Second quarter survival guide
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As the first quarter came to an end on Friday, Oct. 12, it’s important for all students to be ready for second quarter and all the struggles that come along with it. Second quarter plays a major role in overall how well you do the first semester and can help you achieve your semester goals, even if the first quarter didn’t go well or as anticipated.
The first quarter proved to be a challenge to many students but has given them a chance to reflect off of what was done well and what is needed to improve on.
“For some students, a second-quarter can be more stressful than first because [students] realize they only have half of the semester left and really need to move things into gear,” said Angeline Matos, guidance counselor. “But for other students, it’s a good halfway point and they can see what’s left of the semester and what areas they really need to improve upon, so whether it’s homework completion or test-taking strategies, they can work on that through second quarter.”
To start off, it’s important for students to be aware of the fact that although first quarter is important, so is second. Second quarter can change the way your overall first semester turns out, for better or for worse.
“I’m most worried about being able to bring up my biology grade up this quarter for the final semester grade,” said Karina Shtogryn, freshman.
Additionally, if you’re having issues in regards to your grades or doing well with a certain subject, it’s important to start off by talking to your teacher about it. They can guide you in learning things you can do to have a better and more successful second quarter, rather than repeating the same mistakes. Students looking to improve their grades for next semester should ask them for tips on how to best prepare for tests and how to review.
“I’m worried that I have to do very well in my classes to bring up my grade for the semester,” said Camille Kuru, freshman.
Students should also be aware of the possibilities and all the options available for them besides just the teachers and staff.
“We have some phenomenal student tutors through National Honors Society and adults in the community that are tutoring as well,” Matos said.
The importance of reviewing on the nightly basis is often forgotten and disregarded by many students. Even if homework isn’t assigned, students need to still make sure they’re reviewing their notes, flashcards, and anything else.
“Creating Quizlets so that they can always be fresh on the material their teachers have given them [is helpful], [and] maybe just opening a book and rereading a chapter or outline or summary,” Matos said.
Lastly, it is important to take care of your mental health that could be going downhill as a result of a lot of stress. Just talking to someone can do a lot to help, whether it’s a friend, a trusted teacher, or a family member. The school social workers can help a lot by giving advice on anything related to school or even just life. Overall, there is no doubt that high school can be manageable as long as students are communicating.
“If there’s a moment where a student is struggling, the support and resources are available to help them, they just need to communicate and be proactive instead of waiting until it’s too late, and then trying to remedy that situation,” Matos said.
Also, just remember, surviving second quarter will bring the well deserved winter break.
Lana Jawich is a junior writer for Devils' Advocate who enjoys painting and playing soccer. When she’s not annoying her siblings or spacing out in physics,...