Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | August 14, 2008

Freshman Action Plan: Fall

Beginnings are important, so you want to make sure your first semester of high school is successful.  Remember, every test, quiz and homework assignment contributes toward your GPA.  

 

This action plan will help you stay on top of your studies:

  1. Continue your independent reading program.  Set aside 30 minutes each and every day to read.  However, choose your books wisely; short stories and drama are great choices for when you do not have much time. 
  2. Work on your study skills—especially note-taking skills.  You can start by reading the postings in the ‘How to Study’ category in the column on the right, particularly https://wepoplaski.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/how-to-study-six-step-study-summary and https://wepoplaski.wordpress.com/2008/05/30/out-of-the-starting-blocks/ .  Also, be sure to visit these links:  http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~rapaport/howtostudy.html, http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetaking.systems.html .
  3. Develop and maintain a routine for studying and doing homework. Your routine should be consistent in both location and time.  The location should be quiet and well-lit; libraries are often a good choice.  Plan on dedicating at least three-hours per day towards studying.  If your homework load is light on any day, then use the balance of your time for recopying and reviewing notes or reading ahead in your textbook.
  4. Determine which of your courses will be the most difficult and allocate extra time for studying them.

 

RECOMMENDED READING

Start your fall reading with these great books—

 

A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

Lost in Yonkers, by Neil Simon

Persepolis:  The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

Lost in the City, by Edward P. Jones

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