Academics

Five Time Management Tips for High Schoolers

No Comments 17 October 2017

Time management is a vital skill to have in college, so start early. Here are five tips for high schoolers.

  1. Create to-do lists. Write a new list at the beginning of every day outlining what you nee to do. Include everything – school, chores, errands and extracurriculars. Check off a task when it has been completed. Don’t worry if you do not complete everything on your list, because tomorrow is a new day.
  2. Don’t waste time. Pack your bag the night before and lay out the next day’s outfit. Decide what subjects you plan on studying the night before. Don’t procrastinate in any aspect of your life.
  3. Live by a calendar. Keep yourself organized by using a calendar. It can be a physical calendar, your calendar on your phone or a personal planner. Write all tests, assignments, rehearsals/practices, work shifts and volunteer hours in your planner. This will help to maximize your time and avoid any scheduling conflicts.
  4. Bring extra work with you. You should utilize unexpected free time. If you finish a test early, use the remaining time to catch up in another class. Bring more than enough work to study hall so you have something to do.
  5. Know your limits. It is important to recognize when you need a break. If you feel tired or burnt out, take a walk, Netflix break or call it a night. You will not absorb material unless you feel refreshed and energized.

Academics

Study Tips for Freshman Year of College

No Comments 09 October 2017

You might have nailed down a study routine that worked for you in high school, but college is a different game. Here are some study tips for freshman year.

Make a study calendar. Your professors will give you a syllabus that outlines the semester. Write down every exam date and assignment deadline. This will help you to stay on track.

Location matters. In high school, you probably studied at home or at a local library. Your college will be full of different locations to study at, but it is key that you find the location tat works best for you. If you like silence while you study, the quiet section of the library might be best for you. If you like a little noise, grab a table at your campus coffee shop. Try a few of these locations and see what works best for you.

Time management. Time management is important in high school but even more important in college. As a college student, you will balance class, extracurricular organizations and potentially a job and/or internship. You need to carve time out of your busy schedule for studying so you can succeed in your classes and enjoy your free time as well.

Rewrite your notes. As a freshman, the majority of your classes will consist of reading assignments, followed by your professor lecturing on that material. It is vital that you take good notes during class. A great way to make these notes really stick is to either rewrite or re-type them when you are studying later that night.

Organize a study group. A great thing about college is that you will not be in classes for a large chunk of the day. Find some classmates with similar schedules and create study groups. You can combine notes and have an all-encompassing study guide.

Academics

The Difference Between AP and Honors Courses

No Comments 26 September 2017

Taking challenging classes is a great way to show colleges you are serious about your academics, but it’s important to understand the differences between the courses offered. Here are the differences between AP and Honors courses.

An honors class typically covers the same curriculum as the regular version of that course. It’s just tweaked and aimed at higher achieving students. If you took honors biology, you’d cover the same topics as regular biology but would dive deeper into the material.

AP classes, however, are more challenging than honors classes. These courses cover information, teach skills and give assignments that correspond to college classes. High school students taking AP courses will be held to the same standard as college students. These classes help students to get a preview of college life.

Taking an AP class allows students the opportunity to receive college credit. There is a catch though – you must take an AP exam and score at least a 3 out of 5. Some colleges might require you to score a 4 on the test. If you end up going this route, confirm which score the colleges you are interested in will take.

Do not take AP courses just for the sake of it. Carefully consider if a heavy academic load would be right for you. Talk with your guidance counselor to see if he or she recommends a course for you. If not, honors courses are a reasonable option.

Academics

What to Expect Junior Year of High School

No Comments 02 August 2017

Junior year is regarded as the most difficult year of high school. Here’s what you can expect to come your way as a junior.

You will take the ACT or SAT. This is what your freshman and sophomore year classes have been leading up to. You likely took the PSAT or Pre-ACT last year, so you know what to expect. Your first opportunity to take one of these tests won’t come until later in the year, so your teachers will spend plenty of time helping you prepare. But don’t worry too much because you will have multiple opportunities to take the ACT or SAT.

Your classes will get harder. You are an upperclassman in high school. Your teachers are trying to prepare you for college, which means the subject matter and studying for those classes will become more difficult. It’s time to develop some serious time management and studying skills. These skills will help you to succeed in college.

Your college search will get more serious. You will begin to apply for colleges next year. Now is the time to decide what you like. Start narrowing colleges and add them to your college list on your College Greenlight profile. Make sure to have good variety of colleges on your list. This year is the time to start visiting those colleges. Spring break or any other long weekend would be the perfect time the college search process.

This year will be heavily focused on college and academics. It will feel more serious than your underclassman years of high school. But don’t forget to have fun in between the studying. High school is now halfway over and you have some fun events, such as your first prom, to look forward to this year.

Academics

What to Expect Sophomore Year of High School

No Comments 26 July 2017

You’ve made it through your freshman year. The anxieties and uncertainties of being at a new school are gone. What’s next on your to-do list? Tackling sophomore year, of course. Here’s what you can expect for the upcoming school year.

You know the lay of the land. You have your friends, you know plenty of teachers and you know how long it takes to get from one place to another. You now can spend time diving deeper into after-school activities, studying and getting to know the friends you made last year. Maybe you can even impart some wisdom onto the incoming freshmen.

You will hear more about the PSAT/Pre-ACT. Junior year of high school often is considered the most important of all four years. Part of that reason is that is the year you will take either the SAT or ACT. Sophomore year will include some preparation leading up to that. The PSAT or Pre-ACT is a standardized test you likely will take some point soon. It will give you a good gauge to see where you stand before junior year. Read up on the PSAT.

You will have a study style, but classes will get harder. The difference between eighth grade and freshman year of high school was likely a wakeup call. You adapted and learned how to succeed. Sophomore year teaches you that high school will continue to get harder. You might have to adjust your study style again this year. Take a look at these study tips that will help you excel.

College is not that far away. A lot of your focus freshman year might have been learning the ropes in high school. Now it is time to learn how to begin your journey to college. You don’t need to find your dream school this year, but if you start to browse colleges now, you will thank yourself later. College Greenlight can help to ease you into the college application process. Think about what it important to you in a college and add it to your College List within your College Greenlight profile. You can add and remove schools and apply through College Greenlight when the time comes.


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