Preparation You Need To Do Before Taking Standardized Tests

Taking the standardized tests is a major part of the college application process. In addition to your academic standing in your high school year, these standardized tests are one of the bases that college admission officers evaluate. Knowing that it can affect their future, this can bring heavy pressure to every high school students.

For every college, they have different requirements regarding the standardized tests. Some may require for you to take SAT, ACT, and even Advance Placement Test. You also have to remember that there are still lots of things that you have to do, such as high school workloads; school and organization activities; keeping your class ranks and GPA at the top; preparing essential documents for your college applications and financial aid, and keeping up with all of your deadlines. This time of their lives can be very chaotic and extremely stressful for every high school students. But if you keep on thinking about it, then it will just add up to the things that will stress you more. The best thing that you can do is to be prepared for these standardized exams.

Before the test

Preparation is the key for you to perform well. You have to organize your schedule and study periods; make research about the standardized tests from the past years; keep yourself fit and healthy; and just simply relax.

  • Understand the test format

From the previous years, know what formats are being used for each test and the categories on it. If you took a practice test when you are in your junior year, then it will definitely give you the advantage because you were able to experience how the tests are being conducted.

  • Practice

There are several prep classes that you can enroll with. With the help of the mentors, you will be able to improve the areas where you are having difficulties. There are also prep test booklets that you can purchase. With the help of practicing, you will be able to recognize your errors, especially the careless mistakes.

  • Understand how the test is scored

ACT and SAT are graded differently with each other. On SAT, you will lose a quarter of your point for every wrong answer. While on ACT, there is no penalty for wrong answers. This means that on ACT, even if you don’t know the correct answer the best thing that you can do it guess. But with SAT, guessing an answer will give you 75 percent chance of losing a quarter. This is not good on your part because if you add it all up, you might lose huge points in your exam.

  • Prepare your study periods

Never try to cram because it will definitely not help you in getting high scores in the tests. The best thing to do is to start early. Even if it’s still 3 months from the schedule, you should start reviewing. Good studying habits and studying consistently will help you retain the information from your review materials.

  • Keep yourself fit and healthy

Tests are not just about being mentally prepared; you also need to be physically fit so that you will have the energy to study and do your tasks. Your schedule may be chaotic but never neglect yourself. Eating healthy food can also help your memory.

  • Get enough sleep

Do not pull an all-nighter before the test because it will affect your performance. Complete the 7 – 8 hours sleep so that you will be able to fully relax your mind. You will have a clear mind during the exam.

  • Arrive in the testing facility early

If you are not familiar with the venue, then you should leave your home early so that you will have more time to look for the place.

  • Relax your mind before the exam

Keep yourself from feeling pressured and stressed because it will affect your performance. Just keep your mind clear and remember the lessons that you studied.

During the exam

  • Read the instructions and questions carefully.

This is the most important part of the test. You have to pay attention to every single detail. If not, it will lead to an error or a careless mistake that can lead to the reduction in your score.

  • Be aware of the time limit.

Wearing a watch is helpful in the tests so that you will know how much time has passed and the time left for you to finish. It will also help you to calculate how much minutes you have to assign for every question so that you will be able to finish the tests.

  • Don’t get distracted by other students.

It is important you are solely focused on answering the questions. Being distracted can cause you a mistake or get mentally blocked during the test.

  • Avoid guessing your answers, as much as possible.

Remember the scoring of the tests. It is not bad to guess an answer with ACT, but with SAT your points will be deducted from the wrong answers. The most important thing is to make sure that your answer is 100% certain.

  • Review your answers.

If you still have enough time, go back from the start. Check if you followed the instructions correctly. Return to the questions that you were not able to answer yet. Review the questions that you are uncertain with your answer.

Taking standardized tests can be really stressful and will surely put pressure to you. The worst thing that you can do is just think about it and let more stress and pressure add to your mind. Remember that in everything that we do, preparation is always the key to success. With a carefully devised plan and steps to help you with, you will be assured that you will perform well in the tests.

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Improving Your Chances of Getting Accepted in College

College is one of the most important parts of our life that it can absolutely affect our future. This is the reason why you should spend a lot of time devising a plan regarding college application. You have to carefully consider every factor and take necessary steps to ensure that you will have a great future. The best time to prepare for college is in your freshmen year in high school. Some of you may think that it is too much to prepare that early. But you have to realize that your high school record will be evaluated by colleges not only based in your senior year but your whole high school record. Therefore, early preparation is the most important part of planning to improve your chance of getting accepted to your dream college.

