Written by Phyllis Zimbler Miller
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 17:33

altDear Readers:

Today's blog is written by author and marketing consultant *Phyllis Zimbler Miller.  Her latest book, How to Succeed in High School and Prep for College should be downloaded onto every adolescent's computer, iPad or Smartphone.  The book comes from real life--helping her own young adults children achieve their education and life goals--and her knowledge of marketing.  A great combination that delivers real world solutions and strategies. 

Yes, there's a lot going on during those four high school years.  But, these days, those who don't make time to plan ahead are too often left behind.

Below is an excerpt from How to Succeed in High School And Prep for College

Entering 9th Grade: Important Info to Know

When you start 9th grade at most high schools you may be given a list of the course requirements for graduation as well as a choice of courses.

And herein lies a potential trap for unwary high schoolers:

What courses you need for graduation from your high school may NOT be what you need in order to be a good potential candidate for the colleges that you want to attend.

As I learned the hard way with my own two children, what you choose to take in 9th grade can haunt your high school career as well as your college applications.

For example, you may believe that you only need to take three years of math in high school as long as that third year of math is at a certain level.  And this potentially false myth could be your undoing.

Both my daughters insisted on taking a higher math level in 9th grade than they needed to take that year.  Only when it was too late did they discover that they needed four years of high school math – regardless of level – for the entrance requirements of some of the colleges to which they wanted to apply.

For one daughter, that meant the only fourth year of math her school would allow her to take is AP Calculus.  Need I say how she suffered in the course when she was applying as an English major to colleges?

And the irony is that, if my daughters had taken a lower level of math in 9th grade, their entire high school math career would have had a stronger foundation on which to build.

Choosing a college four years ahead of time

Yes, I realize that it would be difficult to decide before entering 9th grade which colleges you will apply to in 12th grade.

On the other hand, you can do some basic online research into college requirements at different colleges that might interest you in order to have some idea of the courses you need to take during high school.

What if you are already in 9th grade?

There are ways to cope with finding out this information after you have set off on a high school curriculum track.

For example, you may be allowed in 12th grade by your high school to take a junior college math course that will be accepted by your high school and the colleges to which you are applying.  In fact, this could look good on your college applications that you took the initiative to find a course for yourself outside of your high school offerings.

Or you could take a specific math course the summer before 12th grade for no credit at a different school.  Then when you take the same math course in 12th grade at your own high school you will already have a very good head start on the subject material.

In conclusion, the more you know about your career and college interests before you start 9th grade, coupled with the knowledge of what your own high school requires, the better you will be positioned for life beyond high school.

*Phyllis Zimbler Miller has an M.B.A. from The Wharton School and is the co-founder of the online marketing company Miller Mosaic LLC, which has released the online program www.UnderstandFrenchLikeANative.comfor advanced beginners in the French language.  She is also the author of fiction and nonfiction books and ebooks, including the ebook HOW TO SUCCEED IN HIGH SCHOOL AND PREP FOR COLLEGE, the first in a 3-ebook series for teens and young adults.  More information is available at www.HowToSucceedEbooks.comalt

Carol's note:  Great info!  Thanks Phyllis for sharing your book and wisdom on the Parachute for Teens blog.

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#1 Phyllis Zimbler Mill 2012-03-27 19:55
Thanks so much, Carol, for giving me this opportunity to share my information with your blog readers. I appreciate it!