While many families are aware that the college application process is comprehensive and multi-faceted, far fewer anticipate a similar process for K-12 or primary and secondary school admissions. Although there are significant differences, many younger students will still need to complete testing, interview, and submit an application for middle and high school.
After months of putting in hard work, many students have a tendency to go on auto pilot during the second semester – especially if it is their last semester of high school. While it may feel tempting to slack off, it’s important for every student to finish their academic year on a high note.
With the New Year right around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect on your academic progress and set goals for 2020. Whether you’re prioritizing test preparation or hoping to boost your grades, every student can benefit from setting resolutions that relate to their academic journey.
Much like New Year’s resolutions in January, it can be helpful for students to create their own set of college goals in advance of the new school year. Coming in with a list of defined objectives can help you stay focused and committed to taking the steps needed in order to achieve your big-picture dreams.
When it comes to studying and academic tutoring, there are often two types of students: proactive and reactive learners. For Harry Potter enthusiasts, these students’ study habits will sound quite familiar: proactive learners are the Hermione Grangers of the classroom, while reactive students are more similar to Ron Weasley. Hermiones are students who take proactive measures to get ahead on their studies while Rons often wait until they perform poorly on the first few assignments to seek out help.
Similar to the college application process, grades are one of the most important factors in admissions decisions for medical school. In fact, the Association of American Medical Colleges rates GPA as one of the most important academic metrics according to a survey of admissions officers.
Whether it is squeezing in more physical activity or implementing better study habits, setting goals for the New Year is a common practice. Unfortunately, straying from these resolutions is almost as prevalent—according to US News and World Report, 80% of goal setters drop their resolution by the second week of February. So how can high school students stick to their college prep resolutions?
By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager
How can students learn better, and how can those skills translate into college and post-graduate success? The concept of Growth Mindset, from the research of Carol Dweck, has taken education world by storm and greatly impacted the way educational professionals view student instruction. Recently, Khan Academy hosted LearnStorm – Growth Mindset Livestream, and the team here at IvyWise has a breakdown of exactly what Growth Mindset is and how it’s beneficial when preparing for, and once students are in, college.
It’s a common practice to set goals at the start of a new calendar year, but for students it can also be beneficial to come up with some resolutions for the new school year. By setting clear goals and expectations for the next school year, students can get ahead and prepare for the college admissions process.
According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies are planning to hire 9.6% more college graduates from the class of 2015 than they did from last year’s graduating class. The most in-demand degrees: engineering, business, and computer science. What does this mean for current high school students? Even with rising college costs, there’s no doubt that a bachelor’s degree is worth it. However, it’s not just about where you go to college, but what you study.
The key to good grades is studying the material so that students understand the concepts and can apply them in the classroom. However, many students don’t practice effective study methods in high school, causing them to either memorize and forget information, or not fully grasp the concepts. These bad study habits can roll over into college – making the transition into a college course load even more difficult.
When applying to college, grades are usually the most important aspect of your applicant profile. Colleges look at all four years of high school grades, and they like to see an upward grade trend. So if you started off high school with some not-so-stellar grades, your main goal should be to pull up your marks and improve your academic performance.