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We have all heard of extracurricular activities, but what are the real term benefits in going beyond the school timetable and curriculum?

Involving ones self in extracurricular activities means you are going above and beyond your school requirements. However, simply playing golf with your friends on the weekends for fun isn’t actually an extracurricular activity, even though it has nothing to do with school. Extracurricular activities require a regular time commitment, such as being on a sports team, forming a student newspaper, playing the violin in the local orchestra or taking an online course on robotics.

A significant amount of research has been carried out on this over many years, and the results strongly suggest that if you are engaged regularly in activities beyond the classroom, you are more likely to increase your academic performance.

Susan Gerber found that extracurricular participation is not detrimental to student performance, but rather, that participation in these types of activities promotes greater academic performance. This supports multiple findings that participation in non-school related activities is strongly associated with high achievement. Such studies support the widely held belief in educational circles, that involvement in athletics for secondary school students for example, does not endanger, but rather significantly enhances, academic prowess.

So what are the actual tangible benefits of committing your time and effort to these extra activities?

Well, the benefits are many. Firstly, they broaden social opportunities, improving confidence and increasing self-esteem. Secondly, they allow students to explore interests usually beyond their regular reach, which in turn, has a positive impact on their life prospective. Importantly, these activities contribute towards the development of practical life skills, such as goal-setting, prioritisation, problem-solving, leadership and public speaking, to name but a few. Finally, the quantifiable benefits broadly lead to improved academic performance, stronger resumes and applications, and in turn, entrance to superior universities and internships, higher future salaries, and improved health.

So the question is, can I afford not to be involved in activities beyond the classroom?

Thanks for reading. For an interesting read and some top tips on “how to outshine the competition”, follow the link  ➡ https://www.crimsoneducation.org/au/blog/extracurricular-activity-examples

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