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How to build strong academics ? And what to choose ?

I am a sophomore in high school.
I've played tennis throughout my life, yet haven't seen progress in tournaments. I excel in math and science but am uncertain about my career path. I finished 2 AP courses already. While I aspire to be a tennis player, being in 10th grade makes me question if it's a viable path. However, I don't want to give up tennis. Wondering if focusing on academics now will put me in a better position by the end of high school.

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Xiaojie Johan’s Answer

Hello Sunny,

You can still continue to play tennis, but you might need to prioritize academics if you do not feel like tennis is a viable path. Playing tennis in high school does help with getting into an university/college as it is an activity that is outside of academics. I'd continue with participating in other activities, getting a high GPA, scoring well on standardized tests, etc. etc.

Best of luck in what you choose to do in college/university!

Best regards,

Johan
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Lirio’s Answer

Building strong academics involves several key components:

1. **Goal Setting**: Define clear academic goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

2. **Time Management**: Develop effective time management skills to balance academic responsibilities with other activities.

3. **Study Techniques**: Experiment with different study techniques such as active recall, spaced repetition, and summarization to find what works best for you.

4. **Seek Help When Needed**: Don't hesitate to ask for help from teachers, tutors, or classmates when you encounter challenges.

5. **Healthy Habits**: Prioritize physical and mental well-being by maintaining a balanced diet, regular exercise, and sufficient sleep.

6. **Curiosity and Critical Thinking**: Cultivate a curious mindset and hone critical thinking skills by questioning, analyzing, and synthesizing information.

7. **Extracurricular Activities**: Engage in extracurricular activities that complement your academic interests and help develop a well-rounded skill set.

When it comes to choosing what to study, consider your interests, strengths, career aspirations, and the current job market. Research different fields and industries to identify opportunities and trends. Additionally, seek guidance from mentors, counselors, and professionals in fields you're interested in. It's essential to choose a path that aligns with your passions and goals while also offering potential for growth and fulfillment.
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