College application can be both exciting and stressful. When you think of applying to college, the first thing that you will be thinking is the endless deadlines that you have to meet and the heavy workload that you have to do. In addition, the pressure of excelling in everything that you will do due to fierce competition with other highly qualified students applying to elite schools. But if you use the right approach, you can definitely make your high school experience more memorable while increasing your chance of getting accepted in college.

  • Build your academic profile

The first thing you need to do is to study hard, from your freshman up to senior year. Your performance should be consistent, with your GPA and class ranking staying at the top of the class. Talk with your teachers if you need more help with your subjects. In addition to this, you have to prepare for the SAT and ACT and other standardized tests that your preferred college requires. You may consider additional help by getting a tutor, enrolling in a test prep class, and getting test prep books. Another option is to take Advance Placement (AP) test, where you can earn acceleration or class credits if you were able to perform well. Besides taking care of your classes, you should also join academic teams, competitions, and organizations. In joining an organization, it can be another way of socializing with fellow students and being able to learn additional skills.

  • Prove that you are a well-rounded student

Well-rounded means a student can excel academically and be involved in extra-curricular activities, all at once. You may consider joining clubs in your school, which can be involved in sports and other clubs like drama, dance, choir, or cheerleading group. It can be more fun if you will participate in an activity that you are passionate about. You will not feel obligated to do a various task for the group and you will also learn more about it. Another thing to consider is participation in school activities like fundraisers and charity works. Lastly, you should consider learning other skills like playing an instrument. This will not just improve your credential, but you will grow more as a person.

  • Participate in your community

Since you are participating in school activities, you might as well consider being involved in activities in your community. By being active, you will be able to help other people like out-of-school youths, people with disabilities, or elders who live in the retirement village. You will be able to learn how to communicate with different types of people and improve your self-confidence. Furthermore, you can gain important connections in your community that can help you in gaining an awesome recommendation letter for your college admission.

  • Let them know that you are industrious

Real world experience may also hold significant credit to your resume. So if you think that you can manage your time effectively, you may consider having a part-time job or summer employment. College can be expensive and save up for it can be very helpful for you and your family. Besides getting a credential, learning how to work in the real world and saving up can be a great experience for you. You will have an insight about having a job, learn how to manage your own money, and acquire additional skill in the process.

  • Learn how to write a remarkable admission essay

This part of college admission can be very nerve-wracking. You have to carefully think of how you will answer the essay questions of every college. Colleges have different requirements for these; some might require lengthy essays while some have little instruction regarding its supposed content. You should remember that it has to be professional and personal altogether. Make sure that it will be outstanding and every admission officer will be impressed with its content. If you are unsure with your admission essay, you can ask for help and feedback from your teachers, guidance counselor, or even with your parents. Note that you may need to edit your essay as long as you know that you can improve it.

  • Gain a glowing letter of recommendation

Every college requires for you to submit at least one or it can range up to four recommendation letters, depending on their requirement. College admission offices take this seriously because it contains how your previous teachers, employers, or guidance counselor views you with your academic or work performance, social interaction, your attitude and behavior. It is important that you ask recommendation letter from the people who knows you best. You should also give them enough time to construct the letter.

Colleges carefully assess your high school grades, extracurricular activities, standardized test results, recommendations from your teachers and guidance counselor, admission essays, and interviews, if they require. It is a great challenge to get into the college of your choice, but if you work hard and stay focus on your goal you will ensure optimal consideration for admission in your dream college.

How College Students Can Prepare To Be Job-Ready

College is one step closer to living in the ‘real’ world. Most people spent almost 16 years of their life in school to get ready and face the challenges in life. In school, success is easily determined by grades and class rankings and most of the problems are involved with school works and extracurricular activities that should meet every deadline. But in real life, success is determined by various factors and most of the time there is no deadline to meet, rather you have to deal with the situation until it has been finally solved. In fulfilling task or solving situations, your solutions might get rejected by your boss or the problem may still arise then you have to deal with it again and again. Most of the time, you have to handle multiple tasks that have the same deadlines. With these things in mind, it can be quite scary to face challenges in the real world. But there are several ways to get prepared while you are still in college.

Most students think that after graduating in college means that they can easily get a job. But nowadays, getting hired can be really difficult. There are several college graduates that are qualified for the job positions available. Thus, there is a very steep competition to get hired. It is ideal to have high grades and good credentials, but most companies are looking for those who have skills as well that they can use for the job. Companies are now using strict screening process in order to hire the best possible candidate for the position. Most students have also realized this situation, thus they make sure that they will be able to get into best colleges. While some of them are choosing to pursue a graduate degree so that they will have more access to several job positions.

