To be successful in secondary school and beyond, students should understand all aspects of studying, teaching, and learning. They should know the four types of learners and be able to identify which learning style best suits them. Students should also recognize various study skills and be aware of the importance of being "primed to learn" by noticing and enhancing their own motivation, self-discipline, critical thinking skills, and time management. Awareness of testing issues-such as test anxiety, study guides, cramming, and preparing for certain types of problems, like word problems-is integral to any secondary school career. To have a successful classroom learning experience, a student should be aware of all the components involved: classroom discussions, paying attention, preparing for class, successful note taking, and teacher communication. Research papers and essay writing are integral to any secondary school and post-secondary school educational experience. To write a good paper, students must understand all the issues concerning plagiarism, tone, editing and proofreading, essay organization, unbiased writing, and thesis statement construction.
If a student is not able to attend and be successful at traditional schools, there are distance learning programs available. Distance learning programs include the Army Distance Learning Program, distance learning secondary schools, and distance learning colleges and universities.