The Pros and Cons of Doing Honors Classes

As the end of the school year approaches, most of us students are beginning to think about our classes for next year. Have you considered doing honors classes? Don’t be scared by its title, honors classes are fun!

Honors courses are referred to as exclusive, they proceed at a faster pace and cover more material than the standard curriculum. For example, in a regular science class you would learn about what cells are, whereas the honors science kids would learn the history of cells and why they’re important. Another question that might be lingering in your mind is; do I have to be really “smart” to be in an honors class? Not necessarily. You don’t have to be overly “smart” to be in an honors course, what teachers look for is your work ethic. If you’re one of those students who slack off, don’t do homework, or sleep in class, honors probably isn’t for you. If you get decent grades, turn in the homework and pay attention in class, you should definitely consider doing honors. These classes will help you get a good job in the future. Doing honors in junior high will help prepare you for advanced classes in high school.

There are, of course, many advantages that come from being an honors student in seventh or eighth grade and in high school. However, the honors workload is substantially larger. A lot more work is involved in because you are expected to have a higher work ethic. Working hard is the most important part of being in an advanced class. If you can’t work hard, you’re not going to last long in this kind of class!

Overall, honors courses are great for getting a head start in high school or preparing for college. The most important thing to remember is to work hard and have fun!

By Lauren Miller

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