Tips for Middle School Students
A new school year has started and for many students, it marks the threshold to a new beginning. For eighth-graders, it is their last year of transition before they enter the first year of high school and start seriously considering college.
There are many useful tips that eighth-graders can take advantage of while in the classroom this year to ensure successful educational futures.
- -One of the most important things to do in this crucial year is to be serious about what goes on in the classroom. The classes and homework will become harder as introductory algebra, geometry, basic geology and matters related to the U.S. Constitution and American history are added. There will be a lot of comprehensive reading involved and complex equations to be learned. However, it’s all in preparation for what is to come. High school, especially those that specialize in advanced placement courses, offer classes that help students become familiar with some of the studies that universities offer.
- -As the homework increases, since there will be more to learn, now is also a very important time to improve study habits. Each course will require some considerable amount of time spent on the assignments. That will require making schoolwork a priority and not watching as much T.V. or going on the Internet as much — cutting down on distractions. It will help to form study groups with classmates.
- -This final year of middle school will also help enhance writing skills. Students will have to write essays that describe, persuade, narrate, compare and contrast. They will also have to do rough drafts and outlines, which will help to organize their thoughts and structure them in the proper way.
- -Even though the Internet can be a distraction, it can also be utilized to start searching for information on prospective colleges, scholarships and financial aid opportunities. The World Wide Web can be an important tool in gathering information that is not in textbooks and in keeping up to date with developments at colleges of your choice.
- -Perhaps the most important tip is to not be afraid to participate in class discussions. If you do not know something, you should raise your hand and ask questions. The chance is very high that there are other kids who may need the same answers and a dialogue will only help everyone.
- -Many students do not seek help from their teachers and guidance counselors, and their grades suffer as a result. The foundation of your academic future depends on having good grades, and students need to do all they can to maintain the best possible scores.