exam itself. This exam is important- be prepared in every way possible.
There are Rewards for Proper Health
Taking care of yourself will pay rewards. Getting enough sleep, eating the right kind of food, getting at least a moderate amount of exercise and keeping track of your own health is a step towards the future you want. Being healthy means feeling better, and that means getting more of what you want out of life… such as going to one of your top college picks.
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