Making The Most of 9th Grade Year: Top Tips

Leaving one’s home district and transitioning into a new school, with new teachers, new classes, and new people, isn’t always the easiest thing to do. To help, I’ve outlined a couple of tips to help you become accustomed to the unique life as a student at Bergen Tech, and how to make the most of everything Bergen Tech has to offer. Enjoy!

Tip 1: Manage Your Time Wisely

This is most likely the tip that helped me the most during my first year at Bergen Tech. Time management is an important skill that becomes increasingly important as you move along your years, especially as your classes become more challenging. By managing your time wisely, you can complete all your assignments earlier and leave yourself more time to relax and do other fun activities. To help you achieve this, there are multiple ways to improve your time management skills. One that I found to be most efficient is to use a timer —Set a timer for twenty minutes to do homework and take a break for ten minutes after. This increases my productivity while still giving me a break. Experiment and find what works best for you!

Tip 2: Join a Club

One of the best ways to easily transition from middle school to Bergen Tech is to join a club, specifically a club that interests you. Bergen Tech offers a variety of clubs, and everyone is able to find a club that they are interested in. By joining a club, you are able to connect with people who have similar interests as you, while simultaneously participating in something you are interested in.  You are also able to meet new people, including upperclassmen. Furthermore, you will become more involved with the school and its unique environment, helping you adjust more easily.

Tip 3:  Talk to Your Teachers

Almost every teacher at Bergen Tech is more than willing to work with you after school to help you catch up with school work or explain something you don’t understand – as long as you talk to them and express your concerns. This not only helps you understand the content you’re covering in class better, but also helps you to build a better relationship with your teacher. Overall, this results in you feeling more comfortable and confident in the classroom and with your progress in the class.

Tip 4: Attend School Events

Bergen Tech hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the annual Badminton Tournament in the fall and the Color Run in the spring. Something is always happening at Bergen Tech, and by taking the time to relax and have fun with friends, you are not only able to meet new people, but you will also be able to become more involved in the Bergen Tech community.

Tip 5: Use Your Resources

        Bergen Tech offers so many resources to students, but many students often don’t know about them! For example, Bergen Tech offers a student tutoring program, in which another student can tutor you during your lunch period in any class you are taking. All you have to do is talk to your guidance counselor! Additionally, the counselors are always ready to help or answer any questions you may have.

Tip 6: Take Classes that You’re Genuinely Interested In

Often, students will end up taking classes just because they feel that these classes will look good on their college applications or because they want to get an easy A. I strongly suggest taking classes than genuinely interest you, rather than those that people believe are better for college applications. If you choose your classes solely based on your own interests, you will enjoy your classes more and be less stressed about doing the work for these classes. On the other hand, taking classes that you aren’t really interested in may lead to stress, and you’ll most likely find yourself not liking the subject even more.

Tip 7: Don’t Stress

Bergen Tech is known for its high academic standards and rigorous courses, and with all this usually comes stress. Follow the tips listed above, which I hope, in turn, will help you maintain stress levels due to schoolwork. Even if you have a big assignment coming up or the AP test is just around the corner, don’t stress. Your grades don’t define you, and they don’t necessarily prove how smart you are. I know I’m probably repeating things that you have already heard, however, if you don’t stress, you will have a much more relaxed and stress-free year. Enjoy the rest of your year!


Author: Isabelle Mazgaj

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