1. AP classes are your friend.
I’m in all Pre-AP and AP for my main four classes, and it’s not hard so much as it’s just a lot of work. You have to learn to prioritize, yes, but it hasn’t been as stressful as I’ve heard it made out to be. As long as you’re willing to do the work and read a lot of articles, you’ll do well. Plus it’s really good for college if you pass the AP exam! Just don’t take more advanced classes than you know you can handle. That’s not going to be good for you.
2. Speaking of friends, make a lot.
Even if you’re shy like I am, you should make a lot of friends. They don’t have to be close friends–just acquaintances at the very least, because knowing a few people in every class is going to help boost your grade. They can help you with your homework. They can explain concepts you don’t understand. Or you can help them, which in turn will still help you understand better. It’s great all around.
Befriending upperclassmen is even better; they’ll know everything you’re going through and be able to guide you.
3. Figure out your weak points early on.
If you’re struggling with math, you have to be aware of that as soon as possible. That way, you can get the help you need quickly and not have to cram before big tests. Figure out when you can go to a tutorial with your teacher, or get help from the previously mentioned friends. At the very least, look up the topic you’re struggling with online and practice.
4. You actually have to study!
Every teacher will tell you that. You’ve got to go over your notes every night, sometimes summarize them, and sometimes illustrate them. It’s a pain, but it usually goes by pretty quick and it’s a good refresher for what you learned that day. Figure out how to make your notes into something you’ll actually understand, or go over some flashcards in Quizlet. You won’t regret it!
5. You do actually have free time. Use it wisely.
I have some days when I have no homework due the next day, and I spend them doing basically nothing. Don’t be me. Get ahead in school, or look over your non-school-related goals and figure out how to achieve them. Relax, if that’s what you need most. You know what you need to do, you just need someone to tell you to do them. So go do them! AND DO. NOT. PROCRASTINATE.
And that is about all! Is this helpful to any of you? Do you have tips of your own? Let me know!