Freshmen Tips and Information
9th Grade Timeline
- Based on teacher recommendations, enroll in challenging courses. Most universities will look at your grades beginning in 9th grade. Taking challenging classes and making A’s and B’s can help you get into your top-choice college.
- Make some like-minded friends. Nothing keeps you focused like having a group of friends who can help you stay on task. Find a “study group.”
- Join a club and/or a sport. Pick activities you think you might like to stick with throughout high school.
- Read as much as possible. Especially outside of school, it’s important for you to always be absorbing written material.
- Find a mentor. This can be a teacher, community member or coach who can help guide you throughout high school and the college application process.
- Consider your interests. Create a CFNC account and take an interest inventory. Start thinking about the types of subjects you find interesting, so you can pursue relevant activities and research college programs down the line. Be sure to keep up with your username/password, as you will use this throughout high school.
- Make a portfolio/resume. This should include your best work from high school—papers, labs, etc. It also can include certificates or awards you’ve won.
- Summer activities: This is a great time to get your first job or involve yourself in volunteer work with an organization that you like. If possible, pick something related to your interests or future career aspirations.
- Get to know your school counselor!
Advice for Freshmen and Their Parents
- Students should set aside at least twenty to thirty minutes in the evening to study for each academic course. Even if there are no specific assignments, students should at the very least review the material covered that day.
- Students should try to study at the same time and in the same location each evening.
- Study time distractions should be kept to a minimum.
- Students should keep track of all assignments and deadline using a planner or some type of calendar.
- Parents should feel free to e-mail teachers anytime there is a question about performance or behavior. E-mail is one of the best ways to keep track of student performance.
- Keep notes and papers organized in folders or binders.