Freshman Information


 9th Grade: Set Your Sights on College
  • Take courses that challenge you.
  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss your educational and course options.
  • Explore course options such as AP, honors, NCVPS, and Career and College Promise.
  • Create a free CFNC account to record your courses, activities, and more.
  • Explore career interest at CFNC.org
  • Research ways to save and pay for college.

Ten Essential Study Skills -  How To Make Good Grades in High School


  • Manage Your Time Wisely - This simple skill pays off now and in the future.  Don't wait until the last minute to do an assignment or to study for a test. Use a planner to write down important due dates and test dates so that you do not forget them.
  • Figure Out Your Learning Style - There are lots of free tests online to help you to figure out your learning style; try the links at www.cfnc.org.  Are you a flash card guy or do you need to write vocabulary words down on paper before you learn them?  Find out what works for you and DO IT!
  • Is There a Better Way to Study - Are you cramming before exams, procrastinating until the last minute before studying?  Studies show that shorter study sessions over subsequent days help students to retain information better.  
  • Organize, Organize, Organize - If you don't like to use a planner, at least make a "To Do" list or use your smart phone's calendar to keep up with assignments and due dates. Organize folders and your book bag weekly so that you don't lose assignments or work completed.
  • Get Some Sleep - Studies have shown that getting a good nights sleep will help you perform better in school and on tests.  Set a "NO cell phone or TV after 10:00" rule for yourself and stick to it.  Don't wait until the last minute to study for an exam either or you may be staying up LATE to cram (i.e. no sleep).
  • Attend Class - At PGHS you are required to be here 85 days per semester in order to pass or you must submit a waiver explaining and documenting your absences.  In reality, each day you miss leaves holes in your learning.  Some classes (i.e.math) where knowledge is presented in building blocks can be next to impossible to pass without good attendance.
  • Ask Questions - Teachers are paid to teach you information.  No question is stupid or unimportant.  If you do not understand something, be respectful, but ask your teacher to explain.  If you still do not understand arrange to stay after class during Enrichment to get more individualized instruction.
  • Form Study Groups - Freshmen hate to do this, but by senior year (and college) students have figured out that this is the way to go.  Get together with groups of people who really care about school and their grades and who will be serious about studying, then share information with them in a study session.
  • Write Notes During Lectures - Writing important points down as the teacher goes over the lesson will help you to remember them when it is time to study at home.  It will also get you prepared for note taking in college. If the teacher says, "this is important," you NEED to make a note of it.
  • Find Your "Study" Place - Experiment with different places to study to see which place helps you to focus more.  You may invariably pick your bedroom, but make sure that the noise level is down to a minimum.  The least distractions the better.  You may even study outside on pretty days as long as you can do so without being distracted. Try the local library on occasion.