If you are in college and wants to have a great career in the future, here are some suggestions that you should try doing as part of your college life:

  • Pay attention to your classes

This will not only help you ace your exams and get high grades for your subjects, but you will be more disciplined. You will have to take your course seriously by attending your class, paying attention, and doing every requirement. You should also get involved in class discussions or interact with your professor. Learn how to ask them when you have doubts or questions. Make sure that you are well-informed about the topic. This will definitely help you improve your social and intellectuals skills. Employers really like candidates that are bright and confident.

  • Participate in extracurricular activities

Most companies are looking for candidates who don’t simply have great grades, but as well as those with great credentials. These credentials came from joining extracurricular activities and community projects. Employers wanted to have a potential employer that can easily balance their life and work schedules. In addition to having great credentials, this is where you will be able to learn different skills such as social, communication, leadership, teamwork, and most importantly time management. This will improve your critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving for the organization’s projects. Group works are also a great way to lead and work with others while improving your social and communication skills. To top it all, you will have to learn to manage your time wisely. But the most important thing is that you can still have fun while doing these activities and earning good credentials, all at the same time.

  • Getting an internship or summer-jobs

Having a real work experience can be your great advantage because employers will know that you are able to learn a thing or two about having a job. During your internship, you will be able to learn different skills. You can learn some technical skills that will be useful in your future career. In addition, some companies are offering paid internship. Thus, you will learn a lot and earn money at the same time.

  • Network

In college, you will be able to meet different people, especially if you join organizations and apply for summer jobs or internships. Make sure that you are able to connect with them and create a network. It is also better if you have a good relationship with your professors and seniors. Through these different people, you will have a more diverse knowledge and you will learn how to work with different kind of personalities. Moreover, these people will know how you work and its quality. Having a good connection can be very helpful in your future employment.

  • Learn to love challenges

Unlike with school where academic loads stop at the end of the semester, challenges in jobs are constant. It is never ending and most of the time you have to deal with multiple tasks and situations that you should be able to fulfill. Therefore, you should be well adapted to every situation that will come in your way.

There is an increasing competition in getting hired for the job that you really want. Thus, it is important that you are not just an intelligent student. You should be able to prove to employers that you can handle the position because of the skills that you possess as well. You should be able to prove with every employer that you are ready to take on a job.

How College Organizations Can Help Students

College is an important phase of everyone’s life. This is the time when most of us are trying to figure out what we want in life, building our reputation, and trying to learn as much as we can before entering the ‘real world’. Unlike in our high school years, college is where we first experience almost everything; we are introduced to different types of people, diverse cultures, exposed to different lifestyles, and discover various ideas. With all of these happening all at the same time, this is overwhelming for a freshmen student but college is a great way to experience new things and learn about life.

Life in college can be intimidating, especially if you are several miles away from your hometown; far from your families and old friends. You might feel lonely and homesick at times during your first week in college. There will be a group of students gathering in the cafeteria table or in the courtyard, talking about their lives or classes and simply having fun. But you do not have to get all depress because you don’t have anyone to talk to because college is the best opportunity to be able to meet and have new friends. With several college organizations available in every campus, this is the perfect opportunity to establish new friendships and be able to connect with the campus community. In addition, this will help you with your career and be able to learn several skills.

There are several reasons why college student should consider joining organizations.

  • Networking: This is the best way to meet fellow students and establish new friendships with the people who share similar interest with you.
  • Social skills: With the different kinds of students in the campus, your conversation and engagement will definitely improve.
  • Professional experience: Organizations will have several activities like community works. With your active participation, you will be exposed to opportunities that will help in your professional career.
  • Time management skills: You will be able to learn how to manage and prioritize your tasks, and balance your academic and social life.
  • Leadership skills: Since you will be a part of an organization, you will be assigned with some tasks. This is a great opportunity to learn about responsibilities of being a leader.

Before you join in any organization, there are things that you have to keep in mind.

  • First, choose organizations that interest you. This is a great way to meet people with the same interest as yours, which can be political views, social values, and intellectual curiosity. It can be a fun way to learn more about the thing that you are passionate about and be able to exchange ideas with its members.
  • Second, you can explore your options. Aside from joining an organization of your interest, you can also take this opportunity to join a group that you are curious about or something that you wanted to try for a very long time. Take this as another way to learn while you are in college.
  • Third, do not overcommit to several clubs. Student organizations will teach you several skills that can help you in college and can be useful in the future. Active participation can help you improve your grades because your mind is agile and attentive. But you have to remember that if you sign-up in an organization, you are expected to commit a time for them and be able to participate in their activities. Be aware of your priorities and manage your time wisely. You don’t want to overexert yourself and let your grades drop.
  • Lastly, a student organization can be ways to have a fun experience. For some of the students, organizations in college are only a good way to build credential in their resume or another obligation that they need to handle. In addition, it can be a way to socialize with other students. With the activities and programs, you will be able to meet people and establish more friendships.

