Students Who Excel: In Pursuit of Academic Excellence (Tony H.)

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Tony H. loves math . . . he knows that his propensity for math might exceed what his teachers are willing to delve into.  He, for instance, is ready for studying coordinate planes.

But until he’s in a class where he can learn more about coordinate planes, he’s content to hold onto his passion and pursue it where he can.

That’s the advice he shares with fellow students on how to achieve academic excellence, in schoolwork and on standardized tests.

Hold fast to what you love . . .

Tony’s passion could come from his mother, who has a master’s degree in statistics, or his paternal grandparents were both engineering professors at a university in Wuhan, China. His father is a journalism professor at SIU; he also has a 3-year-old brother.

He likes the district’s Academic Talent math class, of which he is a student, because it allows him to learn and try out new math skills.  He wishes, though, that that was a bit more rigorous.

Tony, who plays violin in the Lewis School Orchestra and takes private piano lessons, aspires to be a mathematician.


Tony’s Advice for Achieving Academic Excellence

  • Be productive:  Productivity is the most important thing. You have to use your time efficiently.
  • In your downtime, think of ways to take the best advantage of standardized tests, working on your weaknesses.