What Students in 8th – 10th Grades Need to Know for Back-to-School

With the new school year right around the corner, we would like to offer advice to help students understand their priorities to have a successful year. Below are some tips that UCEazy has prepared to help 8th- 10th graders.
UCEazy believes that top colleges look for more than just academic credentials. They also consider the personal and social attributes of a student. That’s why our recommendations below address two areas: Academic and Personal/Social.
8th Graders
The final year of middle school is one that requires preparation because high school can be challenging. This year is also a time to be reflective and become more self-aware.
Academic

  • Completing homework is necessary and important for repeating content but not sufficient for academic success. Academic success requires a routine to complete homework, read core content, take notes, and review key details multiple days in advance of the exams.
  • Time management is essential. Successful students have many responsibilities outside of completing assignments, so learning to juggle everything is important.
  • Studying, which consists of reading, taking thorough notes, and constantly reviewing course content, is difficult to do well. Many students will need to practice their study habits.
  • Scheduling activities and other important information need to be put into a planner.
Personal/Social

  • Students need to reflect on their strengths and areas of improvement to gear up for high school.
  • Part of self-reflection consists of understanding what motivates the student, and how they can discover opportunities to further their personal and social development.
  • School is meant to be challenging, but it should also be enjoyable. There is value for students who explore their passions and follow these interests diligently over time.
9th Graders
Often the first year of high school is the most difficult year. Teachers’ expectations are different, so students’ mindsets need to change. During this transition, parents may need to increase their encouragement. We recommend a reflective approach that allows the student to become more self-aware. Students will need to become self-motivated so they develop in academic and personal/social areas.
Academic:

  • Completing homework is necessary and important for repetition of content, but not sufficient for academic success. Academic success requires a routine to complete homework, read core content, take notes, and review key details multiple days in advance of the exams.
  • Time management is essential. Successful students have many responsibilities outside of completing assignments, so learning to juggle everything is important.
  • Studying, which consists of reading, taking thorough notes, and constantly reviewing course content, is difficult to do well. Many students will need to practice their study habits.
  • Students need to schedule activities and other important information.
Personal/Social:

  • Students need to reflect on their strengths and areas of improvement throughout the year
    Part of self-reflection is understanding what motivates the student, and how they can discover opportunities to further their personal and social development.
  • School is meant to be challenging, but it should also be enjoyable. There is value for students who explore their passions and follow these interests diligently over time.
10th Graders
The goal during the second year of high school is to fine-tune some of the skills developed in the previous years, as well as pinpoint growth areas that need to be developed. Academic growth will always be a major focus, but developing the personal/social domains should be a priority:
Personal/Social:

  • Students need to refine their strengths and continue to improve them as much as possible. However, students need to be willing to ask for support as needed.
  • Students should focus on outside opportunities that will help them grow and solidify their passions.
  • Students can benefit from tapping into their creative sides and learning how to make decisions by independently working towards their personal and career goals.
If you are a parent who was born outside of the U.S. and need assistance securing entrance for your child’s dream college, UCEazy offers two programs. The first program prepares students for college admissions (grades 8-10) and the second helps students during the college application process (grades 11-12). For more information or to register for a free consultation, please contact us at info@uceazy.com or 1-833-982-3299.