Do not think that it will be just another obligation that will require so much of your time or some way for other students to influence new students about their political views and opinions. Do not just join an organization so that you will have a great resume to present in the future. You should use this opportunity to learn more skills, be active in the college community, and be able to socialize with other students. Regardless of what kind of organization that you decide to join, use every opportunity as an advantage to grow and learn more.

Easy Recipes to Prepare For College Students

Some high school students were lucky enough to have their parents making meals for them. When they arrive from school, they go straight to their room to rest a bit then start with their school works. After a while, their mom will knock on the door and have a snack prepared for them. This kind of gesture is really helpful from the stress and pressure that they experience due to school works and other extracurricular activities. Meal times are also part of family bonding. After a long day, the dinner table is where families share their daily experiences and exchange ideas. This kind of moments is what most freshmen students really missed the most, especially the healthy food that they are able to eat.

Most college students start off their semester by making ‘real’ and eating healthy meals for themselves. But due to school work piling up with classes and study sessions, extracurricular activities that they need to commit, and they might also have part-time jobs; eating a healthy food or let alone just eat can be forgotten by most students. College students are very busy, stressed, and sometimes broke that they have to choose fast foods, canned goods, easy-to-cook meals, or take-outs. They opt to buy food that they can easily eat anytime and anywhere, without any regards to its nutritional content. Students just wanted to make sure that they are able to eat. For a student like you, the word ‘cooking’ for your meal may give you a negative reaction. The first thing that will come to your mind is that it is time-consuming and expensive. But if you think about it, cooking can be a way to take a break from your activities and let your mind relax for a bit. In addition, it will be beneficial to your body because you will be able to eat healthy food that will keep yourself nourished and full of energy to make it through your day as a college student.

Here are some of the easy, filling, totally tasty, and healthy dishes that can be added to a college student’s weekly meal plan.

  • Yogurt and Granola bar: This two can be easily purchased in the grocery store. But to make this breakfast meal healthier, you can add some berries and bananas. This meal contains lots of vitamins and minerals that are good for your body.
  • Chicken Pasta: All you need to have is chicken breast, noodles, and a sauce. The sauce can be purchased in the market, but you can choose to make your own. All you have to do is cook the noodles with hot water, then boil the chicken, and blend together with the sauce. You can choose to include spinach or other vegetables. This is ideal for a lunch meal, and if you made a bit more then you can simply put it in the fridge. You can microwave it then serve for dinner.
  • Omelet: This is a famous meal, especially for breakfast because it is so easy and fast to make. Another plus is because omelet is considered as a healthy meal. You can cook a plain omelet, but it is better if you add some vegetables that you like. To finish, add some fruit or a slice of toast to the side. Viola! You have a quick and healthy meal to eat.
  • Chicken or Veggie Quesadilla: This is prepared just like a grilled cheese sandwich except for its ingredients. You just have to put to heat the flour tortilla flipped and sprinkle with grated melting cheese. After the cheese melts, add the cooked chicken, peppers, onion, or other vegetables that you prefer.
  • Spinach Feta Grilled Cheese: Grilled cheese is not a healthy food but everyone loves it. Good thing that you can make the dish to be a healthy one. You just have to add some frozen spinach, a bit of garlic, red pepper flakes, and feta.
  • Dragon Noodles: Want some Chinese take-outs? No need to order because you can easily do your own dish. You can do this in just 30 minutes, the same time that you have to wait for your order but sometimes it takes longer. All you need is the pasta, a simple sauce that you can easily make (combination of brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha), butter, egg, red pepper, cilantro, and green onion.

These recipes are only a simple suggestion so that you can have a healthy meal. You can also try doing your own recipe, where you can use some leftover from your previous meals and common ingredients that can be found in the kitchen. You can also try to turn every dish into a healthy one.

College can be very stressful for every student but this is not a valid excuse to neglect your own health. It is really important to monitor your eating habits and meals. Remember that you cannot do your task if you don’t have the right amount of energy, especially if you are sick. You also need to take a break once in a while. Make cooking a fun and relaxing activity, while being able to achieve a healthy diet.

