Secondary school starts to get real once students reach forms 6 and 7.
This is the stage when teachers start to tell students that the major examinations at these two levels will either make or break their future, and rightly so.
The Fiji School Leaving Certificate Examination and Fiji Seventh Form Examination are two stepping stones of a student's future.
Scholarships are given based on merit, hence it becomes vital for students to score maximum marks in order to secure a place at university and also be considered for scholarships.
With the enormous workload and pressure of being a high school student, I understand what students go through.
Subjects become more detailed and extensive coverage is required.
Often times students find it hard to balance school work and extracurricular activities.
The key to succeeding in high school, regardless of which level you are in, is to keep yourself up to date with the work that you are required to do.
Every secondary school student needs a study timetable. This will ensure that you are paying attention to all the subjects that you're taking classes for.
Another key factor is revising the work that you have done every single day. This allows maximum retention.
Also, no matter how much you think you are bad at it, do not hate the subject. Have an open mind and find out why you don't like the subject. Talk to students, relatives and friends - and you may surprise yourself. Often times, students dislike a subject just because they dislike the teacher for some reason or another.
An idea would be to form peer groups to allow for constructive group discussions. It will be good if the people present in the group are good in the subjects.
Competition between peers is healthy, and such discussions can be helpful to all.
Just remember, while tough, high school can be a beautiful experience. This is where some of life's best memories are made so use this time wisely and work hard to get the most out of it.