Preventing Dropout and Overcoming School Failure

30 Ways for Older Teens and Young Adults to Achieve Academic Success

On a difficult day at school, or when trying to balance school, work and home, you may find that the decision to drop out of school may appear to be the right thing to do.  But the truth is, staying in school often makes more sense. Fear of failing, being intimidated by the system, or thinking that education really wouldn’t make a difference to your life chances are thoughts that often lead to young people dropping out of school. 

Preventing Dropout and Overcoming School Failure: 30 Ways for Older Teens and Young Adults to Achieve Academic Success points to some of the difficulties, real or imagined, that students have with school, and shows ways of overcoming these difficulties.  Apart from encouraging students to develop confidence in themselves through discovering their intelligences,  this book provides various opportunities that students can choose to restart their education, even if they have already dropped out of school.

Preventing Dropout and Overcoming School Failure: 30 Ways for Older Teens and Young Adults to Achieve Academic Success encourages students to more confidently improve themselves in preparation for the world of work or for pursuing even higher education.  Some of the issues dealt with in this book include being your best, dealing with self-doubt, intimidation and self sabotage; examining various educational options; thinking of important life skills; and matching careers and the job market.

Author's Notes

I am an avid reader and will read anything worthwhile and interesting, especially autobiographies.  I have been fortunate to have written several book-length autobiographies: for a WWII pilot, a Holocaust survivor, a Christian minister, a soccer referee over his 55 years’ career, and a single mother, who with an unusual childhood history, brought up five successful adults on her own. I am also fortunate to be able to help many other individuals write their own autobiographies and to learn a great deal from their experiences.  

My interest in writing the Successful Youth Living Series stems from my working with young people and writing a weekly column for a number of years; but the catalyst for my interest in this age group stems from my own personal experience as a young person. Away from home on a scholarship during these formative years and planning to quit school because of the actions of unthinking adults, who had good intentions, I was fortunate to have found a good mentor.  An insightful professor took an interest in me, as a young person who needed some guidance, and through conversations taught me many of the lessons that I hope many young people would gain from these books. I am indebted to her, who was from a different religion, different race, different age, and a whole different worldview, and who was able to help me become an independent critical thinking young adult, ready to take on the world on my terms.  My goal is to pay this forward.  I have several books in this series at

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Genre: Non Fiction > Personal Development

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ISBN: 9781989480021

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