Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | January 5, 2009

Senior Action Plan: Spring

The last semester that ‘counts’ for college applications is behind you.  You already have completed most of your high school graduation requirements and may even have an ‘early decision’ college acceptance in hand.  

 

Now is the time to relax and coast through your final high school semester.

 

No! 

 

Would it be wise for an 8th grader to coast his or her way into high school?  That 8th grader would be better served by honing reading, math and study skills.  Students need to be well-prepared for high school.  The same is true for college.

 

You want, and need, to have great reading skills, sharp math skills, and excellent study skills when you step into your first college classroom this coming autumn.  The worst thing you can do now is to become lackadaisical.  

 

Use this Action Plan to keep your skills sharp during the Spring Semester:

  1. Add to your daily reading routine. (e.g., use this blog’s Weekly Read-Along; have a book you are reading; read the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.)
  2. If you are taking any Advanced Placement courses, start studying for the exam now. (Buy a study guide, and follow a daily study schedule faithfully.)
  3. Complete your college applications.  It is getting late, so do not delay!
  4. As soon as your college choice becomes clear, try to settle on a major and begin to investigate the courses you plan to take in the fall.  This will give you an idea of the workload you will face so you can start to prepare yourself. (Check the college’s website. Some instructor’s post the syllabi of the courses they teach).

 

RECOMMENDED READING

Start your spring reading with these great books—

 

The Antibiotic Paradox, by Stuart B. Levy

The Following Story, by Cees Nooteboom

Kokoro, by Natsume Soseki

Madness: a Brief History, by Roy Porter

Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Becket


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