College Prep

Your college adventure is right around the corner and you can start it with a clean academic slate. On this journey into adulthood, you will be met with a lot of independence and a myriad of critical decisions. The decisions that you make and the actions you take will have a major impact on the rest of your college experience.

General information for first-year (Freshman) College Students

Common first-year student challenges – While every freshman might have his or her own particular set of personal problems, there are also problems and upsets that face all freshmen and indeed, all college students. Many of these problems run into deeper issues if they’re not dealt with adequately.

What to expect during your first year of college – Your college preparation probably only focuses on finding a roommate, picking a meal plan, bringing dorm supplies, and packing clothes… BUT there’s more.  The more you know what to expect, the easier it is to make good decisions. The following list of 15 expectations will help prepare you for freshman year.

How to survive and thrive in your freshman year – It doesn’t really matter what you did in high school as you make the transition to college. High school success (or lack of it) doesn’t automatically apply to college. Take the time to to read these 25 tips and strategies to make sure you have a successful first year of college.

Avoiding the freshman 15 – Students often worry about the typical college stressors — getting along with roommates, finding classes, making friends and avoiding the dreaded “freshman 15” weight gain. While you can’t handpick your roommate, you can take steps to eat healthy and keep your weight in check. College is an adjustment, but it doesn’t have to mean an adjustment in your pant size.

Things freshman parents should never do – As a parent, we know it is challenging and very hard to let go of your little, but not so little, young adult as they are sent off for their first-year of college.  Here is a list of 15 things you should never do during this time.

NACAC: student and parent guide for first-year college students – The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process.

Dorm room essentials checklist – This dorm room checklist includes the essentials for campus living plus a few tasks for college bound students to complete prior to move-in day, ideal for freshmen. While this checklist may seem like a lot to pack, many items suggested are dorm room size and easily stored.

Low GPA’s and how to avoid getting bad grades

Steps to take if you start failing a class – You are in the middle of the semester and suddenly realize that you are about to fail a class. Don’t be frustrated – there are still some steps you can take to turn things around before you fall further behind. College can be tough. But studying and focusing on the classes should be your number-one priority, and it’s important to always keep your eye on the prize – that is, on graduation. Figuring out what to do next and preventing it from happening again is critical.

Strategies to raise your GPA – It can be difficult to improve your GPA quickly, especially if you’re in the latter half of high school already. With your previous grades working against you, you’ll have to put in even more effort to overcome lower averages. However, there are some measures you can take to have a better chance of raising your GPA quickly and effectively.

Raise your GPA: GPA Calculator – Getting straight A’s won’t guarantee success, but it sure doesn’t hurt. A high GPA will help you make more money, pursue further education, or change career paths. If you’re going to spend many thousands of dollars on a college education, you might as well make the most of it.

Getting into college with bad grades – Believe it or not, it’s not the end of the world to your college eligibility and dream job. Don’t give up! Attempt to combat your admissions struggle by considering these helpful tips.

How to avoid having your college acceptance rescinded – Even though you’ve already secured a spot in college, your school can still take back your acceptance if you start slacking. Here’s the truth about rescinded college acceptances and how you can fight senioritis to make sure your acceptance letter isn’t followed by a warning one.

Reasons why students get poor grades – There are a number of possible reasons that students get poor grades. Some reasons could be: subject matter is too difficult, the teacher is hard to understand, problems at home, student attitudes, even test anxiety and problems concentrating.  It is easier to address an issue if it identifiable.

Learn how to study better

Study Guides & Strategies – An educational public service helping learners succeed since 1996.  S.G.S. offers a surfeit of tips, advice, guides, and strategies all tailored to help you study better.

How To Take Better Tests – A complete breakdown on why most students go “blank”during a test and the steps to take to avoid this at all costs.  With helpful advice through out this article, you will learn how to take better tests.

Miscellaneous Information for College Students

How to become a college president – If you aspire to be a college president, you should work hard not only in your studies but also throughout your career to diversify your work experience and gain leadership opportunities. Here are the guidelines you should follow in order to become president of your college.

College major quiz – Going to college but having trouble choosing a major? This assessment quiz can help. It is adapted from a career and interest survey developed by John Holland, and is designed to encourage you to consider how your own personality traits may relate to many college degree programs.

The ultimate student resource – It’s back to school time, yet again and in the spirit of the season, they have gathered together the best tools, websites, and advice to help make you a more effective and relaxed student this semester. And the best part about it, it’s all free!

Resources for students with disabilities – With the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. Find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.