• Freshman Year Success Guide THRIVE Gilbert Public Schools

Fourth Quarter

  • Study for your finals! Your finals can be as much as 20% of your final grade, so study and take them seriously.

    See if your school has special study sessions to work with your peers and tutors.  

    AZCIS Reality Check

    It is never too early to start thinking about life after high school and the costs associated with it. Take this quick reality check to put things in perspective. Then thank your parents/guardians for everything they do to support you. 

    Logging into AZCIS is easy - Login to Rapid Identity and click on the AZCIS icon > Assessments > Reality Check

Keep Track of Your Activities & Accomplishments

  • It is important to remember to keep track of everything you do now and the activities you are involved in – in and out of school. 

    What if... 

    You could earn scholarship money for college every time you got a good grade in high school?

    You could also earn money for playing sports, participating in school clubs, being a leader, volunteering in the community, and more?

    Now, you can! You can earn money (scholarships) to pay for college by doing things that will improve your chances of getting into many colleges and universities.

    Every time you achieve a goal like getting good grades or doing extracurricular activities, you can earn micro-scholarships that begin adding up as early as 9th grade. Raise.me lets you keep track of your achievements and the money you earn in the form of micro-scholarships — and helps you learn what you can do to earn even more at many colleges and universities. 

     

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  • Sophomore Year - Get Started and THRIVE

Finish the Semester Strong & Study for Your Finals

  • Keep up your good study habits! If you are struggling at any time: 1st-Consult your teacher, 2nd-Seek tutoring assistance, and 3rd-Consult your Counselor.

    Take advantage of any teacher or school-wide study sessions. Do not wait till the very last week to get help in a subject you may be struggling with. If you feel like a class is particularly easy for you, help out a friend and be a tutor. Teaching peers can only help solidify learning the material for you, too.


Summer Goals!

  • Don’t waste your summer, make it count!

    Consider volunteering and attending a summer program.  There are tons of options for summer programs, many of which are inexpensive or even FREE. Check with your Counselor and Career Center for listings based on your areas of interest. 

     Read, and then read some more!

    Pick up a library card from your local library.  Public Libraries have programming all summer long as well as plenty of books to read or listen to. Continue to develop your vocabulary, reading speed and comprehension.  These are all crucial skills to help you be more successful.

    Don’t like reading?  You probably haven’t found the right book.  Talk to a librarian about your interests and see if they can recommend something for you.

     Don't forget to make your SMART goals.

    Spend some time thinking about your dreams, interests, and aspirations. Then write them down and share with someone.  Writing and sharing your goals makes you more likely to actually achieve them. Here is a worksheet to help you see if your goals are SMART.

SMART Goals Worksheet & Information

  • SMART Goal Worksheet (doc)

    A Brief Guide to SMART Goal Setting!

    A SMART goal is a goal that is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time based. In other words, a goal that is very clear and easily understood.

    Specific
    The goal must clearly state what is to be achieved, by whom, where and when it is to be achieved. Sometimes it may even state why that goal is important.

    Measureable
    Measurability applies to both the end result and the milestones along the way to attaining a goal. It answers the question of quantity – how much, how often, how many? The milestones are signs along the way that will tell you that you are on the right track to achieving your goal.

    Attainable
    You should ensure that the goals you set are achievable. You must believe that you can manage to do what you are setting out to do. If you set goals that are unbelievable even to yourself it is very unlikely you will achieve them.

    Relevant
    Your goals must be relevant to what you want to achieve in the short term and the long term.

    Time-based
    This sometimes overlaps with the goal being Specific, but it aims to ensure that you put a time-frame to your goals.

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Last Modified on November 26, 2019