As another school year begins, St. Thomas More continues to welcome new and recurring students for the 2013-2014 scholastic year. Initiation has finished, the grade nine dance has taken place, and teachers are just starting to assign a decent amount of homework each night. For grade nines, it will be their first time experiencing exams and constant assignments, while the grade twelves prepare for post-secondary education. It can all be
To succeed in these four years, it is imperative to remember a couple of things while completing your current grade:
Most importantly, and most simply – review the lessons. It doesn’t take as long to memorize definitions and formulas if you read them over every night, guaranteeing a high mark on an upcoming test or quiz. Not only does this technique keep you from procrastinating, it also creates an excellent routine to use for other assignments and projects. Therefore, avoid cramming for tests or quizzes.
Secondly – get involved. Universities aren’t looking for students with just good grades; they also expect you to have participated in many extra-curricular and volunteer activities. There are multiple clubs and sports offered at STM, many of which you can join without auditioning or trying out. Having a list of extra-curricular activities on your application, or even a resume for a part time job, can help you land a spot at your favourite post-secondary institution.
Lastly – find a balance. It’s easy for students to become involved with friends during and outside of school, but don’t let too many social activities distract you from achieving good grades. Go out, enjoy being a teenager, but be sure to find a balance between going to the movies theatres and staying in to study the night before for that important test or completing an important essay.
Following these three tips can hopefully assure your success as a high school student. High school can be a very exciting experience, where you experiment with all types of activities—academic, spiritual and athletic. Doing well in high school also prepares you on how you are going to spend the rest of your existence. Use the tools available to you wisely.