SOPHOMORE YEAR GUIDE LIST
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- Plan for your upcoming year: What are you going to be involved in? Do you anticipate needing additional help in a class? What organization method are you going to utilize?
- Focus on academics:
- Allow adequate time to get coursework done.
- If you are struggling in a class, don’t wait to ask for help! Seek help early in the semester
- Continue to strengthen your GPA
- Take the PSAT
- Get Involved:
- Colleges and employers will look for involvement in activities while in high school
- Seek out leadership opportunities
- Quality over Quantity: Colleges and employers will want to see strong involvement in the activities you chose. It is better to be strongly involved in a few, than barely involved in a lot!
- Use your results from the PSAT as a way to prep for the actual SAT
- The PSAT helps students gauge how they may do one the SAT
- If an area needs improvement, focus on strengthening that skill area and seek help if needed
- On your PSAT score report there will be an access code listed. You can use this codeto sign in to My College QuickStart at http://www.collegeboard.com/ to help you prepare for the SAT
- Begin preparing for college entrance exams (SAT and ACT)
- Begin researching colleges you are interested in and their admission requirements
- Average SAT and ACT scores
- Average GPA of accepted students
- What community service or school involvement are they looking for?
- Continue to strengthen your GPA. Remember colleges will only see your grades from 9th, 10th and 11th grade when reviewing your application.
- Keep studying!
- Begin preparing for your final exams far enough in advance that you have time to review the material without feeling rushed.
- Explore different summer job and volunteer opportunities
- Read to continue to boost your skills
- Get involved in your community and school through camps, clubs or volunteer organizations.
- Begin to decide which colleges you will want to visit during your Junior year.
- If you plan to take the SAT or ACT more than one time for your best score, begin planning to take the exams for the first time during your Junior year.
Difficulty in a Class
If you are struggling in a class or have a particular issue in a class, you can use any of the following methods to improve your coursework:
- Set up a meeting with the teacher to determine what steps can be taken to help you succeed in the class.
- Set up a meeting with the teacher and a parent, if needed.
- If a student has met with the teacher and is still having issues, it may be beneficial for the teacher, parent and student to have a meeting together to discuss how to help the student succeed.
- Meet with a tutor
- Work with a classmate
TO-DO CHECKLIST FOR 10th GRADE 21st CENTURY SCHOLARS
- Take a Career Interests Assessment
- Get Workplace Experience
- Estimate the Costs of College
***Make sure you track all of these tasks in your Scholar Track account***
For any question or additional help with completing these tasks, please see your School Counselor