What have you learned about yourself from a current challenge?

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Being a student in middle school, high school, or college comes with many challenges every day. They could be academic, social, emotional, etc. Think about a recent challenge you had and how you dealt with it. What did you learn about yourself? How do you want to deal with similar challenges in the future?

“When you go through life’s challenges, you have the choice to either fall apart and become a victim of the circumstances, or you can rise up high and above others.” — Mo Seetubtim

mel professional photo by kateMelanie Black is an Associate Certified Academic Life Coach and mindfulness educator. She is passionate about helping others and learning all she can in the process. With ten years of experience in the field of education, she is determined to help students succeed in school and life. “ One of my goals is to continue to be a humanitarian who helps our local community. I am passionate about my relentless pursuit of knowledge and desire to help others.“

Motivating Students at the End of the School Year



The End is Near

Don’t stress. This is an exciting time! The school year/ semester is winding down. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. You are so much closer to achieving your goals. Think about the following when approaching 4th quarter and the end of the school year.

What have you accomplished this school year?
What challenge have come your way and how did you deal with them?
What challenges do you expect in 4th quarter and how will you address them?
What action steps do you need to take to achieve your goals?

How will you stay motivated? What will your reward be at the end of the school year?


Melanie Black of Student Futures is a certified academic life coach for students and teens. She has a passion to help students succeed. Academic coaching helps develop life skills for students as well as gives them academic strategies, which help to decrease anxiety and stress in students. Contact Melanie Black today for a free consultation at or (904) 487-8269.


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10 Tips for Student Success: Overcoming the Mid-Semester Slump

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It always happens around this time. The excitement from the new school year is gone. The school work is starting to pile up. The stress of school sets in. Students start to feel anxiety and a lack of motivation. Below are some success strategies for helping high school and college students succeed while trying to overcome the mid-semester slump.

1. Make a Change: Find a new place to study, one that will allow you to focus and get your work done. Somewhere there is no distractions! You’d be amazed at how much a change of scenery can help. If you are happy with your place of study then possibly change where or how you are sitting.

2. Don’t Go At It Alone: Form a study group or find a study buddy. Two heads are better than one!

3. Take Care of Yourself: Getting enough sleep and eating well will help you maintain your focus in class and while doing homework. No matter how hard it gets do not sacrifice your health!

4. Analyze Your Grades: Look at your weakest vs. strongest classes. What are you doing right in your strongest classes? Use those same strategies in your weakest classes. If something you’re doing isn’t working for you anymore, try something new.

5. Ask For Help: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you don’t understand a concept approach your teacher and ask for help.

6. Create A Study Plan: It’s time to make a study schedule and stick to it. Go to class, take good notes, get off of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Social media will still be there in an hour and forty-five minutes. Make time for the library and make time for study sessions. A little planning can go a long way, and keep you away from those difficult late night study sessions.

7. Use a Planner: Plan ahead. Write out what’s happening each week and allocate your time accordingly. Prioritize and do the most important things first. Students who use time management strategies will notice less anxiety and stress.

8. Remember Your Purpose: Revisit your goals from the beginning of the year. Remember why you want to do well. Focus on your vision for the future.

9. Divide and Conquer: Studying will go a lot easier—and you’ll feel a lot better about it—if you break your preparation into bite-sized, manageable pieces. Not only will the task seem smaller—which will keep you upbeat about the activity—you will avoid procrastination and (surprise) build up speed as the preparation goes on.

10. Reward Yourself: Not only will this lift your spirits, you’ll find yourself studying better when you’re in a relaxed and upbeat mood. Pick something you rarely get to do. Create a list of ways to reward yourself ahead of time so you can just select one without much thought when the time arrives.

Melanie Black of Student Futures is a certified academic life coach for students and teens. She has a passion to help students succeed. Academic coaching helps develop life skills for students as well as gives them academic strategies, which help to decrease anxiety and stress in students. Contact Melanie Black today for a free consultation at or (904) 487-8269.

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Soccer Teachers Students Life Skills

 1. Teamwork

Soccer requires teamwork. Each player has a different and important role. Everyone must communicate and work together to play the game. Teammates have to trust each other to do their job. They build confidence in each other. Being on a team helps one relate to, trust and communicate with others. In life there are many instances where we are part of a team or group and must work towards a common goal.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Henry Ford

2. Discipline

Soccer teaches self-discipline. Self-control and self-awareness are key to a player’s success. Not just in the physical sense, but also in the emotional sense.  Players must be able to monitor their behavior in order to be successful. In life we need self-discipline in school, work, and everyday life. People with strong self-discipline skills always do better in life.

3. Hard work

Hard work pays off! To be a good soccer player one must practice consistently. The professional players were not good at soccer when they first set foot on a field. They worked hard to get where they are and practice consistently to maintain their success. Hard work is required to achieve results. However, one of the hardest lessons is hard work does not guarantee success. That’s why it’s important to take pride in one’s effort and always learn from your experiences.

4. Setting Goals

Soccer players are constantly looking for ways to improve their game. Setting measurable goals helps them improve as it does anyone. Morgan Brian of the US Women’s National Soccer Team talks about and shows how her coach had her create SMART goals when she was in high school. She also mentions how she would wake up and write five goals on her bathroom mirror every morning. Check out her video by clicking HERE. Check out Student Futures post on goal setting HERE.

5. Perseverance

Life isn’t always fair. Let go of mistakes. Acknowledge them. Learn from them. Then, move past them. Soccer is challenging physically and mentally. The game demands perseverance. Losing a game or getting injured can affect a player’s confidence and sometimes quitting can be tempting.  It’s inspiring to watch players on the field. So many fall and get right back up. Players make mistakes and continue to play game after game. In life we must deal with situations as they arise and persevere through a variety of circumstances.

6. Risk-Taking

One moment can change everything! We have to be willing to take risks to get ahead in the game. Risk taking commands mental toughness. Soccer players learn how to be brave, tough and aggressive and prepared for games. A player may shoot for a goal from midfield and might fail. They could also make the goal. Dealing with failure is a part of taking risks. If you don’t fail, then how do you know when you’ve succeeded? In life we must take risks to get ahead. Risk taking leads to new ideas and experiences. When we fail it’s important to keep a growth mindset, learn from the experience, and decide what to do differently in the future. Keep learning!

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 Student Futures’s goal is to motivate and help students achieve their dreams through Academic Coaching. Know a teen who needs help getting on the right track to success? Click here to contact Student Futures today to set up an initial academic coaching consultation with Academic Coach, Melanie Black to learn more about how we help teens achieve their dreams and become masters of their own path to success.