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What to Expect Sophomore Year of High School

No Comments 26 July 2017

You’ve made it through your freshman year. The anxieties and uncertainties of being at a new school are gone. What’s next on your to-do list? Tackling sophomore year, of course. Here’s what you can expect for the upcoming school year.

You know the lay of the land. You have your friends, you know plenty of teachers and you know how long it takes to get from one place to another. You now can spend time diving deeper into after-school activities, studying and getting to know the friends you made last year. Maybe you can even impart some wisdom onto the incoming freshmen.

You will hear more about the PSAT/Pre-ACT. Junior year of high school often is considered the most important of all four years. Part of that reason is that is the year you will take either the SAT or ACT. Sophomore year will include some preparation leading up to that. The PSAT or Pre-ACT is a standardized test you likely will take some point soon. It will give you a good gauge to see where you stand before junior year. Read up on the PSAT.

You will have a study style, but classes will get harder. The difference between eighth grade and freshman year of high school was likely a wakeup call. You adapted and learned how to succeed. Sophomore year teaches you that high school will continue to get harder. You might have to adjust your study style again this year. Take a look at these study tips that will help you excel.

College is not that far away. A lot of your focus freshman year might have been learning the ropes in high school. Now it is time to learn how to begin your journey to college. You don’t need to find your dream school this year, but if you start to browse colleges now, you will thank yourself later. College Greenlight can help to ease you into the college application process. Think about what it important to you in a college and add it to your College List within your College Greenlight profile. You can add and remove schools and apply through College Greenlight when the time comes.


How To Boost Your GPA During the Summer

No Comments 12 July 2017

If your grades from last year aren’t where you’d like them to be or you want to improve your GPA, summer is the perfect time to get ahead. Check out these tips for boosting your GPA this summer.

Get a tutor. Not good with numbers? Find a math tutor. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Everyone has different learning styles. A tutor can help you achieve a breakthrough with a difficult subject. Extra one-on-one attention can make a world of difference.

Take classes at a community college. Many people take college classes during the summer to get ahead. There is another motive. As long as the credits transfer to your future college, you can take equivalent of a required general education course at your community college. Typically, classes are accepted on a pass/fail basis. That means if you know this class will be particularly challenging for you, it will not negatively impact your overall GPA.

Keep reading. It’s easy to give yourself a break during the summer, but it also is important to keep your mind sharp. Creating a summer reading list is a great way to do this. Be sure to include a mix of school-required books, as well as books that are just for fun.

Enroll in summer school. This is probably the most common way to improve your grades during the summer. Retaking a course during the summertime cuts down the distractions of extracurricular activities and allows for more one-on-one time with an instructor. If it is too late to enroll this summer, it always can be an option for next year.

Doing schoolwork during the summer is never ideal. But if your grades are suffering, you will thank yourself in the long run.


How to Pick Classes for the First Semester of College

No Comments 20 June 2017

Picking classes in college is more complicated than it was in high school. Here are some tips to help you select the best courses for your schedule.

Select classes that will give you lasting skills. Certain classes might sound more fun, but they won’t benefit you in the long run. Play to your skills and take classes that optimize them. If you are good at writing, find a writing course. If you like numbers, try an accounting class. By sharpening your skills, you’ll have a better chance of landing a career that you will be suited for.

Get general education requirements out of the way. There might be some pressure for you to select a major right away. No matter what major you choose, you will have to take a number of general education courses. Every university selects a number of these courses that each student must complete. By knocking these out of the way, you allow yourself more time to decide on a major.

Check Rate My Professors. In case you haven’t heard of this site, it allows students to review any professor at their school. The beauty of college is that, unlike high school, you have a choice of which professor teaches your class. Thoroughly read these reviews and take them seriously. If there is a consistent theme in a professor’s reviews that you believe would not mesh well with your learning style, you can try to avoid that professor.

Utilize college credits. If you earned any sort of college credit in high school, find out if this course fulfills any required class at your college. If it does, you could be on the track to graduate early and save money.

Register early. You likely will not have control over when you can register for classes. But if you can, register as early as possible. You will have a lot of students trying to take the same classes as you. Don’t waste any time.

Student Life

How to Prepare for the School Year

No Comments 12 June 2017

The school year will be here before you know it. Here’s how you can prepare for the upcoming academic year this summer.

Purchase your school supplies early. Sure, the last thing you want to do this early in summer is to purchase school supplies. But the later you wait, the more picked over things will be. That’ll cause unnecessary stress. Get your supplies early.

Keep reading. Don’t let your brain go to waste. Keep it active by reading. If you have a reading list to work through, start early and mix in other books you want to read for fun.

Research your classes. Learn your class schedule so you know where to go on your first day. Read up on your classes as well. Familiarize yourself with the class description, start to learn the reading list and know the expectations. This way you’re not going in blind and will have a leg up for your classes.

Keep a normal sleep schedule. Your sleep schedule will change during the summer but don’t let that go on for too long. If you wait until the last minute, it’ll be too hard to readjust. Starting off sleep deprived is not a great way to begin the academic year.

Relax and recharge. The school year can be long – you deserve a break. See movies, go to the beach and spend time with your family. You’ll feel ready to tackle the next school year if you feel relaxed.


How to End the School Year Strong

No Comments 08 May 2017

The school year is coming to a close. It’s important to keep up momentum and not lose steam. Check out these tips for ending the school year on a high note.

Keep Studying

With summer so close, it’s easy to pack it in and coast through the end of the school year. You need to resist that urge. No matter what year you are in school, the grades from your final projects and tests matter. These grades can play a part in your college admissions chances, so take them seriously.

Don’t Procrastinate

Don’t put it off — just finish long-term assignments now. If you let your work pile up, you will end up with too much on your plate with quickly approaching deadlines. This will bring unnecessary stress and keep you from giving each of your assignments your full attention. If you buckle down and finish your work now, you will be doing yourself a favor.

Maintain a Routine

The days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer, so it’s tempting to spend time outside or with friends. But until the summer arrives, keep your regular school year routine. Finish your homework when you normally do it and continue to go to bed around the same time every day. This will keep you in the right mindset to stay focused for the rest of the school year.

Seek Out Extra Credit

Talk to your teachers and see if there are any extra credit opportunities available. You don’t need to be failing a class to benefit from extra credit. If you are on the border between two grades, extra credit can bump you up to the higher grade.

Take Care of Yourself

No matter how well you prepare yourself, the end of the school year can be a little stressful. Make sure to carve time out in your schedule for a little relaxation. Eat a healthy snack or exercise to clear your mind.

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