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How to Study and Succeed in College

Posted by Annette

Having strong study skills is extremely important for college success. In most college courses, your grades are usually based on midterms and final exams, so I recommend being as prepared as possible for those tests. Here are some of my study tips for incoming college students:

 

  1. Don’t cram: Don’t wait until the last hour before your exam to start studying. I suggest studying about a week before your exam for about 20-30 minutes at a time. This allows you to become more familiar with the material.
  2. Find a study buddy: I have found it very helpful when I study with fellow classmates. This could include working through a study guide together or quizzing each other with flashcards.
  3. Find an environment that works for you: I feel that I study the best when I am in a quiet setting, free from distractions. Try to find yourself an environment that allows you to be comfortable and stay focused!
  4. Don’t forget to sleep: I highly recommend being well rested before an exam day. Studying can be very exhausting and you want to be fully alert while taking your test. “All-nighters” are not fun for anyone!

 

I hope these tips help you stay focused and be prepared.


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Tour Your Future Campus

Posted by Kyle Barras

Congratulations on your college acceptances! As you continue to receive them, start signing up for campus tours. Attending campus tours is the perfect way to “seal the deal” and really decide which campus is the best fit for you while learning fun facts about the university and gaining more than enough information about your intended major.

 

While you are visiting the campus, try and meet with somebody in the department you want to study in. This may better enhance your understanding and awareness of programs offered to you during your next four years. They may also be able to introduce you to a few current students in your major, so that you can gain a student’s perspective of what the campus will be like.


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The Importance of the SAT

Posted by Mireille Garcia Serrato

Many colleges and universities look at your SAT scores. The Scholastic Assessment Test (formerly the Scholastic Aptitude Test) can be used on college applications to help universities determine your standing and competitiveness. The new SAT is now three hours long with an optional allotted time of 50 minutes for students who choose to write an essay. There are three components to the SAT:

  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
  2. Math
  3. Essay (optional)

 

Although your GPA is an important factor on your college applications, your standardized test scores are also a key component. Make sure to take the SAT prior to applying and send out your SAT scores on time. It is also important for you to study for this test so you can obtain a high score and stand out! You can find more information about the SAT including, test dates, registration, and access study materials on College Board.

 

Take advantage of the resources College Board has to offer and you will see that the time you invested was worth it!


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