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Verbatim: Students target second semester for academic changes

From improved study habits to better time management, students at Palo Alto High School are greeting the new semester with a renewed focus.

The Paly Voice asked students about the academic changes they wish to make in the second semester.

“I came into the first semester as a freshman wildly clueless about what to do. I definitely want to manage my stress — like if there is a test being graded, I am not going to spend my time worrying about it. Instead, I’m going to relax a little bit because I think that is very important as a high school student, and we don’t want to burn ourselves out.”

— freshman Meghna Singh

“I want to continue to improve my grades and make sure I maintain my GPA, maintain my extracurriculars and make sure that I keep being the student I strive to be academically.”

— sophomore Brian Liu

“The biggest difference in academics I’m trying to make is making sure I know and understand what’s happened in each class period. Even if I don’t completely get the material, it’s okay because the goal is not to have it perfect on the first try, as amazing as that would be.”

— sophomore Jade Rothbaum

“I need to make better use of prep time by preparing for classes. If you actually use your prep time to really plan, it could be a lot more effective because you’re in school, in a good environment, and planning ahead could save a lot of work.”

— junior Darwin Rescorla

“For me personally, I feel like I need to manage my time better because last year I procrastinated a lot. It’s the second semester of my senior year, so I don’t really care as much, but I will try to keep my grades not too bad.”

— senior Cynthia Dong

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Allison Ma (Class of 2026) joined The Paly Voice her sophomore year and enjoys running, baking and watching TV shows.

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    AndyJan 25, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    Great reporting!