It's the start of a new school year, and the perfect time to start building good habits that will serve you all year long. Ready to evaluate your study skills? Test yourself and see where you can improve!
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It’s officially August, and that means high school starts again in a matter of weeks. Before you let an overwhelming feeling of dread wash over you, just take a deep breath. With a little planning and foresight, your high school years can be both rewarding and fun...I promise. It’s time to figure out your perfect four-year plan!
Exam period can be an extremely stressful time for students and AP exams are no exception. When stress gets the better of us, it can really affect performance. But how do you conquer test nerves? Below are some strategies to remain calm and put your best foot forward during the AP exam period.
Regardless of whether you’re pursuing a career in STEM, social sciences, or the arts it is important to continue your growth in literacy. In previous book club posts, we’ve talked about how reading can act as a calm space in the craziness of college preparation, as well as develop your writing and creative thinking skills. In addition to these outstanding literacy benefits, reading regularly can provide you with new experiences, perspectives, and life lessons that will help you become a more well-rounded student and individual. With that said, here are few reads to add to your spring reading list:
As promised, we are back with our book recommendations for February! If you missed our first post in January, we talked about the positive impact a love for reading can have on college readiness.
Establishing good study habits can take time and practice, but the sooner you start focusing on forming good practices, the easier it will be to succeed in high school. With every passing year of school, students’ workload gets heavier and more challenging. Students should have a plan to tackle the increasing schoolwork and effective study habits should be an important aspect of that plan.
This is a question that so many parents find themselves asking when their child is starting the application process. How involved in the process should I be? How often should I check on their progress without seeming pushy? How can I support them so they feel they have the resources to succeed?
High School is hard. A typical day might begin at 6:00 am, getting ready, finishing up last minute homework, commuting to school. Then going from class to class for 8 hours, followed by extracurriculars, club meetings, SAT prep, and sports practices for another 2-4 hours. By now it is 7:00 pm and a student might still have 3 hours worth of homework ahead of them before they can finally take a break and either fall right asleep or stay up until the early morning watching tv, scrolling through social media, or playing video games, doing any activity in an attempt to regain some downtime.
Studying can be a pain, especially if you don’t know the right way to do it! Maintaining your grades throughout high school can be difficult if your study habits aren’t effective. And without good grades, it can be hard to maximize your chances of going to your chosen college.
I recently offered to help my procrastination-prone younger brother edit his college applications. He brought his essays to me the night they were due, giving me his analysis of his own study skills: “I always do my assignments last-minute, and I’m doing fine,” which is ostensibly true—he’s a stellar high school student with impressive extracurriculars.
As you prepare for college, you might want to check out some of the great apps available to make your life easier. I’ve pulled together apps to improve note taking, studying, scheduling, personal safety, and getting around your college town. Most of these are great for high schoolers as well. What are my picks?
Study breaks can be a rabbit hole. Sometimes, you take a break and the online labyrinth takes you to the unknown (you start by Googling which Xbox games are coming out next month and end up on
You've checked your phone so many times that your wrist is sore. So, you take a break, staring at the ceiling. Maybe it's time for a snack?
If you were like me in class, you preferred to observe. You liked to take in your environment and soak in all the details. When it was time for a class discussion, you preferred to listen rather than assert your opinion.