During your sophomore year some important tasks that you should consider:
- Meet with Your Guidance Counselor:
design an academic blueprint for your sophomore, junior and senior years that ensure that you complete all of the required courses for college entrance. Take challenging classes in English, mathematics, science, history, geography, a foreign language, government, civics, economics, and the arts.
- Develop Academic Skills:
continue developing those all important vocabulary, math, reading and problem-solving skills. Focus on your classwork and your homework to develop the study skills you will need to succeed in college. Try to earn As and Bs in all your classes. Studying hard in high school will help prepare you for college course work.
- Become familiar with the college entrance exams:
namely the SAT and/or ACT. Plan to take some practice tests using PSAT practice booklets. Take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). You must register early. If you have difficulty paying the registration fee, see your guidance counselor about getting a fee waiver.
- Develop those All-Important Extracurricular Skills:
colleges love students who not only have strong academic backgrounds but also students who show interest in outside activities. Become involved in school- or community-based extracurricular (before or after school) activities that interest you and/or enable you to explore career interests.
- Talk to adults in a variety of professions to determine what they like and dislike about their jobs and what kind of education is needed for each kind of job.
- Take advantage of opportunities to visit colleges and talk to college students.
- Save for college.