IntroductionCollege is a big step. It requires a lot of hard work and preparation, but it’s worth it! Here are some tips that will help you get ready for college:
Find a college that’s right for youOnce you’ve done your research, it’s time to start narrowing down your choices. The first thing to do is determine what kind of college experience you want. Do you want a large school with lots of student life activities and extracurriculars? Or would a smaller college with fewer distractions be more appealing? The next step is looking at each school’s academic programs and reputation. You may also want to consider checking out the location and size of each school–some students prefer big cities while others prefer rural areas–and how prestigious its name is in relation to other institutions (which can affect job prospects after graduation).
Make sure you’re on the right track academicallyIf you are planning on going to college, then it is important to make sure that you are on the right track academically. You should make sure that:
- You’re graduating with a good GPA (3.0 or higher)
- You will meet all of the requirements for your degree program
- Any scholarships or grants that apply to your major and/or career choice
Set up your own personal tutoring program
- Find a tutor. There are many ways to find a tutor, but the best way is through word-of-mouth. Ask your friends who they use and if they think it’s worth it. Also, ask your parents if they know any teachers or professors who would be willing to help out with this kind of thing. You can also check out sites like Craigslist or Thumbtack for more options.*
- Make sure that whoever you hire knows what they’re doing! If you have chemistry homework due tomorrow morning and need someone who knows their stuff in order for them not just say “oh yeah my friend does this stuff too” then make sure before hiring them that they actually know how much time goes into studying for something like this so as not waste money on something useless.* Set up weekly meetings between yourself and whoever will be helping with schoolwork.* Be honest about what exactly needs improving–if there isn’t anything wrong with my writing style then why would I want someone else editing my essays?
Establish strong relationships with teachers, counselors and administrators at your high schoolYour high school years are the time to build relationships with teachers, counselors and administrators. These relationships will help you throughout your college career and beyond.
- Build a strong rapport with your teachers. Teachers can be a great resource for learning about colleges, especially if they know the area well or have connections within the local community. They may also be able to provide you with advice on how to prepare for certain parts of the application process (such as writing essays).
- Develop positive relationships with your counselors at school or online through sites like CollegeBoard’s Naviance program (formerly known as Compass). Your counselor will be familiar with all aspects of applying for college–from financial aid forms to choosing which schools are right for you–and should be able to offer guidance throughout this process as well!