Preparing for the New School Year
High school junior year is one of the most memorable and hectic times in the life of teens. A large part of it is spent taking classes to prepare for the SATs and ACTs to help them get into the college of their choice. With the right scores, students can also become eligible for a scholarship. Some students choose to take their SAT in January, while others prefer to wait until May.
If your child is about to enter junior year, keep in mind that he or she must have enough time to prepare for the test, so it’s a good idea to enlist him or her in SAT courses that provide test-taking strategies and tutorials that can help him or her get high scores. Aside from the standardized tests, here are the other things that incoming high school juniors have to prepare for.
Junior students may already have an idea of what they would like to take up in college, and so they have to start doing research on the college they would like to attend. Guidance counselors can help students determine the course and college that would suit them, along with the available scholarships. Students can also go on college visits to their top choices during weekends or over the spring break.
Junior year is a time to get a head start on college applications. Students applying for college will need to submit their high school transcript, letters of recommendation, and their SAT or ACT test scores, so students should work towards achieving good grades, maintaining a good standing, and getting good scores in standardized tests. College admission offices will take a look at how diligent a student is with school work, and if he or she is driven to succeed.
In addition to academics, the accomplishments of students outside of class are also important. During freshman and sophomore years, students are given the chance to explore their interests; by junior year, students will have narrowed down their focus on one or two activities that they enjoy. Focusing on these activities can help students increase their skills and pave the way for a good career. Junior year is also the best time for students to start working on their accomplishments doc, which is similar to a resume. This document shows how a student spends his or her time outside of class—it can be taking a course, leading a club or organization, an internship, or a part-time job.
To keep track of achievements, students should make a list of what they have accomplished in high school so far. No achievement is too small. It can be participating in an activity such as first aid training or a seminar on social media, and it can also be volunteer work, such as helping out in the local animal shelter. The list can also contain jobs such as doing an internship at a news agency, being an assistant camp counselor, working as a secretary for a local business, or doing freelance writing work.
Preparing for the new school year can be overwhelming for incoming juniors, but knowing what to expect can significantly make the planning and execution easier.