Written by Lisa Bleich
Develop a Plan for Sophomore Year. You should have a sense of what types of activities you enjoyed last year in school and identify two or three academic, social and extracurricular goals for yourself. If you do not enjoy any of the clubs at school, perhaps you can start one that interests you. It is a good idea to do as a sophomore so you will have enough time to grow the club when you are in school.
Sophomore year can be difficult, especially if you are taking a lot of challenging classes, so figure out where you want to spend your time before school starts, so you are not working in overdrive without a direction.
Get to Know Your Guidance Counselor. Guidance counselors are a great resource for you during the high school years and it is a good idea to get to know them early so they can support you as well as get to see how you have progressed through high school.
Take an Online Proctored Practice SAT/SAT
Since the PSATs have been pushed back, use this time to practice taking standardized tests. Everydae offers inexpensive online tutoring as well as free proctored tests to students. You can register here.
Sophomore year is a good time to determine a baseline for your scores, so you know where you will need to focus in the coming years.
The test scores may also give you an idea if there are any underlying problems regarding test taking that you will need to address before junior year.
Speak with your teacher about taking the SAT subject test in the spring if you are taking honors or AP science.
Find out if it is feasible and what you will need to do to cover everything that will be on the test so you can score well. It will be a big relief if you can get one test out of the way before junior year.