January 23, 2018

SAT – It’s Not Too Early To Start Preparing!

College and SATsHere’s an article about getting your kid ready for the SAT tests.

By Leslie Hughes, Hughes Tutoring  and Joseph Fernandez, Parliament Tutors

Did you know that preparing for college begins long before you even start thinking about what schools you want to apply to? There are different aspects of a student that colleges look at when considering an application for admission – things that go far beyond your GPA. As a freshman in high school, it is important to realize that what you do now can affect your college application process a few years down the road.

Now, don’t feel scared! Starting early to prepare for college allows you to find things you truly enjoy, and become involved in a variety of classes and activities. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you are making your way through high school and moving on up to applying for college!

  1. Open up your mind and your schedule to activities and clubs. If you have organizations or sports you have been a part of for years, keep participating in them! However, don’t hesitate to allow yourself to try totally new things – the more “outside-the-box”, the better. Colleges like to see students who have qualities different from other applicants. The most important thing to remember is to not try to fill your resume up with tons of different things. While it is great to have a variety of things you are involved in, you don’t want to be stretching yourself and your time too thin to where you are not able to get deeply involved in anything. It is better to have a few projects/activities you are really into than a bunch of projects/activities that you are kind of into.
  2. Really think about what classes you are taking. While it may seem better to opt out of taking the super hard AP History class, and instead take the easy one, by doing so you may really end up hurting yourself! Schools are not concerned solely with the grades you get in your classes. While grades are important, they are not everything. For almost all colleges, it is better to take an AP class and get a B in it, then to take an easy class and get an A. Keep that in mind as you are making your schedule! Study halls are another tricky “class.” You may honestly feel that you would wisely use your time in a study hall to do homework. However, colleges will be disappointed that you didn’t use that slot of time instead to challenge yourself. You don’t have to add another super difficult class to your schedule, but any class looks better to colleges than a study hall!
  3. Don’t do anything in the pre-college prep and college prep process solely because you think it is what college admissions will want! Never forget that it is you applying to college. It it great to do things that will boost your chances in applying to college, but make sure that it is always something you are doing for YOU! If you work so hard during high school to be the student you think colleges want, then what happens when you get to college? You will have forgotten who you truly are, and college will be a terrifying wake up call! Always be open to pushing yourself in high school, but never force yourself to do things that you absolutely hate, or do not feel capable of doing merely to impress college admissions; they will be able to see right through it.

Applying to college can seem scary, overwhelming, and too far in the future. But the sooner you get started, the easier it will be for you! If you think cramming for tests in math class are hard, try cramming for college. You won’t be able to, because it is impossible! Preparing for and applying to college takes time and effort, so get started and don’t forget to have fun – this is your future you are planning for.

Leslie Hughes offers private tutoring with Hughes Tutoring, a Montana Tutoring company.  Joseph Fernandez is a Charlottesville Tutor with Parliament Tutors, a home tutoring service.

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