What's your favorite dance tune?

summer Jul 11, 2018
 

It’s all about you! 

Enjoy this summer and start thinking about what you like, and what is important to you. Summer is a good time to do as much preparing for next year as you can. Here is an activity you can do with your friends. It is fun to compare notes and learn about each other. 

 Start thinking about what is important to you. What are: 

  • 2 things in your room important to you? 

  • 2 songs you like (think favorite dance tune from the summer?) 

  • 2 words your friends would use to describe you? 

  • 2 words you would use to describe yourself? 

Let’s take it a bit deeper.  What are: 

  • 2 feelings you have about going to college? 

  • 2 things you want from a college? 

  • 2 colleges you know about and like? 

What did you learn about yourself? 

Did you have any surprises when you did this with friends? What did you learn about your friends? What did you learn about yourself?  

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Anxious to see your AP scores? Find Out When, Why, and How

 

The wait is over! AP tests come out this week. Scores come out by physical location. View the date and location schedule, and your scores, on the College Board schedule.

 

What is the AP exam score scale?

There is no “pass” or “fail” on the AP tests.  It’s important to understand the definitions of the AP scores.

5 = extremely well qualified | Many universities award college credit

4 = well qualified  | Some universities award college credit

3 = qualified   | Some universities award college credit

2 = possibly qualified   | No college credit awarded

1 = no recommendation   | No college credit awarded

 

What if I have other scores?

Go to www.apscore.org to view scores on tests you took in previous years.

 

What if I have other questions about my AP test scores?

Check out the College Board’s AP Student Top Questions page for answers to viewing and sending scores to...

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6 Tips To Reduce Your Stress and Help You Do Your Best On Your SAT/ACT

 

Standardized testing can be daunting!  Follow these tips to reduce your stress and help you do best on your tests.

 

1.         3 Times is Enough

 

Plan to take the SAT/ACT no more than 3 times each. You should be done testing by fall of your senior year.

 

2.         Try both the SAT and ACT

 

Take a diagnostic test or take the official ACT/SAT tests to see which one you prefer and/or do best on.

 

3.         Start to Study Immediately

 

Don’t waste one of your tries before you’ve even cracked open your prep book.  Know what to expect on the test and be familiar with the format.

Practice test taking strategies. Practice your weaknesses. Don’t waste time practicing your strengths.

 

4.         Pick One Test and Stick to It

 

Take a diagnostic test to...

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6 Tips on How to Spend Money in College

atm budget credit card money May 24, 2018
 

Graduation completed? Check!
Dorm room selected? Check!
ATM card for college! What? Get an ATM card?

Before you leave for college, you need to learn how to handle money. Here are 6 tips for you to consider as you prepare to go off to college in the fall.

  • Open a bank account NOW and get an ATM card (if you don’t already have one). Make it a joint account (you and a parent.) That way you can get money quickly if you need it when away from home (in college).
  • Learn how to check your bank balance from your phone. It is a good practice to check your bank balance before you get gas or stop by Starbucks, to be sure you have money in the bank for your purchase.
  • Learn how to deposit checks. New technology allows you to deposit checks right from your phone. Great for those graduation checks you will receive.
  • Create a budget. It is essential to have a spending plan. Know how much money you will have each month from your financial aid or from parents. With your parents, create a realistic...
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5 Tips for Excelling as a College Freshman

 

Going from high school to college is a big step!  A current college student shares five tips for excelling as a freshman in college.

1. Learn to manage your time.

Classes in college are arranged differently than high school.  You will have gaps in time between classes.  Plan each day’s schedule carefully, including study time in addition to class time.

2.  Prepare before class.

Use the class syllabus to review upcoming class material. If you go to class prepared, you will get more out of the class and will save time when studying.

3.  Reflect on what you learned.

Learn how to take notes (such as Cornell notes).  Right after attending class and taking notes, write a summary of your notes, reflecting on what you learned.  How do you connect to what you learned?

4.  Find your study space.

Do you study best in a quiet environment?  Or do you do better sitting in the middle of a busy place?  Find a place you can study effectively....

