By Ellie ’26
Hello! My name’s Ellie, and I’m a current 8th grader. Coming to a new school with a reputation for having a big workload can be scary, but let me tell you, while it may be challenging, it’s not impossible. The key is time management, and I’m here to help you get started in the right direction! Here are my top 5 tips to better manage your time at Harvard-Westlake.
My first tip is to meet with your teachers. While I’m sure you’ve probably heard this a hundred times before from other ambassadors, they’re not kidding: it’s a great tip. Harvard-Westlake understands that the workload can be overwhelming, and teachers are always there to help. You get one free period per cycle for all of your core classes during your six-day class schedule. I would utilize these free periods to meet with your teachers to clarify a lesson, study for an upcoming assessment, or simply get to know them a bit more.
My second tip is to get a planner. Whether that be a paper planner or an app like Notion,
planners are crucial to success at HW. You have so many different classes and electives that sometimes things slip your mind throughout the day. A planner is a great way to keep track of all your upcoming assignments and assessments to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed or disorganized. Personally, I use an app called Notion, an online workspace that is great for taking notes or making a planner. If you want to know more about it and need some help, shoot me an email, and I’ll be glad to help. 🙂
My third tip is to study early! There have been times where I’ve put off my studies until the last minute, and let me tell you, it wasn’t fun. As soon as you hear about an upcoming assessment, make a study guide, create flashcards, or another study set like Quizlet. Don’t put studying off until the day before your test or quiz. Instead, try viewing your study tools every day for at least 45 minutes. It’s much easier to study if you separate it into smaller chunks every day instead of cramming it all a few hours before. Cramming is never the solution! And, if you think you aren’t too prepared for the assessment and need some extra help, meet with your teachers or visit the learning center located in Munger Library.
In conclusion, although school can be a bit scary, you’re not alone! Reach out to teachers, keep organized, prepare for things early, and you’ll be just fine. And, if you need a little bit more help, don’t hesitate to email me or any other student ambassadors if you have any more questions. I hope you have a good day and good luck with your studies!