By Joe Freeman, dean of the 11th and 12th grades at the Randolph School in Huntsville, Ala, for the New York Times’s The Choice: Counselor’s Calendar.
Crush It in the Classroom
Undoubtedly you have already tired of hearing a teacher, parent or counselor remind you that “this is your most important year.” Even so, such a message bears repeating. Colleges evaluate you first and foremost on your performance in the classroom.
You have reached the last point at which your grades can have a significant impact on your grade point average. Furthermore, colleges are interested to see how you respond to the challenge of more difficult and advanced work — work that begins to resemble some of what you will encounter in your first year in college. Therefore, admissions officers pay particular attention to the grades from your junior year.
Maintaining strong grades or demonstrating an upward trend as you mature and grow into your intellectual potential will help colleges to make a decision in your favor.
Make Appropriate Adjustments
By now, you have received some important feedback in each of your classes. Use that feedback strategically. Which classes demand more of your attention? Which teachers do you need to start seeing for extra help? What concepts are particularly challenging?
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