Preparing for the MYP

By Twila Ternida

Summer is almost over and the new school year is about to start. Are you ready? Here are some tips on how to survive (and thrive) through the upcoming year.

6th graders: You’ve just completed the first phase of your journey here at Imagine. Now, you’re about to embark on a new journey to the MYP. Here are some tips on how to adapt to the unfamiliar landscape:

  • Stay organized! It may take some experimentation to determine the most effective strategy. Ultimately, it’s best to choose the simplest system (that works for you) to avoid chaos, especially during your first year in the MYP.
  • BYOD: A lot of the work in MYP can be completed on technology, whether this means writing an essay or collaborating with team members on a group project. Bring a tablet, laptop, or phone to school (just be sure to follow the Imagine Electronics Policy).


7th – 8th graders: Now that you’ve assimilated into the new MYP system, the rest of middle school will be much easier. In fact, grades 7 and 8 will be the easiest years of your Imagine journey. Enjoy them while you can, but use this time to prepare yourself for the challenges of high school.

  • Experiment with study methods: Knowing what study and organization methods work (and don’t work) for you will prove very useful in high school. When the workload starts to increase, you can dedicate more time to your assignments and less time to finding the most effective way to do them.
  • Establish strong study habits: Once you’ve figured out what study methods work best for you, form habits out of them. This way, you’ll be ready to face the challenges of MYP.


9th-  10th graders: You are about to face the most challenging years of the MYP. You’ll be working harder in the next few years than you’ve ever worked in middle school or elementary school. Here is some advice to help you survive:

  • Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help on topics you don’t understand. If you express the initiative, they will be more than willing to provide the help you need.
  • Take a mental break (not a breakdown): As the homework begins to pile on, and the stress starts to accumulate, don’t panic! Eat a [healthy] snack or take a quick walk to refresh your brain.
  • Sleep: Even when the dreaded summative weeks arrive, make sure you get enough sleep to make it through the next school day (at least 6 hours). A muddled brain won’t help much on that math test!


As the school year progresses, we’ll provide more advice to help you through the MYP years. For now, keep these simple tips in mind. Welcome back to school!