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The Perks of Being a Social Butterfly

friendship-659707_1920Maybe you thought about joining a club or volunteer group freshman year, but never got around to it. Then you imagined starting fresh sophomore year … but you still haven’t done it. Is it still worthwhile to get involved? Yes, and here’s why:

You’ll Meet New People
You probably made some new friends last year, but there’s never any harm in expanding your circle, right? Even if you’re perfectly happy with your group, joining a club helps you improve your social skills, learn to make small talk, and get comfortable connecting with people you don’t necessarily have anything in common with.

It’ll Look Good on College Applications
Colleges admissions counselors are on the lookout for well-rounded students or teens who have a talent in a certain area. Become one of the kids they’re dying to recruit by getting actively involved in a club, sport, or volunteer program. The thing that gets you into your favorite school on your college list could be your devotion to a certain extracurricular activity.

You’ll Make Connections
For most high schoolers, the main perk of after-school activities is all the friends they make. But what about all the teachers, parents, coaches, and administrators helping your club along the way? Getting to know one of these people well could be helpful down the road when you’re looking for help with a recommendation letter for your top-choice college or a big scholarship.

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How to Save Your Grades

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If you’re struggling to keep your grades up, you’re not alone. A few missed assignments, one bombed test, and suddenly you’re struggling to dig yourself out of a deep hole. Spare yourself the lousy transcript, low GPA, and fights with Mom and Dad. Here’s how to get ahead again.

Ask for Help
The best solution to any problem is usually the most obvious. Your teachers are there to help you, but it’s amazing how few students ask for help. Speak up! If you feel awkward asking for help during class, visit during lunch, office hours, or after school. You’ll get the help you need and your teachers will be impressed you took the initiative to come to them.

Get Organized
Write down every single homework assignment, test, and essay you have coming up on a calendar. You can use this to create a study schedule and make sure you don’t miss any deadlines and get started studying for tests more than a day in advance.

Try the Tutoring Center
Is there a stigma surrounding your school’s tutoring center? Ignore it. Walk in with your head held high, because this is a place you can get some one-on-one attention and finally start making sense of your algebra book.

Start Early
We tell ourselves we work better under pressure, but that’s almost never true. Don’t wait to get started on an assignment, study for a test, or ask for help fixing a bad grade. Putting it off only means it’ll be harder to get started and earn the grades you want.

Make Extra Credit Your BFF
Ask every teacher for extra credit. Some don’t offer it, but those who do may let you turn in old assignments for partial credit or do some extra work on the side to boost your grade.

Better grades won’t just keep your parents off your back. Higher grades boost your chances of getting into your dream college and improve the odds you’ll win a merit scholarship. You’re in control of your future right now, so make yourself proud and start studying!

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Grades Slipping? Here’s How to Get Them Back Up

CP0R1Y A graded test form with red scoring pencil marks indicates frustration and failure in the education system.You started out the school year feeling all right, but a few failed tests and missed assignments later, your grades have slipped and you’re getting nervous. Not only do you not want a bad grade on your transcripts, you don’t want to start World War III when Mom and Dad see you’re failing. We’ve got your back – here are a few ways to push those grades back up.

Go to Your Teachers and Ask for Help
It’s a simple and obvious first step, but it’s amazing how many students don’t use their teachers as a resource even though instructors are there to help you. If you’re uncomfortable asking for clarification in class, visit during study hall, lunch, or before or after school starts. Not only will you finally start understanding some of the material you’re struggling with, your teachers will be impressed you’ve taken the initiative to improve your grades.

Use Your School’s Tutoring Center
This is another easy way to fix slipping grades, but there’s a little bit of a stigma surrounding high school tutoring or study centers. Ignore the stereotype that these sessions are for nerds and get yourself in there. Getting one-on-one help or hearing something said differently may make everything click.

Get Organized
Get a calendar (no, not the calendar on your phone – a paper calendar) and write down every test, homework assignment, and essay you have coming up in the next month. You can use this to create a study schedule and make sure you’re prepared for every test, turning in every assignment, and staying on top of your work.

Ask for Extra Credit
Not every teacher offers extra credit, but it never hurts to ask. Doing some extra work or turning in old assignments you missed for partial credit is an easy way to earn a few extra points.

Don’t Procrastinate
Whatever you do, don’t wait on it. Time is critical when you’re falling behind – every day you wait means it’ll be harder and harder to earn the grades you want.

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