Fall Semester Tips for Teens

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Ace your fall semester classes with these simple tips.

Self Care

Go to sleep and wake up at the same time everyday. If you don’t want to do that...then try to be consistent--especially with your weekday schedule. If weekends are a party, make sure weekdays are all business. Try to eat healthily and on a schedule too. Same goes for exercise. Staying balanced and active will improve your academic performance and of course your health. 

Fall Fun

Take a breather from all of that studying, grab your buddies and go have some fall fun.You’ve earned it! Visit a pumpkin patch and carve pumpkins, hang out at the apple orchard, get chills and thrills at a haunted house, go on a wild hayride or lose yourself in an epic corn maze. There’s so many ways to embrace and enjoy fall. 

Communicate with your teachers

It’s easy to come and go with the bell, but if you have a question or feel like you need extra guidance--speak up. Whether it’s a question about a project or a request for more time or an accommodation...talking to your teacher before or after class is a good way to stay ahead of the game. If you need extra time for a project, let the teacher know right away. Don’t wait a week before the project is due to ask for an extension. Most stressful situations could have been prevented by some good old fashioned communication. Nip it in the bud! Your teachers are your advocates. They are here for you! The same applies for tutors, coaches and mentors.

Balance the workload

Divide your time between preparing for your ACT/SAT test and maintaining a high GPA. This sounds hard and challenging but studying daily for less hours will add up faster than waiting until the last minute to study for either. If you are taking AP classes, you will need to spend extra time hitting the books too. Make sure you carve enough time in your day to study. In the end of the day, how you spend your time is up to you. The scores will show how you are spending your time and how hard you are willing to work.