Pushes of Junior Year

Rachel is a 16-year-old born and raised in NYC.  She enjoys singing, debating, traveling and writing.  Her favorite subjects are English and Science; she wishes to pursue  a career in either of them in the future.

The end of sophomore year marks the beginning of the stress of pre-college stress.  It indicates the start of researching for college and scholarships, and important grades.  Juniors’ GPAs matter more than other years because universities look them more closely when considering students for admission.  The students also take the SATs for the first time.  Stresses from juniors normally begin with the academic year; the “Junior Push”, as I like to call it, began, for me, second term of this year.

Christmas recess evaporated quicker than water in Las Vegas.  The disappearance of the winter holidays brought about change in my previously stress-free year: I really liked all my classes and they all gave a moderate amount of work…that is, until after the first term ended.

I started to write scholarship essays and take SAT classes; so on TOP of my schoolwork, my monthly articles for Radical Parenting, I had to start on my AP classes’ studies, my SAT preparation homework and my college research/selections.  Each responsibility started to pile up on my TO-DO list; I had to actually SCHEDULE my daily schedule lest I forget something.  I would get caught up on a homework for so long that I neglected the rest….which led me to the invention of the “Post-it Wall”.  It is covered in post-its, on which are homework time schedules/constraints, interesting events of the day, muses and Notae Benes. (I strongly suggest this to your teen, that is, if you don’t mind the covered walls.)

Typical day: School.  Afterschool subject help for upcoming tests.  School clubs.  Studying Advanced Placement notes and textbook.  School homework.  Studying for upcoming school quizzes/tests.  Studying for SATs. Sleep……..and I didn’t even mention the scholarship essays J.

So, as junior year approaches for your teen, remember:

  1. organization and scheduling is key
  2. pace working habits
  3. Don’t overload with advanced classes
  4. BREATHE (and sleep and eat well!)

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