Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | January 16, 2009

Freshman Action Plan: Spring

Fall semester gave you a taste of high school life.  You should use that experience to make adjustments to your study routine so that spring will be even better.  Again, remember that each test, quiz and homework assignment contributes toward your GPA.   Don’t fall into the trap of becoming complacent.


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 and .  Also, be sure to visit these links:, .
  3. Make sure you stick with your study routine. (Plan on dedicating at least three-hours per day towards studying.)  
  4. Don’t be shy about meeting with teachers for extra help.  Teachers do not see that as a sign of weakness.  Rather, they see that as an indication of a student’s commitment to doing well (and they usually reward that).



Start your spring reading with these great books—


The Genie in the Bottle: 64 All New Commentaries on the Chemistry of Everyday Life, by Joe Schwarcz

Winterdance:  The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod, by Gary Paulsen

The Lion and the Jewel, by Wole Soyinka

Shizuko’s Daughter, by Kyoko Mori





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