The summer is a time for secondary school students to relax and unwind but it’s also an important time to brush up on some personal development skills that will enable them to hit the ground running when school starts back in September.
While not all specifically written for teenagers, the four books below will help young adults to develop lifelong skills such as focus, motivation, discipline and self-confidence.
Learning these qualities, skills and attributes at a young age is crucial to leading a happy, productive and successful life as an adult.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
By Sean Covey
Written by the son of author Stephen Covey who wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, this book takes those principles and rewrites them for teenagers. It uses real-life stories from teenagers around the world who overcame obstacles to succeed as well as step-by-step guides to shifting paradigms, creating action plans and more. This book can be used by teenagers in many areas of their life, not just school.
The Power of Habit
By Charles Duhigg
In this book, Charles Duhigg examines why habits exist and what we can do to change them. Although this book was not specifically written for young adults, it can be used by teenagers to learn how to become more productive, achieve more success in their lives and make the most of the positive habits they already have.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and it’s all Small Stuff
By Richard Carlson
This book is all about living our lives in a less stressful way. It teaches us how to let go of little problems so they don’t grow into bigger issues. In this book, Richard Carlson examines the strategies we can use to have a more fulfilled life and it would be particularly useful for young adults who experience increased stress or anxiety as exam season approaches.
By Carson Tate
Carson Tate wrote this book to help people understand and embrace their productivity style. As a productivity expert, she teaches readers how to understand their productivity style as well as the style of those around them. As exam season approaches, this book would be particularly useful in helping teenagers to become more productive in a way that is unique and meaningful to them.
Study Skills Seminar
If you’d like your teen to develop focus, motivation and discipline ahead of the new school year, our next Study Skills Seminar is happening on Saturday, September 24th.
Over the course of 1 day, secondary school students from 3rd year to Leaving Cert will learn everything they need to know in order to achieve the highest grades they’re capable of achieving.
- Online study tools that will enable them to study smarter, not harder
- Study techniques that suit each individual learning style
- How to develop focus & motivation
- Organisational and time-management skills
- Strategies to cultivate confidence and a positive study mindset