FRESHMEN & SOPHOMORES
Excel at School
- Plan to take challenging courses that will prepare you for your career path.
- Ask about prerequisites for advanced-level junior- and senior-year courses. Make sure you are on track for graduation.
- Talk with your counselor about your best fit for classes. It’s important to find a good balance between a strong grade point average (GPA) and taking challenging classes.
- Most four- year public universities require at least two years of a foreign language.
- You’ll be taking it in the 10th grade. Take the test seriously. Although it’s also taken in 11th grade, all Delaware sophomores take it free in school.
- Check your results and work on any academic weaknesses while there is still plenty of time to make improvements.
- Use Khan Academy — a free online tool that provides customized study guides just for you at khanacademy.org/sat. It will help you improve your scores for the SAT, which is often needed for college admission.
- Extracurricular activities can help you develop time management skills and enrich your high school experience, all of which looks great when you apply to college.
- A mentor is a trustworthy adult or older student who can answer your questions and guide you. Ask your school counselor or a trusted community
leader about programs that connect you to a mentor.
- Learn how to take notes, make outlines, and do research. The more you do now to improve your skills, the easier high school and
college will be.