It’s never too early to start planning for college and a great career. The most important thing you can do now is succeed in school. Do your best every day, and ask for help when you need it. Here are some tips to keep you on the path to success.
Do your homework
Doing your homework will help you keep up your grades and develop your skills for test time. Working on problems or reading a little each day will keep the ideas fresh in your head. You’ll do better on standardized tests like the ISTEP+ if you do your homework, too.
If you are tempted to talk to friends or daydream when your teacher is talking, come up with strategies to stay focused on your learning. Take notes or sit at the front of the class. You may need to talk to your parents or teacher if noisy friends are a big problem.
Don’t plan on just remembering everything before a test. You probably won’t remember as much as you think you do. Schedule time the night before a test to review the material. You may find that you learn best if you make flashcards or say things out loud.
Making healthy food choices can help you learn better. No one can concentrate on an empty stomach! Always eat breakfast. Avoid eating a lot of sweets, especially right before a test. Watch out for sugary drinks, too. They will give you fast energy, but it won’t last.
Get enough sleep
Your body—including your mind—won’t function right if you don’t give yourself enough sleep. Missing a TV show for an extra hour of sleep is worth it. You will be able to pay attention better, and it will be easier to remember what you’re learning in school.