Here are a few tips to help keep you on the right path this school year.

1. It is a lot easier to keep up than to catch up. Keep up with your class work, keep up with studying, keep up with important dates, and keep up with your grades. If you find yourself falling behind or getting confused, please talk with your teachers to get some help to be able to keep up.

2. Take the time to be organized. It's difficult to put everything in exactly the right place when rushing between classes, but take some time at least weekly to clean out your backpack and binders. The easier it is to find what you need the less frustrated you’ll be and the more likely it is that you’ll perform better in school.

3. Memorize your multiplication tables. This might be an elementary school skill, but this is one of the most important mathematical skills to build. Whether you’re in elementary school, middle school, or high school, make flashcards and memorize these facts.

4. Remember, the most important book to read is whatever book your English teacher just assigned. Don't bluff your way through literature assignments; don't watch the movie instead of read the book, those never work. It might help to get the books on tape or CD to use along with reading the book, but don’t skip the reading.

5. Do exactly what your teachers ask for in their assignments. Unfortunately many students receive lower than expected grades on assignments because they thought they had a different or better way of doing something. There's a reason the teacher asked for the work to be done a certain way, so follow their instructions exactly.

6. Start exploring your post-secondary options so you know how to plan your high school career. If you're going to college, check the admission requirements while you're in middle school to determine if your dream schools require two or three years of foreign language. Will you need to take physics for a career you’re considering? If you want to go into medicine, plan on taking science all four years. Advanced planning, well before your senior year, is critical to being admitted to college and succeeding once you get there. If you're not going to college perhaps your high school offers courses to help you prepare for the job market you're interest in joining. Take those classes.

7. Put your education first, other activities second. As a student your "job" is to go to school, learn the material, and prepare yourself for your future. True, there are important skills and lessons to learn from extracurricular activities and part-time jobs, but if you’ve completed your homework and studying first you'll be able to enjoy those activities more because you won't have to worry about not getting your schoolwork completed. However, this leads to...

8. Get involved. Have a good time. Don't miss out on something and regret it later. Your school years present opportunities for you to try new activities, take risks, meet new people, and have a lot of fun. If you’re curious about something that looks like fun, and it is safe and doesn’t break any rules, try it. Colleges also like seeing well-rounded individuals on their applications!

9. BE NICE AND SMILE. You'll make more friends, enjoy school more, and make others feel good just simply by being nice. This includes being nice to other students, to the teachers, to other faculty embers, to the secretaries, custodians, everyone around you. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life, be nice to those students who have few friends, are new to the school, or seem particularly sad. It’s never wrong to be nice.

10. NO MATTER WHAT, BE TRUE TO YOURSELF. If the people around you are pressuring you to do something you are uncertain about or really don't want to do, please don’t give in. You know what is right and what is wrong; follow your instincts, they're usually right.


USE YOUR PLANNER. It has been said that you can tell a lot about a person by how you spend your time and your money. Keep track of assignments and events on your calendar so you don't forget about that big test coming up or that you have a track meet the same day a big paper is due.

Put together a notebook or folder in which you keep pertinent materials regarding college and scholarship applications! I suggest getting a notebook, a set of 5 dividers, and 12 - 20 page protectors but you need to find something that works for you!

Section 1 - Senior News - Keep all pertinant senior news in one section

Section 2 - College Applications - Use a few page protectors to keep copies of college applications

Section 3 - Scholarship Applications - Use a few page protectors to keep copies of scholarship applications

Section 4 - Resume’ - Keep several copies of your resume in a page protector for easy access when you need one!

Section 5 - Letters of Recommendation - Keep copies of letters in a page protector

Section 6 – Transcripts – Keep copies in a page protector

*This is just a suggestion. Find a system that works for you to help you stay organized!!!!!