10 Things Every Student Should Know Before Attending Middle School

10 Things Every Student Should Know Before Attending Middle School

It may be the middle of June, but I’ve already started planning for high school orientation day. I’ve told my parents I want to spend as much time as possible to walk through the school to learn my schedule, the building and not get lost. This is one way to help me worry about one less thing once the school year begins. I already have some strategies in place to help me survive these next four years of torture.

This isn’t the first time I’ve changed to a bigger school. Junior high was the first time.

Tips from a teen on what every student should know before attending middle school or junior high. - SahmReviews.com

Junior high / Middle school can be frightening at first. You may be startled at the new, larger school, or the thought that you might not pass your class. I realized during my junior high years, I adapted some abilities that really helped me throughout that experience. I thought I would give you some tips on how not to die in middle school.

Be Good.

On the first day of school, throughout the whole month, you need to set yourself up for the teachers. You don’t want to make a bad impression of yourself right away. Work hard at the beginning and earn their liking and trust and you’ll be set down the road.

Tips from a teen on what every student should know before attending middle school or junior high. - SahmReviews.com

Phones Away!

One of the crucial parts of class is learning. Unfortunately, some students decide to use this time and spend class secretly playing on their phone. Don’t turn into one of them. Not only would you waste your class time, but if you get your phone taken away, now you are FORCED to learn, and are grumpy. So keep your phone away in your pocket or backpack.

Work Efficiently.

Not only should you keep your phone away, but when you get assignments in class, which is often, use the time to get it done. If you don’t get it done, it may turn into homework, which takes away from your free time after school at home. If it doesn’t turn into homework, it could force you to work on it the next day. Do your work when it is assigned. It will save you the hassle.

Tips from a teen on what every student should know before attending middle school or junior high. - SahmReviews.com

Study.

There will be many tests in middle school. All from different subjects. It’s sometimes hard to cram all that information in your head. And that is what studying is for! Study for any upcoming tests so don’t have to worry if you actually take it! (or it isn’t multiple choice!)

Overall Performance

If you really take the time to pay attention in class, and work hard on assignments and tests, and not be distracted by anything, the year will really go by fast. It’ll feel like a breeze of wind!

Organization

As a student, it is crucial that you learn how to be organized, in any way. Make sure you have things in place and your homework done so you can find everything. No one wants a panic attack in the middle of class, thinking that you forgot your homework at home, or it’s ripped up in your backpack!

Tips from a teen on what every student should know before attending middle school or junior high. - SahmReviews.com

Lockers

Every student gets a locker to put their stuff in. This can be used to your advantage. Put any extra boxes of pencils or pens or dry erase markers in here so they don’t clog up your backpack. It’s also very handy to keep your locker organized too, so it doesn’t look like a tornado just came through it.

Backpacks

One thing I found very helpful during my eighth grade year was that I had two backpacks. I didn’t carry both around at a time, but I kept one in my locker for later. I had one backpack for my morning classes, with half of my stuff in it, and then another backpack for my afternoon classes. This way, I don’t have to worry about my backpack ripping or putting too much weight onto my back (I switched bags after lunch so I didn’t race the clock).

Tips from a teen on what every student should know before attending middle school or junior high. - SahmReviews.com

Extra Curricular Activities

Almost every student in school does at least some kind of club or sport. Not only do you get exercise or have this boost your overall happiness, it’s quite fun and entertaining. There are various different choices. Our school offers both individual and team sports as well as clubs ranging from recycling to chess to trap shooting. I would definitely recommend looking into the sports options your school offers as well as the choices of clubs organized by the school.

Tips from a teen on what every student should know before attending middle school or junior high. - SahmReviews.com

The Social Life

All students like to dress for the best. Girls try to look the prettiest while boys try to look the hottest (ICK). But in reality, do not do that. It’s not like whoever you date in middle school is going to be your lifetime mate. Dress with the weather, don’t overdo it. Also, along with this, don’t be anyone you’re not. Be yourself, that is who you are, and that alone is beautiful.

These are just some small and simple key tools to making your middle school experience go smoother than you think, and better than it seems. Stay in school, kids!

Madison

About Madison

Madison is currently a student excelling in math and science. She's active in orchestra, band and various competitive sports. When she isn't participating in one of her many extra-curricular activities, you can find her playing video games or watching Netflix.

12 comments on «10 Things Every Student Should Know Before Attending Middle School»

  1. NYC Single Mom says:

    I love your tips but unfortunately my daughter never took any advice on your list. I am going to send this list to her so maybe she can use them for high school!

  2. The 2 backpack idea is really smart! You get so many books in middle and high school and this will really save your back.

  3. Chloe says:

    I remember the transition into changing schools like it was yesterday! I was so excited to get my first locker. These are some wonderful tips for those who are movin on up!

  4. Caitlin says:

    I wish I had thought to have two backpacks when I was in school! Textbooks (and everything else you have to haul around!) are ridiculously heavy.

  5. katriza says:

    Some great tips here for middle schoolers! I remember middle school and it was one of the best times of my life!

  6. kelly reci says:

    I think I should show this post to my mom! haha lol this is for my sister who is going to mid schools!

  7. Middle school is a huge change and these are great tips for that! I think it’s important that the kids act appropriately and of course follow their teachers.

  8. Katrina gehman says:

    My daughter is going to be a freshman and has yet to have a locker. I’m sure she will in high school and I bet she won’t know what to do with it. Great tips.

  9. I never thought that in choosing a good school is to know what clubs and sports the school can provide for one’s child. This reminds me of my niece’s daughter, who is about to enter high school next year. Knowing that she loves volleyball and painting, I will help her find a school that does not only has clubs for both but also have a great curriculum that can help her prepare for college.

  10. Booknut123 says:

    I’ve ve been thinking about middle school since Kindergarten! These are some wonderful tips for middle school, which I’m going to in 3 months! My mom DEFINITELY liked the last one the best. I will be sure to use all those tips next year. I can not use words to epress my excitement for middle school!!!

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