5 Steps to College Success

1. Taking the Right Classes

Students who have an interest in college should take more challenging classes while they are still in high school. An example of a more difficult class is an Advanced Placement class where students are prepared all year in a high school environment to take a college level exam at the end of the year. If the students pass this exam with a specific score they are rewarded a college credit. Advanced Placement classes challenge you not only in intelligence but also in work ethic. Most AP classes require a lot of work inside the classroom and at home. If students don’t feel comfortable taking AP classes they should consider taking honors classes. Honors classes are a step up for regular classes and a bit more challenging.

2. Great Study Habits

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Practicing good studying habits while in high school will help students not only then, but also when they transition into college. The first step to developing good studying techniques is to know your learning style. Some tips for better a better studying experience according to http://www.gearup.wa.gov/resource/good-study-habits include completing difficult tasks first, giving yourself plenty of time,and taking short breaks in between studying. Memorization techniques may also be used. One of these techniques is chunking. This is when a student analyzes a small part of whatever they may be studying instead of trying to learn the whole piece of information at once.

3. Extensive Writing Skills

Many times in college students will be asked to express their intelligence or opinion on a certain subject through essays.Being able to communicate effectively through writing is a very important thing to learn before college. Some tips for better writing include learning transitions, expanding your vocabulary, getting other peers to edit your writing, and proofreading. Also students should feel free to write as many drafts as they need before creating the final copy. The more times a student revises the more accurate and fluent the paper will become.

4. Agenda/Planning

Keeping an agenda or calendar will help to make sure students don’t forget important dates, homework, or important events. Also,if students write down what they have to do a certain day then it gives them a more realistic expectation of how much time they are going to have to set aside because they will know how many tasks they need to complete. It also helps students to know which tasks they need to complete first making it more likely that due dates will be met!

5. Guidance Counselors

If still in high school students should always refer to their guidance counselors if they have an unanswered question about college. Most high school counselors can be extremely helpful in helping you choose the correct college, helping you fill out an application, and even assisting you in finding scholarships. Guidance counselors also help students create their high school schedules which, referring back to the first tip, is very important in preparing for college. Students should create a good relationship with their guidance counselors so they can feel more comfortable asking questions or asking for assistance.

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