It’s important to develop these skills during 10th grade:
Reading comprehension is a core component of college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT. Both have critical reading sections, which will test your ability to retain and understand written English while simultaneously examining your vocabulary. What’s the best way to sharpen your comprehension skills? Read. Read as much as you can. Whether you enjoy books, blogs, newspapers or magazines, reading is the best way to expand your vocabulary and increase the speed and accuracy at which you absorb information – an ability that will benefit you at testing time, guaranteed.
By 10th grade, you’re not a stranger to class exams, pop quizzes, or standardized tests. However, the coursework is growing in difficulty and your teachers’ testing styles are different from middle school and 9th grade. Gone are the days of handholding and checking-in on nightly homework. Instead, you’re expected to keep-up with weekly reading and study on your own. It’s up to you to take charge when you don’t understand something – by meeting with your teacher during study hours and assembling peer study groups outside of the classroom. Your grades are important, and your study habits are the foundation of your success.
Time management skills.
Until now, you’ve grown accustomed to adults and teachers telling you what to do and when to do it. But as a sophomore (and every year in the future), you are responsible for managing your own workload by keeping track of exam dates and assignment deadlines. With this newfound independence, it’s easy to fall-victim to procrastination. Our advice to prevent falling behind? Make a daily to-do list and stick to it. Pretend that a test is earlier than it is to avoid night-before-cram-sessions. After all, college is all about balancing your time. The better you are at time management now, the better prepared you’ll be in the future.