7th Grade Checklist Think about what your future might be Use the assessment quiz to learn about yourself Explore different occupations that match your interests Keep your options open Do your best in class 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 Talk to your school counselor about: 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 Practice setting and reaching goals 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: 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 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 Challenge and stretch yourself Participate in extracurricular activities, clubs, or sports Volunteer in your community Build your college team 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 Did we say…Read?