Last year, you started looking at opportunities and exploring different interests. Now it’s time to develop your strengths and skills.What should I be doing as a Sophomore?
- Keep working to attain excellent grades
- Check your Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Continue with extracurricular activities or try to join extracurricular activities, such as clubs, athletic teams, community services youth groups, etc.
- Investigate your options for participating in dual enrollment next year. This allows you to enroll in college courses
- Start studying for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. A great place to start is with the Test Prep section on the CFNC website
- Sign up for ACT Prep
Your checklistFALL - STUDY SKILLS
You’re not a stranger to class exams, pop quizzes, or standardized tests. Coursework is getting harder, though, and your teachers are testing you in different ways from middle school and 9th grade. You’re expected to keep up with weekly reading and study on your own. It’s up to you to take charge when you don’t understand something. Meet with your teacher when you need help and assemble peer study groups outside of the classroom. Your grades are important and your study habits will help you succeed.
WINTER - TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS
You’ve grown accustomed to adults and teachers telling you what to do and when to do it. But as a sophomore (and every year in the future), you’re responsible for managing your own workload and keeping track of test dates and deadlines. With this newfound independence, it’s easy to start procrastinating. Our advice? Make a daily and weekly to-do list to avoid night-before cramming and unnecessary stress. After all, college requires balancing your time. The better you are at time management now, the better prepared you’ll be in the future.
SPRING - CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
It’s important to choose courses that both interest and challenge you. You shouldn’t just choose courses that will help you get into college. If you think you’re ready to take on more rigorous coursework, talk to your school counselor or teachers about advanced options. This will ensure you stay on the right academic path.
SUMMER - COMPREHENSION SKILLS
College entrance exams - like the ACT and SAT - have critical reading sections that will test your ability to retain and understand written English. What’s the best way to sharpen these skills? Read as much as you can. It’s the best way to expand your vocabulary and increase how quickly and accurately you absorb information. That will benefit you at testing time, guaranteed.
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