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College Selection: What's in a Location & Why it is Important?

 

How do you describe where you live?  City? Suburb? Country? As you explore colleges, one thing to consider is the location of the college.  Location can make a significant impact on your college experience. Think about where you want to go to school.  

 Here are terms used in college “locations” with definitions:  

  • Major City: Population 300,000 or more: or within a 25-mile radius of a metropolitan area. 
  • Small-Medium City:  Population 75,000-299,999 or within 15-25 mile radius of its metropolitan area. 
  • Large Town: Population 25,000-74,999 or within a 10-mile radius of a large town. 
  • Small Town: Population 5,000-24,999 or within a 5-mile radius of a small town. 
  • Rural: Population under 5,000, in or near a rural community.  

How do you know what will be best for you?  Search for:  

  • Nearest airport.
  • Nearest large city.
  • Nearest outdoor experiences...
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Teacher recommendations? First some self-reflection...

 

It will soon be time to ask your teachers and your counselor for letters of recommendations. But before doing that it helps to have done some self-reflection. Think about your three favorite classes on campus. Answer the following questions about yourself and how you have performed in each class.

What have you demonstrated in class that this teacher could praise?
Describe ways you have made learning in class better. Focus on specific contributions, including:

  • Discussions
  • Presentations
  • Projects
  • Essays

What positive character traits have you displayed in this teacher’s class?
Which of the following character traits have you demonstrated in class?

  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Initiative
  • Responsibility
  • Maturity
  • Respect
  • Perseverance
  • Attention
  • Punctuality
  • Going above expectations
  • How have you used your intellect in this teacher’s class?

Describe ways you have demonstrated your love of learning in this class. Can you describe how you have demonstrated each of these...

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How Can I Get To Know My Teachers Better?

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2018
 

How do you get to know your teachers or counselor better? Here are 3 tips to building relationships with your teachers and counselors. 

  1. Show up!  Make sure your counselor or teachers know you personally by showing up for class, for appointments and for school activities.  Drop by the teacher’s room or your counselor’s office during lunch, breaks or after school. Get to know your teachers/counselor and let them get to know you. 
  2. Speak up! Make your voice heard by asking questions in class. Share thoughts and ideas.  Be an active participant in class or on campus. Don’t be afraid to voice your thoughts or opinions.

  3. Stand out! Make yourself known. Be involved in a club or student body activity.  Each activity has a faculty advisor. Get to know that faculty advisor. It is not recommended you do everything. Pick 1-3 things you are really interested in or passionate about and commit your time and energy to those...

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Tips To Becoming A Student Athlete

 

Do you have what it takes to play sports in college? Many students do - either at the varsity level or in clubs and intramurals.  Each athletic division has their own athletic and academic eligibility requirements. More competitive divisions may want to see videos of your events.   It’s a good idea to keep a record of all your stats, awards and accomplishments.   Fill out the athletic questionnaire on each college website & call or email the athletic director/coach.  Game on! 

Varsity Sports 

  • NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association 
    The NCAA includes schools in Div I, Div II, and Div III.  They follow academic eligibility and recruiting rules.  Div I and Div II schools can provide athletic scholarships, but full-ride scholarships are rare. Div III schools do not offer any athletic scholarships.  But don’t rule them out.  These...
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6 Advantages to Studying in the United Kingdom

 

Have you considered studying abroad?  What if you could study abroad for your entire college experience rather than just one semester?  

There are several advantages to studying in the United Kingdom

  1. Studying in the United Kingdom could be a great way for you to experience another culture for college without worrying about a language barrier.  

  2. The UK has some of the most prestigious universities in the world - Oxford, Cambridge, and Imperial College of London all rank among the top 10 - along with over 160 colleges and universities across the country.  Just like in the U.S., you can find a university that fits your style. 

  3. Earn a bachelor’s degree in 3 years.  You can finish your bachelor’s degree in 3 years (in England, Ireland, and Wales - still 4yrs in Scotland) which means moving on to graduate school or a career sooner than at an American university.  And a 3-year degree means less...
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