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MCHS Class of 2013

Sophomore Newsletter Spring 2010-11

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College Planning 101

Plan for success in your future Developing the following ten skills will help you achieve success in school, in your chosen career, and in life. 1. Time Management You know the deal: There are just 24 hours in each day. What you do with that time makes all the difference. If you don't already, start using a daily planner. This could be a datebook you keep in your bag, an online version you maintain at home, or both. It's easy to over-schedule or "double-book" if you aren't careful. Manage your time wisely and you'll get the maximum out of each day. 2. Good Study Habits If you've got them, great. If not - well, there's still time to develop them. You should always set aside quiet time each day for study—even if you don’t have homework or a test the next day! 3. Set Attainable Goals It's important to set goals, as long as they're attainable. Setting goals that are unreasonably high is a setup -- you'll be doomed to frustration and disappointment. 4. Concentration

Listen to your teacher and stay focused. Be sure that you understand the lesson. If you don't understand something, ask questions! You've heard it before, but "the only dumb question is the one you don't ask" is absolutely true. If you've been paying attention, it definitely won't be a dumb question. 5. Good Note-Taking You can't possibly write down everything the teacher says since we talk at a rate of about 225 words per minute. But, you do need to write down the important material.. Studying with a partner is also a good idea, provided that you study and don't turn it into a talk-fest (there's time for that later). 6. Complete Assignments Teachers assign homework for a reason. While it may seem like "busywork" at times, it definitely has a purpose. Put your homework to good use. Remember, you'll only get out of it what you put into it! 7. Review Daily Notes Don't wait until the night before the test to review your notes. Review your

notes each day to reinforce your learning and build towards your ultimate goal: MASTERY of the subject or skill. 8. Organizational Skills Keeping yourself organized will save you valuable time and allow you to do everything you need to do. Remember: "A place for everything and everything in its place." Keep all your study materials (calculator, planner, books, notebooks, laptop, etc.) in one convenient location. 9. Motivation You need to be motivated to learn and work hard, whether or not you like a specific subject or teacher. Self-motivation can be extremely important when you aren't particularly excited about a class. If you must, view it as an obstacle you must overcome. Then, set your mind to it and do it -- no excuses. Success is up to you! 10. Commitment You've started the course, now you need to complete it. Do the best -- and get the most out of it -- that you can! Your commitment will pay off in the end.

Scholarships for Sophomores! If you are searching for scholarships and information about college, go to the Mill Creek High School website ( and look on the first page under “Scholarships and News from The Pad.” Scroll down—scholarships that are appropriate for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are listed in a section located under the scholarships for Seniors. Make sure you check out all the tabs on the left-hand side for valuable information! Don’t forget to visit the college table in the Commons Area at lunch, and visit with the college reps who come to Mill Creek. See the tab for “On-Campus College Visit.” If you have questions about a college, or planning for college, stop by The Pad (1.280 in the Business Ed area) and fill out an appointment request form with Mrs. Zimmer.

The Common Motivational Cold Achoo! I’m bored Does the idea of starting that English paper give you a headache? Does the thought of doing one more page of math homework make you queasy? Don’t worry. It happens. Everyone catches the occasional motivation cold. Here are five prescriptions to help you get back in action. Rx 1: Focus on High-Impact Activities It may seem obvious, but it's easy to let trivial tasks distract you from more important ones. Smaller projects are often easier and quickly offer a sense of accomplishment. Keep in mind, though, that this sense of accomplishment tends to be short-lived. What matters most is still not done. Make a list in two columns:

Column 1: What are your most important tasks?

Column 2: What's on your to-do list?

If your items in column 2 have little to do with your objectives in column 1, you have a problem. To solve it, you may need to rearrange your time and devote more energy toward what counts. This will help you build momentum. Rx 2: Create New Challenges When you start to feel bored with something, try changing your approach. Say you've been given an assignment similar to one you've done in the past. Think about how you can solve this problem in a different way or improve upon your previous work. Rx 3: Set Attainable Goals

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands - your own. --Author unknown

Lots of people have big dreams, but have difficulty translating them into concrete steps. The key is to think short-term, not only long-term. For example, if you're having trouble writing a 20-page paper for class because it seems too large, don't focus on that final number. Consider each section of your paper individually. Now you're dealing with a familiar task, not unlike papers you've written before. Rx 4: Find a Social Support Network In almost any setting, there are mentor figures who can give you guidance and help you develop new skills. Plus, there are peers who can motivate you by listening and exchanging ideas. Both mentors and peers are important elements of a support network, which is also a great resource for information and for new ways to challenge yourself. Rx 5:Acknowledge Your Accomplishment When you've got momentum going, it's tempting to jump from task to task. Sometimes, though, this can make you feel stressed, like you're not getting enough done. Instead, pause

MCHS Counseling Mrs. Arnold··························· A-Br Mrs. Groce ·························· Bu-El Ms. Barlow·························· Em-Hi Mrs. Smith ··························· Ho-Le Mrs. Murphy··························Li-Of Mr. Nelson··························· Og-Sa Mrs. Griffin ··························· Sc-V Mrs. O’Kelly ·························· W-Z Mrs. Kabrich ······················ Secretary Mrs. Roberson ···················· Records Mrs Zimmer ················· College/Career

after you've reached a goal or give yourself a quick reward. Take a walk, send an email, get a snack—whatever works for you.


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