Mastering Middle School – Tips and Tricks

Heather S.

Welcome back, students of Wantagh! Just as quickly as the 2018-2019 school year came to a close, 2019-2020 is upon us, bringing with it auburn leaves and crisper breezes. Nothing goes better together than autumn and a new school year – except for maybe the upcoming holidays and that relaxing, week-long break. But I digress. While we wave a bittersweet goodbye to our now-freshman, we also welcome a whole slew of 6th graders, and everyday they help make our school a better place. As an eighth grade veteran this year, I’ve accumulated some wisdom about the lay of the land here, and sharing some of the things I’ve learned in my time here with the newer students is a good way to give back to the secondary school that’s helped me grow in my studies.

Tip #1 – Know your strengths and weaknesses.

When transitioning from elementary to secondary school, I had a hard time balancing studying, homework, extracurricular activities, and play. A method that’s helped me over these past two years is to figure out what you need the most help with, and study for that class in small portions until you understand the material. Planning when and how you are going to study won’t hurt, either.

Tip #2 – Don’t let a bad grade bring you down, but don’t accept it as your new normal, either.

With my less-than-inspiring studying techniques came less-than-inspiring grades that I wasn’t too happy with. As I started consistently acquire grades that were 5-10 points less than the new I’d been used to getting, I blamed it on the harder curriculum rather than my incompetence to study. It cost me, and I wish that someone told me that I should push the boundaries that I set for myself and improve my average. If you yourself receive a less-than-inspiring grade, don’t freak out! It happens to everyone, but it’s important that you analyze what you could have done differently in order to achieve your desired standards next time. 

Tip #3 – Participate!!

If one of your goals by 8th grade is to join the Honor Society, one of the requirements is that you have to have been participating in three clubs each year (which includes sports). Even There are many clubs you can join, but many have already started. Listen for announcements over the loudspeaker in the mornings to know where and when to go for these clubs! 

Tip #4 – Get enough sleep to function during the day.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stress this point enough. Along with a shower everyday, brushing your teeth at least twice, and eating three well-balanced meals throughout the day, getting the right amount of sleep is crucial to your help and success in school. Most of the people I know tend to go to bed too late, and in turn, are constantly tired during the day. A proper night of sleep includes 5-6 sleep cycles, and a website that I like to use to calculate when to wake up so that I feel refreshed is 

I hope these tips and tricks helped you as you start off your school year- and will help you achieve the standards you desire throughout 2019 and 2020!