October Tips for 8th-12th Graders
Fall is in full swing, and it is important for students to continue building on their foundation for a successful school year. Below are some tips that will help students in each grade.
- Continue developing activities on your list.
- Start researching activities that will be interesting this year and for the remainder of high school and/or beyond.
- Dedicate time every month to make progress in these activities.
- Continue to explore clubs on campus.
- Apply for leadership positions within school clubs.
- Research opportunities at the local city hall.
- Take an additional step forward by aligning your activities with your interests and passions.
- Try to establish career goals through some of these activities.
- Remember this year is important for college preparation.
- Continue managing your time between academics and extracurricular throughout the week.
- Assess your time management. Are you allowing yourself enough time for school work, activities, sleep and social time?
- Evaluate grades. Are you doing as well as you planned?
- What are you doing in your extra-curricular activities? Are you making an impact?
- Consider activities that give back to the community.
- Create a standardized test plan.
- Create application accounts if you have not done so – Common App., Coalition App, and school-specific applications.
- Register to take your last standardized test in November or prior.
- Have you finalized your college list?
- Finish writing your main essay.
- Work on your supplement essays.
- Evaluate your grades. Remember, some colleges can still use these for admission decisions.
- Reconnect with your teachers who are writing your letters of recommendation and thank them.
- Meet with your high school counselor to verify your college list and confirm the dates when they will send your transcript
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