Posts Tagged ‘college prep’

Is Your High School Junior on Track with College Planning?

October 24, 2020

College admissions has changed dramatically this past eight months due to Covid-19. It is important that high school juniors get on track with their college planning in order to be prepared for the college application and admission process.

Although many colleges are test-optional for the class of 2021, that does not mean that colleges are test-blind. Most will still accept test scores from the SAT or ACT and consider them as part of the college application if they are submitted. Many colleges will also consider SAT and ACT scores for merit scholarships. For students who choose not to submit test scores, essays will carry more weight than ever before because they allow a school to determine how a student will contribute to theIr college community.

Colleges will be more flexible with who writes the recommendations, because they too will help a school get a picture of a student’s character, which is a big thing this year. Whether getting into college will be more difficult or easier for 2021or 2022 high school graduates remains to be seen. However, students need to write the best college applications and essays in order to be competitive. The more planning that high school juniors do, the more successful their college admissions oportunities will be as a high school senior.

Susie Watts is a college consultant with 30 years experience. She begins working with high school juniors once they are into their first semester. You can contact Susie at 303-692-1918 or susie@collegedirection.org with questions.Love

How to Get a Competitive Edge with Your Professors

August 21, 2013

Many high school and college students began a new school year this week.  Most enter this new year with the intention of doing well academically, but some students simply do not know how to be successful.

I think this is a great list of suggestions to help students get a competitive edge.  It is from the College of Charleston and actual comments from their professors.

  • Ask at least one question in every class.
  • Know that students earn their grades, professors do not give them.
  • Type your work. You are in college now, and it is 2013.
  • Answer test questions consecutively and in complete sentences, rather than stream of consciousness. And not in green ink!
  • Find things you are good at, and like.  Often the two are connected.  
  • Say “I’m having trouble understanding this.” You will get a better response than if you say “You didn’t explain this very well” to your professor.
  • Be clear and honest about what you do not understand. For this short period of time, that’s someone else’s (the professor’s) problem. So don’t fake a thing. 
  • Ask if you don’t understand something. Chances are that 75% of the class is right there with you going “WHAT?!” They will thank you for it.
  • Start writing your paper early. You can’t write an “A” paper in two hours. Probably not even a “C” paper.
  • Learn the difference between “reply” and “reply all.”
  • Engage in public speaking and master personal finance.
  • Know your attitude always matters.
  • Treat college like a full-time job. Make the time you spend in class and the time you spend studying add up to 40 hours a week.