 

 

Different College Degree Options to Choose From

Going to college is very expensive. You have to think about the tuition and fees, board and lodging, school supplies and projects, personal expenses, transportation, and other things that you have to pay for. It is important that as a student, you are dedicated to finishing your studies and will be able to attain the career that you really wanted. Before you start looking for colleges, you have to know about the different college degrees. This will definitely help you in devising your academic plan and determine how much money you will need to earn a degree in your chosen field of career.

There are four types of college degrees, which includes associate’s degree; bachelor’s degree; master’s degree; and a doctor of philosophy. These degrees vary on educational programs and curricula. Each of these types of degrees has its own set of significant roles in career advancement, intellectual fulfillment, and personal satisfaction for different people. Note that the degree you will choose is mainly based on the type of career that you wanted to pursue. Therefore, students should carefully think about the degree that they will take in college.

Undergraduate Degrees

There are two types of degrees in this category: the associate and the bachelor degree. The average amount of time to earn an associate degree is only two years, while four years for a bachelor degree. The credits that you earned from an associate degree can be applied and become a bachelor’s degree. But you do not have to take an associate degree, before taking a bachelor’s degree program. You can directly enter a bachelor’s degree program.

Associate Degree

Associate degree programs are usually offered at vocational schools, community or junior colleges, and trade and professional schools. If you are seeking for a general education or a more direct professional training or credentials, then this degree is the right option for you. For a general education, you can choose between Associate of Arts and Associate of Science. It ranges from liberal arts, music, history, biology or chemistry; that can be transferred to a four-year bachelor degree course. For a direct professional training, you can apply for Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Engineering, Associate’s Degree in Nursing, and other exact labels for professional associate’s degrees.

Bachelor Degree

The degree programs offered can be finished for four to five years, usually in college and universities, ranging from large public institutions to small private colleges. The two most common types are Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.). B.A. programs are usually for humanities and social sciences degrees, while B.S. is for applied sciences and research programs. The most common fields for bachelor’s degree are business, social studies, health sciences, and education.

Graduate Degrees

After completing your bachelor’s degree program, you are now considered as a college graduate. But if you wanted to have more access in a professional job, then you should consider getting a graduate degree. In this program, you will be able to gain an advanced professional training in a very specific subject. The degrees offered are more complex than the undergraduate, which are divided into three parts: master’s degree, doctoral degree, and professional degree.

Master’s Degree

Master’s degree means that you will go above and beyond the normal level of academic achievement because you are going to study a specific specialization. After getting your bachelor’s degree, you can choose to continue your education and pursue a master’s degree. This is a post-graduate study that consists of one to two years. There are two academic programs, which is Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS).

Doctorate Degree

Some people who earned their master’s degree are continuing it to pursue a doctorate degree. The most common type of this degree is the academic Doctor of Philosophy or Ph.D., which is primarily oriented towards training for research, writing and teaching at an advanced level. But nowadays, different programs for different fields are now available. There are now doctorate degrees for health professions, clinical sciences, education, engineering, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology, and physical sciences.

Professional Degree

These degrees are technically considered to be a part of doctorate degrees. But they are better understood, and most commonly known to be different than a doctorate degree. These professional degrees are involved with medicine, education, or law.

With the different types of degrees presented in this article, students should be able to devise a better college and career plan for their future. It will be easier to decide which degree to take, and then their choice of college can be narrowed down based on the degrees that they are offering. Early decision and preparation will greatly help the students to evaluate the success of their plan for the future, and more importantly, will avoid wasting time and resources because they are uncertain of their decision in life.

De-stressing Tips for College Students

Sometimes, college can be a really stressful environment for every student. There will come a time when you think that there is so much thing that you need to do that 24 hours is insufficient for a day. You will wish that you have the power to stop time so that you can rest or just basically breathe for just a minute or two. But you know that these things are impossible. You may just want to cry, hate anything that is around you, and just simply quit about everything. But you still know in yourself that you can’t simply do that and throw a tantrum or crying won’t do anything good for you that will lessen your workload. The more you think about the things that stress you, the more you’ll feel worse.

There are several things that make a college student’s life to be very stressful: being away from home, families, and friends; having new school schedule to follow; interacting with new people; loads of school works and activities; joining and participating in student organizations; having a job or internship; budgeting their allowance; the pressure to get and maintain high grades; eating right; with all of these activities while trying to get enough sleep. With all of these things going on in every student’s life, it is not surprising that you will experience so much stress. It is important to remember that all of these stressful experiences are just part of dealing with your daily life. As you experience these difficult situations, there will also things that you will acquire and learn which can be proven useful in the future. You may learn how to organize your tasks and manage your time properly. You may also learn how to effectively multitask. Here are some tips that will definitely help you to de-stress and relax so that you can focus on what you need to do.

