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Just bumming around at the beach or have no plans this summer break? Summer is a great time to start preparing for the SATs! There are many test prep books out there to study from- just set aside a few hours a day to this task and by the end of summer, you’ll have gained more than just a tan. For those who need a bit more guidance or don’t have the discipline to study on their own, many SAT prep courses are offered in the summer and may provide students with the structure they need to study effectively. (I took an SAT prep class during the summer before my junior year of high school and was able to raise my critical reading and math scores a combined 300 points!)
Regardless of how you prefer to study, building vocabulary is an essential part of preparing for the SAT. Flashcards are a tried and true way of gaining a larger vocabulary, and the website Quizlet offers many sets of free online flashcards geared towards SAT prep, among many other offerings. A great set of flashcards on Quizlet feature the 100 Most Common SAT Vocabulary Words. (Which you can also print out and study on the go!) But if straight memorization isn’t the way you learn best, there are more resources available out there nowadays beyond the old school flashcards. SAT vocabulary novels integrate frequently tested SAT words into captivating storylines that almost makes you forget that the purpose of these novels are to build your vocabulary. Barnes and Nobles and Amazon.com offer a selection of these books, but Sparknotes has the most popular set of SAT Vocabulary novels which they publish, but also have available for free on their website. Even though classes aren’t in session during the summer, it can be a productive time for high school students to get a head start on studying for the SATs.
Many people say that the SAT just test how well you take exams and the information you study will be of no use once you’re done with the exam. But this is definitely untrue for the vocabulary portion of the SAT. Having an extensive vocabulary will be extremely beneficial in the long run as well and especially in college where vocabulary builds on itself.
Whether you’re in high school or college, building experience through a summer internship can give you the competitive edge you need when applying for college, graduate school or a future employer. It’s never too early to start preparing for next summer, so read on for rock-solid tips on securing a stellar internship that will give your résumé a boost!
As I look around at my students – and I mean every student I have seen in the last week or so – I detect a notable loss in sparkle, a dwindling concern about grades, and a mounting anticipation of summer’s lazy haze. The problem is, you haven’t sealed the deal yet. You have just a few short weeks to go, and the way you choose to tackle these last few days of academic tug-of-war can make a meaningful impact on your future choices.
Here’s the deal: Colleges are looking for students with an unusual set of experiences. Admissions committees want to see a diverse resume, with community service hours, academic achievements, and extracurricular activities. Therefore, summers should be used productively.
In the next few weeks, we’ll give you lots of ideas on how to make the most of your summer. And don’t worry, although you might be thinking that volunteering, working and studying isn’t exactly your idea of summer fun, it doesn’t have to be miserable. Jump into activities that you enjoy and we guarantee you’ll have a blast!
We’ve done some Googling and brainstorming, and have come up with our list of summer programs in Texas and out-of-state that we find interesting. This list is by no means exhaustive, so we encourage you to get out there and do your own Google exploring! [hint: google “summer program high school” + any college you can think of] Also, please note that some applications deadlines are approaching quickly.
Many seniors applying to schools across America will be introduced to a singular phenomenon in the world of college admissions: the waiting list.
Waiting lists, usually utilized by top-tier private universities, are exactly what they sound like. They are lists of applicants who meet the university’s academic criteria for admission, but, because all available spots have been filled, cannot be immediately accepted.
Spots are then offered to wait-listed students only if space becomes available. When this happens, the chosen applicant will have to decide very quickly whether or not to accept the position, lest it be offered to someone else.
Unlike a job interview, the college admissions interview is not a pass or fail experience. It is more like the first opportunity, in a line of many, to establish your personal relationship with your school of choice.
While you should not worry too much, it is important to note that your interview will serve as your first impression. Staying calm and being prepared are the best things you an do to assure that your interveiw goes as well as possible.
The first step in preparation is organization. Make sure you have with you all of the paperwork, such as resumes or other personal documents, that you may want to share with your interviewer. Bring a notebook and something to write with; notetaking can be a great way of showing sincere interest.
Three words: Gorgeous, cool, forward-thinking.
The first sight of the University of San Diego makes you suck in your breath and go, “Wow.” Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, this may be the most beautiful school in America, in our opinion. You could practically be on the Costa del Sol in Spain, surrounded by gleaming, white-washed stucco and red clay tile. It’s a little hard to believe that this is actually a campus. Seriously, who eats lunch with this view?
Well, the school-year is almost over, and students in high schools all across America are wondering if there is anything left to be done. You have been working hard, and your academic credentials are mighty shiny, but is there anything on your application that separates you from the other hard-working applicants?
Summer can be a great time to build up the more personal aspects of your college applications. Beyond stellar test scores, sometimes what makes the difference between you and another high-scoring, college-bound senior, is what you choose to do outside of the classroom. Use this summer as a chance to show admissions boards that you are not just an excellent student, but a well-rounded individual as well.
Look out, applicants!
Colleges all across America are getting out their red markers, bent on making some drastic curricular changes. With a growing demand to make higher education more competitive in the fields of mathematics and science, certain areas of the liberal arts, including philosophy, humanities, and yes, even some English concentrations, are feeling the repercussions.
Progressive programs aim to make college specializations more modern and applicable and less grounded in ancient wisdom. When reviewing potential institutions, students need to look closely at what is currently offered, what is being phased out, and what is no longer available. While it makes perfect sense for colleges to change their curriculum to match growing demands, it is also very important for college-bound seniors to be aware of these shifts.