• SOPHOMORE STUDENT CHECKLIST

     

    Recipe for Success: Show up for class every day, turn in every piece of homework and participate at least once a day in each class!

     

    August
    • Set your own personal goals for success in your classes and personal life
    • Share your goals with your teachers and develop a good rapport with each of them
    • Select a few activities, athletics, clubs and/or community service opportunities to try this year
    • Maintain strong study habits to help achieve your maximum potential
    • Make it your responsibility to listen to/read the Daily Bulletin www.drakehs.org 
    September
     
    • Develop good study habits
    • Strengthen your relationship with your counselor and ask questions
    • Write the names and phone numbers of at least three students and all teachers in your Pirate Planner in case you are out ill or need help clarifying a homework assignment
    • Plan an activities schedule that may include participation in one or more of the following: athletics, drama, music, student government, school-related activities (clubs), a job, and community service
    • Use every Tutorial for academic support
    October
     
    • Continue to use your Pirate Planner and check it daily
    • Seek help from teachers if you don’t understand assignments or are struggling in a class
    • Take the PSAT test in October if your math placement is geometry or above
    • Familiarize yourself with the Drake website: www.drakehs.org

    November 
     
    • Take the PLAN test - the practice for the ACT
    • If you have not already done so, commit yourself to one or two extracurricular activities you can sustain over the next two years  
    December 
     
    • Begin studying 15 minutes per day of each academic subject that you will be having a final exam for.  By starting early, you allow plenty of time to reinforce the information, practice skills you need to improve, and figure out what questions to ask your teacher prior to the final
    • Over breaks, take the opportunity to visit college campuses, just to get a feel for the variety of schools that are out there before you start your research process during junior year
    • Plan to read a fantastic book over the break – just for FUN!  That’s right, read for fun!

    January  
     
    • Be certain you are fulfilling all course requirements to graduate click here   as well as meet your college preparatory goals  (UC “a-g” list), and see Ms Souder if you have questions
    • Visit the College/Career Center

    February  
     
    • Investigate your eligibility for honors and AP (Advanced Placement) courses for junior year (see Student Resources link for info)
    • Continue to expand participation in extra-curricular activities - sports, clubs, community service, drama, music, student government, a job, an internship
    March 
     
    • Talk with parents, teachers, and your counselor about your strengths and challenges and assess goals related to maximizing strengths and overcoming challenges
    • Participate in extracurricular activities, clubs or other organizations
    April
     
    • Plan your summer activities: school, work, internship or community service
    • Consider taking a SAT Subject exam if you are taking World History, Chemistry or Pre- Calc or if you are completing an Honors or AP course
    • Attend the College Fair in spring at Dominican University
    • Begin to research some college choices
    • Assess your needs and interests against the curriculum. Can you get everything you need from the Drake curriculum? Would you benefit from taking a course at a local college during your junior or senior year?
    May
     
    • Begin studying 15 minutes per day of each academic subject that you will be having a final exam for.  By starting early, you allow plenty of time to reinforce the information, practice skills you need to improve, and figure out what questions to ask your teacher prior to the final
    • Start to daydream a little about summer opportunities – think creative, family, fun, and include the reading of great books in your summer vision

    June
     
    • Thank all of your teachers and other staff for spending time with you every day as you move forward on your path to adulthood
    • Clean out your locker
    • CELEBRATE!!

     

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore,
    is not an act but a habit."

    Aristotle

     

    last modified on 11/23/2013, by Sheila R Souder