Middle School Matters

  • Ten Tips for Middle School Students


    1. Get Organized - Use colored folders and a calendar to keep track of your assignments, due dates, and test dates.  Learn how to manage your time and balance schoolwork, family commitments, friends and activities.  The busier you are the better you will be at managing your time.
    2. Surf Safely - The internet is an incredible way to socialize and to obtain information.  You have to be smart, though, to stay safe.  Follow the rules of your household about computer use and never give personal information online.  Be aware that what you post on the internet may follow you a very long time. For more information about using the internet safely visit www.safeteens.org
    3. Explore Careers - What would you like to do some day? Volunteer or job shadow in a career that interests you.  Ask people whose jobs look or sound interesting to explain what they really do and how they got to be where they are now.  Begin with these questions and add more as you think of them:
    • Describe your typical day
    • What did you study in college?
    • What courses best prepared you for your career?
    • What do you like most about your job?
    • What do you like least about your job?
    • What advice do you have for someone interested in your career?                    

       4.   Think about College- Investigate summer opportunities such as workshops and camps-   these are often referred to ask pre-college programs.  Remember, a visit  is not a commitment to attend college but rather an opportunity to experience a campus first hand.

       5.   Talk and Ask Questions- Your family members can help you succeed.  Talk to them about your high school schedule and career interests.  Seek advice from your parents/family members, teachers, counselors, coaches and mentors.  Listen carefully to what they say.

       6.   Save for College- It's not too early! Learn about 529 plans at the College Savings Plans Network--a national non-profit association dedicated to making college accessible and affordable for families.  Another way to begin saving for college is by earning points when you shop. Learn more at www.upromise.org

       7.    Get Involved-