Academic ResourcesThe past is an illusion. You must learn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice. ~ Bruce Lee
Prepare for College: Quick Tips for High School StudentsFind out what your child should be taking in high school, then plan it!
Select Your Class: Seniors | Juniors | Sophomores | Freshmen
SeniorsMake sure that you finish your high school career strong. Plan to knock out these items during your senior year:
- Don't get "Senioritis! " Your senior courses and grades do make a difference. Being a senior means following through on college applications and preparing for the big transition to college.
- You can still take or retake the SAT I and ACT. See your counselor for dates. Early fall is best.
- If you're taking an AP course, get ready for the May exams.
JuniorsThe eleventh grade is the most important school year during you pre-college years. This list will help you to stay on top of the many different things you need to make happen:
- Continue to take challenging courses and to explore careers. This is a very important year. Colleges usually base their decision on your sophomore and junior year grades.
- In October, take the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Good scores may lead to a merit scholarship, so take this test seriously.
- Compile a list of your top 7-10 college choices. Write the colleges for information. Compare entrance requirements, cost, size, unique programs, facilities, your intended field of study, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Talk to friends or relatives who have attended.
SophomoresCollege is something that you need to be thinking about now. A college education will help you take charge of your future. A college degree means more career opportunities and a greater earning potential; but, it takes some planning and preparation. Don't wait! Now is the time to take charge and aim high! Beginning where you are now, plan your high school program using the checklist below:
- The most important step is to get started.
- Develop an organization system to log your assignments, exams, social events, appointments, job interviews, etc. This will help you manage your time and develop organizational skills.
- Be sure the courses you sign up for are "college prep." These courses will best prepare you for college. Seek the advice of your parents and/or a counselor. Challenge yourself! Take honors and advanced courses when appropriate.
FreshmenCollege is something that you need to be thinking about now. A college education will help you take charge of your future. A college degree means more career opportunities and a greater earning potential; but, it takes some planning and preparation. Don't wait! Now is the time to take charge and aim high! Beginning where you are now, plan your high school program using the checklist below:
- Discuss with your parents now about college costs. You can help too by starting to save money from part-time jobs, gifts, etc. Start learning about college costs and financial aid. It is not too early to investigate information.
- Read books continuously. Reading helps you to build your vocabulary and has been proven to help increase math ability as well. Just think, if you read a lot about the things that interest you, you will eventually become an ‘expert’ in those areas.
- Organize any college information you get, such as brochures. Even if it just means putting them in the same pile somewhere. Familiarize yourself with the college application process, so you're not surprised when it comes time to apply. Don’t be the one saying ‘Man, I knew that I should have taken that other class!’
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Jeron Campbell, Ed.L.D.
Founder and Executive Director