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Jun192018

Junior Year Tips

By: Ester Teper
    
    Junior is arguably one of the hardest years, whether it be due to the looming idea of applying to college, or simply the rigor of academic classes. For me, junior year was in exactly the style that I expected to be, and I got many useful tips from the upperclassmen beforehand that I am now sharing with you. Junior year is definitely the first year that you are not guided by the hand through everything, and teachers treat you like an adult. The summer between sophomore and junior year is the time that most people mature the most, and it reflects how well they do in school.

[1] First off, make sure you do your objective notebook. Ms. Jensen offers extra credit on every single test if you do the objectives. Not only does it help your grade, but if you write out all of the notes in this notebook, you are automatically studying. Furthermore, you have a made studyguide for you by the end of the year! I think that this is actually the most important tip throughout junior year.

[2] For clubs and outside of school activities, make sure that you’re doing what you love. Freshman year I got involved in literally every single club in our school, and am still slightly active in most. However, I only commit myself to 2-3 clubs that I absolutely love and care about. You need to find these things for you, and never give up on the.
- On that note, if you have been doing something for a really long time outside of school (like playing an instrument or playing a sport), don’t suddenly stop due to a lack of time. Figure out how you can make more effective use of your time, whether it be coming to extra help or studying as lunch. You can decrease the number of hours you spend on something, but don’t give up on a hobby or something that’s really important to you. However, school comes first!

[3] If you are in IB Spanish SL, I recommend that you actually read the articles and practice your grammar. If you don’t practice the grammar, you will most likely lose it by the end of the year, as noone is going to guide you through it.

[4] If you are in a class where memorization is concerned, pay attention in class. I found that junior year I had almost no homework. However, there was a test or quiz every single day. (I can show you my PowerSchool calendar if you don’t believe me!) This meant that I paid attention in class and tried to understand everything, and ended up studying the night before. This is what nearly everyone does, but if you didn’t fully listen during class and suddenly have to take a cumulative test, this isn’t the best idea! No one is forcing you to take notes, no one is giving you random worksheets, and no one will tell you what to do. You need to really figure out how you study best and apply that.

[5] Don’t lose yourself. I cannot emphasize this enough. I have found that throughout my Biotech career, I have changed immensely, whether it be for the better or worse. However, something that I’ve found is that I found it increasingly difficult to connect with myself in the middle of junior year. When there is such a highly competitive and intense curriculum, you might want to bury yourself in your studies. Don’t forget to have fun!

    I hope these were useful for you! Good luck next year and I hope everyone has an amazing summer!

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