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Study Strategies/Time Management Part #1

The number one thing students struggle with is time management. This is often an issue for freshmen transitioning to high school and seniors due to the demands of their last year of K-12 schooling. There are some practical ways to manage one’s time that students can have lasting impact on students’ educational outcomes. 1. Establish…

Common mistakes SENIORS make

Common mistakes SENIORS make

You made it! You’re a Senior. Now what. If you feel like you are at the end of your journey, think again. You are just getting started. Your senior year should be the most fun and enjoyable one of your entire high school career. If you are not having fun, perhaps something is wrong. If you are having…

Asking is not Checking, Checking is Checking!

My dad, a retired Command Sergeant Major from the United States Army of 27 years, said in his final retirement speech on Fort Hood Military Base, “Asking is not checking. Checking is checking.” This is certainly his motto for life. For our family. For his troops. For the church. For everything. This resonates with me…

An Interview with a College Assistant Admissions Director (Division I, NCAA University)

An Interview with a College Assistant Admissions Director (Division I, NCAA University)

Recently, I interviewed a college admissions director regarding the top things his admissions office looks for when deciding whether or not to admit students. His candid answers to my questions are captured below. Again, this is straight from the mouth of a Division I NCAA University Assistant Admissions Director. Question: What are the most important…

The ACT or the SAT? That is the question

The ACT or the SAT? That is the question

Many people ask me whether I recommend the ACT of the SAT. I always tell them the ACT for many reasons. In my opinion, the ACT is most closely related to the subjects he or she has studied all throughout middle and high school. It’s the one that allows more variety in skill assessment. It just makes more…

How to ensure you have not missed anything related to college prep

How to ensure you have not missed anything related to college prep

How to Ensure You Have Not Missed Anything Related to College Prep Preparing for college does not begin in the senior year of high school. It begins much earlier. Pre-school and even before then presents immense opportunities to formulate a solid foundation for students in which to begin learning academic things. As much as extra-curricular things matter, so do…

What’s in it for Me? The Entitlement Choice.

This is the mantra of some of today’s teens. They ask, “Why do I need to do this?” “Why should I do this?” “What’s in it for me?” This type of thinking is somewhat healthy to prevent wasting time but it can also be detrimental. Entitlement is a common theme among sociologists who discuss Millennials…

When is too early to start preparing for college

When is too early to start preparing for college

Parents often ask me when is too early to prepare for college. I say from the time they come out of the womb is when you should start. Some studies show that kids who receive more verbal interactions from 0-5 enter Kindergarten more prepared linguistically than students who are not exposed to verbose environments. Language rich surroundings encourage…

The Big 5 Step #5: Have a responsibility or job outside of school.

A job? What? That’s right, step 5 in Big 5™ is to obtain a job or have a responsibility outside of school. You mean I need to do all the above and have a job. Well, let’s take a closer look. If you do all of the previous Big 5™ steps with fidelity, which mean all the way…

The Big 5 Step #4: Academics Rule

So, the first 3 steps of the Big 5™ involve you the student taking action by either volunteering, joining a club, or playing a sport. This next, by far, most important step in the Big 5™, is to be an excellent student. This includes studying hard, maintaining a high GPA, and doing well on the ACT…