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Study Tips for Exams

Amy Jasper Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Exam time is right around the corner for many students. Success in a class is typically a result of quality studying throughout the year, not just for the exam. The good news is it's never too late to attain or refine strong study skills. 

  • Create free simple learning tools for any subject using Quilzlet's (https://quizlet.com) flashcards, tests, and study games. I love this resource and it's useful from grade school to graduate school.   
  • Create a quiet clutter free space to study. If you find music helpful, use headphones.  Study groups tend to be more social than helpful so going it alone is usually best.
  • Throughout the semester, review all of your notes and re-read important passages in your text book.  Although you may sometimes find success in cramming, in the long run it is not in your best interest. In college, the volume of work not only increases tremendously but it is also harder. Cramming will not be your friend so break the habit now.
  • Have a healthy snack to keep you focused and not hungry or crashing after a sugar rush. Nuts, fruit, milk, and whole grains are some options. Chips, cookies, candy and caffeine are tasty but are not healthy snacks. 


It's September Seniors: Keep Calm and Do This Now

Amy Jasper Thursday, September 18, 2014

  • Register for ACT, SAT, and/or SAT II.
  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss the schools to which you are applying and what you need to do to have your transcripts and recommendations sent. Follow your counselor's directions and adhere to their deadlines.
  • Request letters of recommendation from your teacher(s).
  • Create a chart of your college deadlines and requirements. Remember that short of a natural disaster, colleges are not flexible with deadlines. You must be on time.
  • Complete essays in a timely fashion. Have someone proofread your essays and applications.
  • Meet admissions representatives who visit your school.
  • Have official test scores sent to the colleges to which you're applying.

Social Media - It's a Small World After All

Amy Jasper Monday, September 02, 2013

Social media has made ‘it’s a small world’ far more then a figure of speech or a ride at Disney World. Many colleges have ways for prospective students to be connected to their potential schools by FB, Twitter, blogs, and various other mediums. Whether you are a senior preparing to apply to colleges or a 9th, 10th, or 11th grader, you need to be keenly aware of your online presence. A great rule to follow is: only post pictures, videos, or comments online that you would not be embarrassed to show your grandmother or have plastered on a bill board on I-95. Apply this to all sites that you participate – FB, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, etc. Also create an email address that is basic and professional. Applying to one’s dream school with the email address iHateTarheelBlue@gmail.com or dukediva@gmail.com is not a good look. It is a fact that some colleges and employers do indeed Google applicants or checkout their FB page. How many? We’ll never truly know… but better safe than sorry.


Happy New Year Seniors!

Amy Jasper Monday, January 14, 2013

Right now there are two kinds of college bound seniors. One has already been accepted into the school of their choice and has decided to attend. The other is still applying to colleges. Both are perfectly fine positions to be in but require different plans of action. The following steps in these winter months will keep you on track for a happy spring.

 Seniors Who Can Kiss the Admissions Process Goodbye:

  • Congratulate yourself on a job well done!
  • Say Thank You – Remember you did not get to this point on your own. Thank those who supported you in this process, wrote letters, proofread, paid for application fees, took you on college visits, etc.
  • Apply for Financial Aid - Complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
  • If you were admitted under binding ED, be sure to withdraw your applications from other schools.                                                  

 Seniors in the Homestretch of the Process:

  • Be sure to adhere to deadlines, as many are January 15th or February 1st.
  • Don’t let your energy fade. Put as much into these last applications as you did others.
  • Give your college list a final review. Think of admission decision worse case scenarios and be certain you have choices you can be happy with.
  • Apply for Financial Aid - Complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.
  • Be patient... it's a virtue.

 

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