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Take the tough courses now since you can’t be sure you’ll have the time or schedule space to take them later.

Get a jump on your college prep by organizing a class schedule including honors and AP courses.

This might be the last thing you want to hear, but a challenging freshman course load is going to benefit you in the long run. In order to do what’s necessary to get prepared for the colleges and majors of your choice, you’ll need to sign up for classes like AP Algebra and British Literature while some of your peers breeze through Pre-Algebra and English 1.

The first step to making any changes to your schedule is, of course, to visit your guidance counselor again.

Planning a challenging schedule: tips and tactics

While you’re sitting down with your counselor, talk about how you can optimize your schedule.

  • If honors classes are available in your strongest subjects, take them.
  • Colleges prefer students who have a full four years of English, history, math, science and foreign language. Plan your schedule accordingly.
  • Meet with an AP teacher or coordinator to discuss enrolling in AP courses.
  • If you have a choice of educational track, make sure to choose the track that features the most courses that line up with majors and degrees that interest you.
  • Plan your entire four years of classes now, so you can be sure to not overlook something now that might cost you later. Don’t worry, you aren’t carving it into stone; it will just serve as a helpful guideline as you proceed.


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