midsemester tips

Keep Up the Momentum Through Second Semester: Mid-Semester Tips

Two months into second semester and with spring break upon us, many students have been slacking and have just realized that they need to improve their grades before exams start to sneak up on them. Coming off winter break and into Spirit Week, it seemed as though the entire school had a case of “senioritis.” However, as things began to pick up, students started to pay more attention to their school work. According to Woodruff Library Director Mr. Ball, the key to a successful semester is getting lots of rest, eating well and exercising often, as this will keep your mind and body in a really good place. Here are a few tips how to stay on top of your school work and keep momentum going through the remainder of second semester:

Senior Caroline Hopkins reviews information with Mr. Ballard to assure that she understands specific concepts. Photo: Dori Greenberg

Senior Caroline Hopkins reviews information with Mr. Ballard to ensure that she understands specific concepts. Photo: Dori Greenberg

  1. Check in with your teachers: While Pace doesn’t have a system, online or otherwise, where you can keep track of your grades on a day-to-day basis, it’s important to know where you stand in your classes. Go to your teachers and ask. If you aren’t where you want to be at this point in the semester, make appointments to work with your teachers and get on top of your grade. Improve your grade while there’s still time, instead of the first week in May when exams are two weeks away. “By going to your teachers early in the semester, it makes them think that you’re trying,” said senior Nicole Shafer. “That will give you some leverage later on in the semester. It’s also important for them to know that you want to do well, and they might give you some hints that they didn’t tell the rest of the class.”
  2. Don’t procrastinate: I know it’s easier said than done, but if you are assigned a paper, project or a test, don’t wait until the night before to start. It will release a lot of stress and pressure if you start early. “I keep a list with all of my homework, tests and quizzes coming up on my computer screen,” said junior Molly Jacoby. “If I have it all in one place, it makes it easier to stay on top of my work so I can get it done in my free periods and watch Netflix when I get home.”
  3. Keep a countdown: There are tons of exciting events coming up. Why not look forward to them? By looking ahead to GAP Day, prom and just the end of the year, it will give you incentive to keep up the energy and momentum.
  4. Save your sleep-in days: You only get five tardies before you’re stuck in detention. Take it from someone with four years of experience – there will be multiple days at the end of the semester that you just need a morning to catch up. Don’t waste them now.
  5. Set goals for yourself: Whether it’s finishing with a certain average, receiving an A on a test, making the varsity team or being inducted into the National Honor Society, setting goals for yourself is a great way to push yourself and become successful. A lot of the time short term goals are easier to obtain, and once they are reached, you feel really great about yourself. Many people think that freshman and sophomore year grades don’t matter. But in the long run, I can assure you that everything matters when you’re sending your transcript to colleges. That being said, turn in your homework on time and study for your tests, and do everything you can to achieve good grades.