Category: Course Planning

Which High School Classes Will Set You Up for Success in College? 

Friday, November 4, 2022

Girl going for lecture in college

If you already know what field you want to study in college, or even have a general idea of your preferred discipline, taking some high school classes that align with your future college curriculum can save a lot of time and energy. But how do you know which high school classes will set you up for success in college?

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Academic Advising 101: What Is Academic Advising?

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Most people understand what teachers, guidance counselors, and professors do. Yet, there is a lot of uncertainty about an adjacent educational career that is just as important: academic advisor.

Academic advisors generally work directly with students to help them make the most of their academic journeys and provide guidance throughout the process. Keep reading to learn more about the role an academic advisor plays and why students should take advantage of these services.

What is Academic Advising?

If you’ve ever wondered what academic advisors do, here’s a quick refresher: academic advisors guide students through an educational process that facilitates the advisee’s understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education. Academic advising fosters and encourages both intellectual and personal development and academic success. It also cultivates a passion for lifelong learning.

Why Consider Academic Advising?

There are many different reasons why students may wish to seek out academic advising services. One of the most common times for academic advising is during undergraduate or graduate studies. Academic advisors work with students to help them choose a major or field of study, ensure they’re on track to graduate on time, suggest relevant coursework and experiential

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What Are the Benefits of Studying Abroad and How to Get the Most Out of It?

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

education in londonFor many students across the country, studying abroad is an exciting part of their college, or even high school, experience. Whether it’s an entire semester stay in London or a two-month immersion program in China during the summer, students are eager to explore another country and culture while continuing their studies.

While studying abroad can be a one-of-a-kind learning experience, it is important for students to prioritize the academic component of their journey and avoid treating the trip like an extended vacation. Keep reading for some of our top tips to help you make the most of your study abroad experience.

How Studying Abroad Can Change Your Life

Studying abroad is an exciting opportunity to expand your horizons, immerse yourself in a foreign culture, and make new friends. While some students may be tempted to treat a study abroad program as a fun trip, it’s important to view the experience as a learning opportunity, instead of just a time to recharge.

Rather than picking a study abroad program based on where your friends are going, strive to research learning experiences that align with your academic and future professional goals. If you’re wondering

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Just Admit It: How Do College Admissions Officers Evaluate Transcripts?

Monday, July 19, 2021
Learn How College Admissions Officers Evaluate Transcripts

Your high school transcript is often considered the most important piece of information admissions officers have to evaluate. At the end of the day, college is an academic endeavor, so admissions officers are looking to understand how you perform in the classroom and the subjects that interest you.

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College-Bound Student’s Top Advice: Pay Attention To Course Rigor

Friday, July 20, 2018

parent and student creating a college prep planEvery High School Course Plays A Big Role In the Admissions Process

When planning for college, many students often overlook the impact that course selection – or course rigor – can have on their college admissions chances. It’s important for college-bound students, especially for rising seniors, to take the most challenging courses available to them and to do well in them.

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5 Tips for Choosing High School Classes

Thursday, August 25, 2016
tips_for_choosing_classes.jpgStudents Should Strike a Balance Between Challenging and Manageable

 

As students prepare to head back to school, many are examining their class schedule, gauging how difficult the next academic year will be and how they will achieve their grade goals. But it’s not just grades that colleges consider when evaluating applicants for admission. Colleges are also looking at the classes applicants are taking, how challenging they are, and how those courses align with students’ interests and academic goals.

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January College Planning Checklist

Thursday, January 2, 2014
January College Planning ChecklistWhat High School Students Need to Do This January to Prepare for College  

It’s a new year, a new semester, and the perfect time for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to get a head start, or keep up the momentum, on the college admissions process.  

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The Benefits of Summer Courses

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Summer ClassesSummer Classes: To Enroll or Not to Enroll, That is the Question

After the last papers are handed in and finals week is over, many students look forward to a summer of work, internships, and vacation. Others, however, choose to stick around campus and take summer courses.

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Unique College Majors

Friday, March 8, 2013

These schools offer students some of the country’s most interesting concentrations

Puppetry at UConnWhile many students opt for college majors like business, history, and biology, others decide to take a more unconventional path in school. Interdisciplinary studies allow students to combine a variety of interests into one major, but some schools decide to create distinct majors on their own. Colleges across the country offer a slew of unique majors for students with highly individualized interests, and the list grows every year.

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Major Spotlight: Sociology

Monday, February 18, 2013

IvyWise intern Sarah discusses majoring in sociology

Sociology majorWant to learn about how social structures and institutions create belief systems, resource distribution, and identity formation? What better way to prepare for the professional world than by knowing how it works and recognizing where it needs reforming! Learn how systems of operations work, and become more conscientious of the world around you in the process by majoring in sociology.

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Dartmouth Announces AP and IB Credit Changes

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

School reevaluates awarding college credit for high school courses

Some schools do not award credit for AP examsStudents take Advanced Placement (AP) courses throughout high school, in a variety of subjects, for many different reasons. AP courses can positively weight a student’s GPA, are challenging and are viewed favorably by college admissions counselors on transcripts, and they offer a student with a particular academic curiosity more knowledge and work in that interest. Additionally, most colleges award students who have earned a particular score on the AP exam, usually a 4 or 5,  college credit or exemption from core requirements. Gaining credit before enrolling in college courses can lighten students’ workloads, give them the option of graduating early, and may save them money on tuition.

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Wacky College Courses

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wacky College Courses Star TrekWho Said Learning Can’t Be Fun? Interesting and Odd College Classes

Did you know that at some schools you can take a classes on Harry Potter, how to watch the TV show The Wire, and even one on Lady GaGa’s (actual) fame? Many colleges these days are offering interesting course selections that take pop culture and familiar icons and use them as tie-ins to deeper, more intellectual ideas and lessons. 

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Course Planning for High School Students

Friday, April 20, 2012
Course PlanningCourse Planning for High School Students

Now that spring is in full swing, many high school students are looking forward to their summer plans (and some time away from school!). While September and the start of another school year may seem far away, most high schools require students to choose their courses for the fall before the end of the school year. Nya Marie, a high school junior from Chicago, recently blogged about choosing her senior year courses for the Huffington Post. Like Nya, many students struggle to balance the courses they want or need to take with what colleges “want” to see. Because there is nothing more important to an admissions committee than your performance in the classroom, the  expert counselors at IvyWise offer the following tips for choosing your courses:

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