7th Grade Checklist

    • Use the assessment quiz to learn about yourself
    • Explore different occupations that match your interests
    • Keep your options open
    • Develop good study habits
    • Understand your learning style
    • Make school-work a daily priority
    • Ask your parent/guardian to help you create a quiet space at home for study
    • Turn in your assignments on time
    • Read, read, read! Read newspapers, magazines, and books outside of your required reading for school
    • Going to college
    • Taking the most challenging courses you can in 8th grade
    • Taking the right courses in high school to prepare you for college
    • Start with small, reachable goals that you can do now. When you have achieved those, work on larger, harder goals. Make your goals SMART:

      • S – Specific
      • M - Meaningful or measurable
      • A – Action-oriented and attainable
      • R – Realistic
      • T – Time-based
    • Here’s an example:
      1. Goal: Improve my grade in reading comprehension on the next test.
      • I will read (Action-oriented)
      • the newspaper (Realistic)
      • three times each week (Measurable)
      • by the end of this month. (Time-based)
    • Start saving for college now, and keep saving a little at a time. The earlier you can start saving, the more money you’ll have when it’s time to go to college
    • Learn how to be smart about spending the money you have. Learn about “need-to-have” and “want-to-have” and understand the difference. Set aside a little money each week or month for college
    • Participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, or sports
    • Volunteer in your community
    • Talk to your parents, guardians, other relatives, and trusted adults about going to college
    • Ask them about their job or careers
    • Hang out with friends who share your dream of college
    • Find inspiration: learn about people who have made it against the odds