  • Get enough sleep

This is one of the most important things that you need to do because, without enough energy, you won’t be able to do your tasks. Ideally, you should have 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Taking a nap during the day can also help you to be more alert and focus.

  • Eat healthy food

Eating too much junk food is not only harmful to your body but to your mind as well. Stress-eating or comfort food is fine as long as you don’t do it often. But if you are experiencing too much stress, you have to feed yourself with healthy food that will improve your memory and focus. You should eat fish, blueberries, walnuts, and almonds. Drinking green tea can also help you relax. You should also eat away from your computer or workplace so that you can enjoy your food.

  • Drink plenty of water

Water hydrates you and helps you to function properly making you more efficient. It flushes out toxins in your body and makes you less lethargic. The water makes your blood circulate more making your body de-stress.

  • Do yoga or meditate

Yoga can definitely help you reduce stress. Proper stretching and breathing can promote relaxation, relieve tension, and help you calm. Meditating can help you clear your mind, making you mentally relaxed.

  • Do simple stretching

Stress makes your body tenser, that’s why you feel certain body parts especially your shoulder. You can do simple stretching wherever you are, like in a library or your room, for a few minutes. Simple stretching can improve your mood and will relax your body.

  • Go for a short walk

You may think that you have to stay in your position and continue what you are doing, that you cannot leave your place until you are done. But this is a wrong way to do your task. Taking a small break and going for a walk will definitely help you to clear your mind. Walking also boost endorphins, the hormones that help reduce stress in your body. Consider walking to a quiet place like in a park or other green space. A quiet environment will put your body into a state of meditation.

  • Keep a diary or maintain a blog

When you feel that there is so much thing going on in your life, you just wanted to scream what you are feeling. But there are times that you feel that there is no one who you can talk to. Or you are just shy to open up your feelings to other. Writing your feelings down can help you have a bit of self-reflection. It might help you figure out the cause of your stress and be able to find a way and solve it.

  • Breathe deeply

This is the simplest way to help you relax. The extra boost of oxygen can help reduce tension and relieve stress. With only a few minutes, it will help in your mental health.

We don’t really have a choice when it comes to getting stressed, but with these simple activities, your body will be able to handle the stressful situations that college may bring to you. You will have a more relaxed body and a peaceful mind to work on your ‘To Do List’. So get on with your tasks and survive college. Just simply breathe and don’t forget to smile.

Choosing College: How You Can Help Your Child

Parents want what’s best for their children. We always think about how we are going to lead them to the right choices in life so that they will have the best future. One of the most important decisions that we have to help them is about their college life because we know that it will have a large impact on their future. Therefore, college preparation should be a top priority.

In terms of preparing our child for college, it is important to remember that you should not control their plans and decisions for the future. We are afraid that there will be lots of challenges in their lives that they will have to face because we’ve been in their situation. But in order for them to grow as a person, you have to let them control their own life. Let them explore their choices, and if ever they fail or choose the wrong decision, the most important thing for you to do as a parent is to lend them a helping hand when they need it. If you think that they are having a dilemma, let them feel that you will support and guide them whenever they need your advice.

College Finances

Before your child begins college application, it is important that you and your child talk about your family’s financial situation. Make sure that s/he understands your capability to contribute to their college expenses. But this doesn’t mean that they can’t apply to the school that they wanted. Encourage them to apply for scholarships and grants.

  • Be honest

Talk about your expectations from them and the difficulties that they may face during the application process. You can tell them about your own experiences to let them know that you fully understand their situation. Let them feel your support.

  • Scholarship, grants, and financial aids

If you were not able to have a college plan for your children, the other option is to help them apply for scholarships and grants. You can research which program can accommodate your children’s application. FAFSA is also important and should be applied immediately. The earlier you apply the more chances that your children will be accepted in the program.

College Research

Your children may want to search and apply for their college independently, but it is still important that you know what they are going through. There will be changes in college applications since you’ve graduated, thus it is important that you also make your own research about the whole college application. Do research about your children’s choices of colleges.

  • Check the college application processes.

From the time that you have graduated, there are several things that changed regarding the process for applying.

  • List the essential requirements.

Since your children will be busy with their school works, extracurricular activities, and the whole college application you have to be there to remind them of several things. Therefore, you should also be aware of the essential documents that they need to prepare and submit. There are also documents that a parent like you should be the one to file.

  • Note the college admission offices’ numbers.

You should also try and coordinate with admission officers. In behalf of your children, inquire about campus visits and information sessions.

  • Take down important dates for the submission of requirements.

