For high school juniors, the Spring does not bring renewal but rather a gauntlet of tests. Most Connecticut juniors will take the SAT for the first time in the first week of March. The SAT is now offered by public high schools in Connecticut. Some students will heroically double up next week and take the March 7th test offered by the College Board.
Thereafter, some students will take the April ACT. Most students will take the May SAT (although some will take the May SAT IIs instead). Some will take AP exams. Many will take the ACT and/or SAT again in June. All will take high school finals!
In our SAT-ACT Mastery Seminar, I show them the light at the end of the tunnel. March-June, Junior year, is literally the hardest stretch of K-12 and arguably the hardest stretch of any educational experience – although 1st year law school was brutal! In our class, I discuss mental toughness as the virtue required to get through the next few months. But thereafter, summer, followed a stretch of intensity again September-November in relation to college applications but then around Thanksgiving, everything starts to slow (slide) down for seniors. January -June is almost burden free. Then summer again.
Rewards are coming. Just be patient.