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Ninth Grade Goals and Objectives

College seems a long way off in 9th grade, but it is important to start thinking about it because you are laying the foundation for a successful high school career.

Below are several things to think about:

  • Extracurricular activities are an important part of high school. Make the effort to get involved with both school and community based activities. Get involved with groups, clubs, or teams that interest you. These activities are fun and make you a well-rounded student.
  • Build your credentials by keeping track of academic and extracurricular awards, community service achievements and anything else you participate in. It will come in handy when you want to highlight your accomplishments when filling out college and scholarship applications or creating a resume.
  • Study hard and do your best in school. Your grades do count toward college and will appear on your high school transcript.
  • Develop good work habits, this includes many different skills:

Time Management - Use a daily planner to prioritize, set deadlines, and complete homework assignments and long term projects. Try to get your school work done early each evening.

Organization - Learn how to break large projects into smaller assignments that are easier to manage and complete.

Note taking - Learn how to skim a text for main ideas and supporting points.

Studying - Develop a personal study routine using different study strategies and techniques that work for you.

  • Reading beyond your homework will help you do well in school. The more you read, the stronger your verbal, writing, and critical thinking abilities will be.
  • Get enough sleep - An adequate amount of sleep is critical for good health and academic success.
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