Meeting deadlines is a crucial part of the college application. You can use a large calendar that you can put in your kitchen or living room so both you and your children will be reminded of these important dates. Don’t let your children miss an important chance of their future.

Standardized Tests

  • Talk to your children’s guidance counselor

Know your children’s class ranking and current standings in each of their subjects. Therefore, you will know if they need assistance in their academic performance. You can also ask them about the requirements for admissions.

  • Prep courses and prep books

If you think that your children still need support based on their academic performance, enrolling them in prep courses for standardized tests like SAT and ACT may help them significantly. Another alternative is buying prep books, where they can practice the tests.

  • Test day preparation

This is a very stressful day for your children and the thing that you can do is support them. Making a snack during their study time can help them. Before the test, prepare a healthy snack that will boost their energy. And after they take the test, you can reward them by simply going out to the mall or eating in restaurants. Let them relax after a stressful day.

Choosing the right college can be very stressful for your children. It is important that you are there to support them. You should also start reading up about colleges so you can answer any of their questions. It can also be a precious bonding experience for your family. It will lessen the stress that they will feel, and will be more fun and enjoyable experience.

Campus Visit Checklist: Things to Look For and Questions to Ask

One of the biggest decisions in our life that we need to make is choosing a college. You have to make the best choice because it will have a major impact on your life for the years to come. Thus, it is really important that students do a comprehensive research about their preferred colleges. With the help of the internet, it is easy to find answers to your questions about college. You will be able to know about the colleges’ history, the major and careers that they offer, the student council and the organizations, the major events that they held and academic schedules. There are also blogs from college students where they share their experiences. High school students will have a general knowledge of what these colleges can offer but read this information and stories from college students is not enough. It will be better if students will be able to experience how their day will turn out on a campus.

The ideal way to get a sense of life at a college is through campus visits. Students have to make sure that they will allocate a significant time and maximize each visit to explore each college. Preparation is very important. You have to make sure that you will have all of the necessary information that you need and be able to prepare the right questions that you wanted to ask. A campus visit will definitely help students to narrow down their choices and be more confident about the college that they will choose. Below is a checklist that can help you evaluate your options.

Before Campus Visit

  • Gather information: If there are several colleges that you wanted to check, you may want to keep a folder for each school. These folders will contain view books or brochures and other information about the college, such as the requirements that you need to submit and college classes and the majors that they offer. You should also check the campus’ website: read information about the school and blogs about it; check the career center; read the student newspaper and other publications; scan the bulletin board and see what students are posting. From this information, you can formulate the questions that you wanted to ask. List it in a notebook and bring it during your visit.
  • Call the college admission’s office and make arrangements: The admission office provides important information, especially to potential students. They are the one who you need to coordinate if you wanted to visit their campus. Ask them about their college tour and information sessions. In some colleges, they encourage the students to attend a class; meet a professor, admission officer, financial aid officer; eat in the dining hall, and stay overnight in a dorm to fully experience college life. You should ask about the admission office about it and carefully plan your schedule. Remember to take down the names and phone numbers of the person that will be assigned to assist you during your visit.

During Campus Visit

  • Go to the admission office: Before the campus tour, an information session is being held first. This is where admission representative talks to you or your group about the college. You can ask your questions regarding the admission process and requirements.
  • Take a campus tour: Check the buildings, classrooms and campus facilities like the dining hall, library, career center, and bookstore. You can walk or drive around the community to check the surroundings of the campus. While on the tour, you can ask the college representative about your prepared questions.
  • Attend a class and talk to a professor: In some colleges, you can sit in on a class and meet some of the professors. You can ask them about your preferred classes and the majors that they offer.
  • Talk with a financial aid officer: Pick up a financial aid form and inquire about its requirements, processes, and deadline for submission. Ask the officer about your options.
  • Talk to the students: Ask them about their life on campus and what they think about their classes and professors.
  • Stay overnight, if possible: Check out their freshmen dorm and its facilities, and know about their rules and regulations.
  • Take important notes: Jot down all of the answers to your question, especially about the college admission and financial aid options. It is also important to get the names of the people that you will meet on the campus and their business cards so you can contact them if you still have other questions.

After Campus Visit

  • Make notes about your campus visit: Write down your impression about the whole experience: the ‘feel’ of the campus; your interaction with the students, professor, admission officer, financial aid officer, and fellow high school student during the tour; and the aspects of the college that fascinated you. You should also write about some of your possible concerns like admission process and requirements.
  • Send thank-you notes or follow-up letters and forms: Thank the admission office and the people who helped you during your campus visits to let them know that you appreciate their time and effort.

