10 Tips to Start Your High School Year Off Right

images-resized-600Students of all kinds want to make the most of each year starting with choosing their classes.  From the nervous freshman to the eager senior, every student should have the common goal of pressing forward toward college!  To help students get back to school on the right foot, SAT Prep Group and our friends, International College Counselors would like to share some tips to start your year off right.

1. Much like you will have to do in college, consider your courses and what you will need to graduate, what will look best on your high school resume, your grades, reflect best as part of your personality and make you happiest.  In other words, challenge yourself but never overwhelm yourself.  You want to do your best.

2.  Give yourself time to participate in school clubs, extracurricular activities, sports, or classes that you find fun.  Explore your interests!  If you don’t like what you did last year make a change and try something new next year.  You won’t know if you like it until you try it.

3.  Start looking into scholarships for college.  A variety of college scholarships start rewarding at the freshmen level of high school.  Write down the deadlines and stay organized.  Don’t wait to see how much school will cost you.  Start saving now.  Everyone can use a scholarship.

4.  Make a commitment to work hard.  Everyone can use good grades!  If you need help get it before you fall behind.  Don’t compare yourself to the class either.  You are only up against yourself.  If you are not doing your best, then don’t be ashamed to ask for help.  Everyone can use help at all levels.

5.  Do your homework and do your best whether or not you like your teacher or like the subject of your class.  We are all required in high school AND in college to take classes we may not like.  Get used to it.  This is good practice for your future with college as it will be for future careers.  Plus don’t forgt that teachers are where your college recommendation letters come from.

6.  Build your vocabulary.  Read.  Read.  Read.  Read.  The PSAT, ACT, and SAT all count on your having a good vocabulary.  It is much easier to build your vocabulary over time than to try to cram a vocabulary over a few weeks of studying.  Reading will also help your writing, critical thinking, and speaking skills.

7.  Work on a unique set of skills and develop your mindset.  Decide to be really good at something, and set aside some time each week to practice.  Become an expert in that field.

8.  Don’t put anything on social media that you think can embarass you or that you will regreat.  If you wouldn’t want the admission director of your #1 college to read it than don’t post it.

9.  Make smart decisions on alcohol, sex, and drugs.  You’re underage in the United States.  Don’t post these things on your social media.  Don’t post pictures.  Don’t find yourself at a party that will ultimately lead you to a legal record.  One dumb mistake can ruin your life and take your dream college career from a reality to just a dream overnight.

10.  Be nice to your parents.  They really do know what is best for you.  That’s probably why they’ll sign you up for an SAT Prep Group study course and tell you taking the SAT or ACT one more time to raise your grades is important to your future.

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