Ask Andy

Ask Andy

Q: Can you do sports and multiple clubs at the same time? If so, how can someone balance after school activities in their schedule?

A: It depends on the club(s) you decide to join. If you join a club that meets before school rather than after, it will be easier to manage both practice and club meetings. The Humanitarian Club for example meets before school — check that out. After school clubs can end up being tricky because most coaches will prefer that you prioritize practice over clubs. So, in the end, yes it is totally possible, you just have to be creative and strategic about what clubs in particular you chose to join.

Q: What is the best way to balance homework and sports?

A: Use ILab to your advantage. Try your best not to procrastinate and start your work right after practice. If you’re super tired you could try to go to bed early and wake up early to get the rest of your work done. I know sports and other clubs can make a school day seem really long, but if you consider your co curricular as the “break” you need in a day, you may be more willing to start right back up with school work when you get home. You can also take Options as an elective which acts as a study hall. 

Q: How can I improve my study habits? Is there an easier way than studying three nights a week?

A: The class Options teaches you study habits at the beginning of the class which can be really helpful. When you’re studying turn your phone off. Develop a routine as well as well as collect resources that work for you (Quizlet, Khan Academy, staying after for extra help). Study with friends that you can be focused and serious with.

Q: What do I do if I get a low score on a quiz?

A: Talk to your teacher about what you did wrong so you can learn what you missed so you don’t fall behind. Take the time to learn the material, correct your quizzes.  

Q: What is the best way to manage stress and studying for midterms and finals if I have practice after school everyday?

A: Don’t cram! Try your best to start studying days in advance. A little studying here, a little studying there. Make sure you are keeping up throughout the year, if you understood the content throughout the year, midterms and finals really aren’t that bad. Don’t take time studying what you already know or feel comfortable with. Prioritize the units you didn’t do so well on.

Q: Will my GPA suffer if I get B’s in honors classes?

A: Just try your best. Earning a B in an honors class may be equivalent to earning an A in a college class, but  the higher the grades you have, the higher your GPA will be regardless of the level of class you’re taking. 

Q: What are some of the most effective note-taking strategies for easy comprehension when studying?

A: Read the content first, then look at each paragraph and write down the main idea. Don’t write down every detail; you’ll waste time. Hand write notes rather than type them so you retain the information better.

Q: How difficult is freshman year compared to sophomore, junior and senior year?

A: Freshman year can be difficult because it takes time to adjust to high school, whether that may be learning how to manage more commitments after school, or just adjusting to a bigger workload, but every year has its challenge. Just enjoy the moment, try your best and take it all in because high school really does fly by. 

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