The second half of your school year is in full swing. Your first set of grades for the year are in the past, but now is a great time to reflect on things you can change: study habits, class choices, relationships with teachers. Here are the academic items that students should focus on the 2nd Semester/2nd half (of the year):
Juniors: Make and commit to your SAT/ACT prep plan, strengthen your relationships with your teachers, and plan for a strong senior year.
I know there are a lot of things calling for your attention, but do your best to prioritize SAT or ACT preparation if you have one of these college admission tests planned this spring. I promise you will thank your future self if you can give these tests your best effort now, instead of postponing until the summer or fall of your senior year or having to restudy and retake the test later. A key component to successful test prep is a written plan. Pick your test date, and go back at least two months to start your prep. Mark in your calendar when, where, and for how long you will study. Putting away your phone and headphones so that you have a quiet space to study will help mock the test conditions so that you are prepared to retrieve the information under those same (quiet) conditions. Here are some advantages to testing the end of your junior, as well as tips to determine if you are ready to take the exam.
Additionally, now is the time to start thinking about which one to two teachers would be good advocates for your college applications. If you don’t have great relationships with any of your teachers, reflect on why that might be and what you can do to change that. Take the time to get to know your teachers, let them know what you are enjoying about their class as well as what topics are giving you trouble. Give them the opportunity to help you and to see your work ethic and willingness to grow. Continue reading