With these campus visits, students will be able to experience how their first day in college will turn out. Most importantly, they will be able to evaluate if the college can offer what they need. So for high school students out there, start organizing your schedule and plan your campus visits.

Best Summer Jobs for College Students

College can be very stressful that you just wanted the semester to end so that you can relax and enjoy. And the favorite break that almost every student wanted is during the summer. This is the best time to have fun, attending beach parties, going for a long road trip, simply hanging out with your friends, or go camping and have an outdoor experience to be completely at peace with nature. Everybody deserves a break for themselves, but there are several ways for a college student to have fun, but also learn new skills and earn money at the same time. Isn’t that much better?

Having a summer job or applying for an internship is definitely beneficial for every college student. It will not only be a good credential for your resume, but you will also learn new sets of skills that can be proven useful in the future, and be able to have money of your own. Some students may think that it is a tedious way to spend summer breaks and a total killjoy, that it should be spent with loads of parties and having the time of their lives. It is important to note that college is one step of becoming an adult. It is the phase where you should try learning as much as possible before facing the real world. But it doesn’t have to be always about being too serious about life; you should also enjoy and savor every moment of it. Remember that you can seriously prepare for the future while having so much fun.

Freelance Writer

This job is definitely the best one because of several things about it. First, you can do it online. You don’t have to wake up early, shower, get dressed, and go to work. With this job, you can work in the comfort of your own home or apartment while wearing your pajamas. Second, the schedule is flexible. Some employers may require you to work during office hours with time software to check your attendance. But most employers just simply require for you to finish the job and meet their set deadlines. With the flexibility in the schedule, you can surely still have some time to take a break and have fun activities for the summer. Third, you can negotiate your rate. If you are confident that your skills with writing and researching are great, and you have a portfolio to prove it to potential clients or employer then you can surely request for a higher pay. Fourth, there is still a lot to learn. If you think that you have an average skill with writing, then you can definitely improve it with this job. College classes require lots of school works that involves research and writing. It will not just improve your skills, but also your academic performance. Fifth, you can choose to write for topics or company that is related to your degree. This is another way to ‘study’ and learn more about your chosen career, and earn money at the same time.

Server

Most of you will think that this is a hard job and the pay is not that great. This is true, but the most important thing about this job is about learning several skills and adopting attitudes that will be very useful in the future. Serving in restaurants or fast food chains deals with customer service, due to this you will be able to improve most of your social skills especially your patience in handling clients. If you are a shy person, this can be a good way to develop your communication skills with other people. You will have to learn how to interact with your clients. When dealing with difficult customers, it will definitely test your patience and learn how to act gracefully even under pressure. It can also improve your memory skills and remember the things about your customers. And if you are working for a fine establishment, you may be able to expand your connection and meet important people. Remember that networking can be very useful in the future.

Internship

Nowadays it is hard to get an internship with pay. But who cares when you can expand your network and learn things that are going to useful in your future employment, right? Yes, you are expecting to get paid if you are going to work for a company. But if you really think about it, a number of skills and experience that you will get from them is more valuable. Note that there are several things that you will not learn inside the classroom but through real life experience. Most companies look for potential employees that do not only have a good academic standing but also those who are proven to be proactive and have skills that can be useful for the job. On the other hand, it is also important that you choose the right company to intern for. There are several employers who are abusing their unpaid interns. Before you accept an internship offer, make sure that you are going to have more advantage from it. And if you are confident enough with your skills and credentials, know your value and go for a paid internship.

Nanny

At first, you may think that you have to deal with unreasonable kids and their constant complaints and lots of wailing in the process. But if you think about it, this kind of summer job is ideal especially for those who are pursuing a degree to have a career in teaching, psychology, pediatrician, or nursing. This can be a great experience to know how you will be able to deal with children in your future career. You will be able to demonstrate good leadership and creativity. As an adult, you have to be a role model and teach them valuable lessons in life. This is also a good way to reminisce your childhood memories while doing your job. And if you are doing an excellent job of taking care of the children, you can definitely earn valuable connections with their parents and a good recommendation to other potential clients.

Entrepreneur

Can’t find the right job for you? Or you have a better idea and wanted to launch your own ‘company’? Students pursuing a degree in business can definitely have their own company and start it up on college break. You can definitely apply all of the things you learned in your classes. This might be a bit harder than simply applying to a company. But if you think that you have the resources and useful connections then go for it. There is nothing wrong with trying.

Being in college is not all about excelling in academics, but also learning social and technical skills. You should be able to balance your academic and social life. Note that you can still de-stress from college activities and have lots of fun while earning money and saving it up for the coming semesters all at the same time.

 

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