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Preparing for College Success

Checking In: Your College Readiness Checklist

Preparing for College SuccessChecking In: Your College Readiness Checklist

Table of contents
  1. Preface
  2. 1 Getting into College
    1. Introduction
    2. 1.1 What Are the Benefits of College?
    3. 1.2 Your Academic Journey and Personal Story
    4. 1.3 Finding the Right "Fit"
    5. 1.4 Applying for College and Making Your Decision
    6. Family & Friends Matter
    7. Summary
  3. 2 Transitioning to College
    1. Introduction
    2. 2.1 Why College?
    3. 2.2 The First Year of College Will Be an Experience
    4. 2.3 College Culture and Expectations
    5. 2.4 It’s All in the Mindset
    6. Family & Friends Matter
    7. Summary
    8. Checking In: Your College Readiness Checklist
  4. 3 Managing Your Time and Priorities
    1. Introduction
    2. 3.1 Time Management in College
    3. 3.2 Procrastination: The Enemy Within
    4. 3.3 How to Manage Time
    5. 3.4 Prioritization
    6. 3.5 Enhanced Strategies for Time and Task Management
    7. Family & Friends Matter
    8. Summary
  5. 4 Reading and Note-Taking
    1. Introduction
    2. 4.1 The Learning Process
    3. 4.2 The Nature and Types of Reading
    4. 4.3 Effective Reading Strategies
    5. 4.4 Helpful Note-Taking Strategies
    6. Family & Friends Matter
    7. Summary
    8. Checking In: Your College Readiness Checklist
  6. 5 Studying, Memory, and Test Taking
    1. Introduction
    2. 5.1 Deepening Your Learning
    3. 5.2 Memory
    4. 5.3 Studying
    5. 5.4 Test Taking
    6. 5.5 Developing Metacognition
    7. Family & Friends Matter
    8. Summary
  7. 6 Building Relationships
    1. Introduction
    2. 6.1 The Benefits of Healthy Relationships
    3. 6.2 Building Relationships in College
    4. 6.3 Working in Groups
    5. Family & Friends Matter
    6. Summary
    7. Checking In: Your College Readiness Checklist
  8. 7 Maintaining Your Mental Health and Managing Stress
    1. Introduction
    2. 7.1 Creating Your Best Self
    3. 7.2 Your Overall Well-Being
    4. 7.3 The Mind-Body Connection
    5. 7.4 Mental Health Basics
    6. 7.5 The Role of Social Media on Mental Health
    7. 7.6 Physical Health Basics
    8. Family & Friends Matter
    9. Summary
  9. 8 Understanding Financial Literacy
    1. Introduction
    2. 8.1 Personal Financial Planning
    3. 8.2 Savings, Expenses, and Budgeting
    4. 8.3 Credit Cards
    5. 8.4 Paying for College
    6. Family & Friends Matter
    7. Summary
    8. Checking In: Your College Readiness Checklist
  10. 9 Planning Your Future
    1. Introduction
    2. 9.1 Setting Goals and Staying Motivated
    3. 9.2 Planning Your Degree Path
    4. 9.3 Making a Plan
    5. 9.4 Using the Career Planning Cycle
    6. Family & Friends Matter
    7. Summary
  11. Index

Fall

9th Grade
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a calendar. Consider signing up for the PSAT 8/9 in the fall. While taking the PSAT 8/9 isn’t necessary, it gives you experience with standardized testing and an official score report that can guide your future studying.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a pencil. Create a college-friendly email address. Create a new email account using your first and last name and graduation date (e.g., JaneSmith2024@email.com). Then use it exclusively for college-related communications, like test scores, scholarships, and marketing materials from colleges.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of an open book. Create a college binder. Start saving and documenting things that will be useful for college and scholarship applications, like transcripts, community service hours (including dates and contact information), letters of recommendation, and usernames and passwords.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a graduation cap. Introduce yourself to your school counselor and your college and career center counselor. You’ll need their help often over the next few years. Check in with them regularly to ensure you’re making college-ready decisions.
Table 2.10
10th Grade
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a calendar. Apply for scholarships. Plenty of scholarships are available for high school students of any grade level. Talk to your guidance counselor for suggestions. Start applying to some now!
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a pencil. Create a MyACT Profile and a College Board (SAT) account. Even if you’re not ready to take the ACT or SAT yet, creating these accounts will ensure you get reminders about upcoming tests and useful college and career planning strategies.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of an open book. Take a personality assessment. Learn more about your strengths, opportunities for improvement, preferred learning styles, and strategies for approaching challenges. See if your school offers assessments like the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) or YouScience, or find a free one online.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a graduation cap. Get involved in your school and community. Try something new and join some clubs or sports. You never know where you might find a new passion or hobby — or even a lead on a potential major or career.
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11th Grade
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a calendar. Add ACT and SAT dates (and registration deadlines) to your calendar. Think about which ones you’ll want to take. Consider opting out of sending your scores to specific colleges when you register; instead, you may want to see your scores before you decide to send them.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a pencil. Set your priorities. Junior year is busy, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. If you’re feeling stressed, sit down with someone and walk through your obligations, set priorities, and make a plan for getting things done. This is a skill you’ll rely on in college, so practice it now!
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of an open book. Sign up to take the PSAT/NSMQT in October. This test qualifies juniors for the National Merit Scholarship. If you’re aiming for a high score and potential scholarship opportunities, start (or keep) prepping.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a graduation cap. Attend college visits on your high school campus. Meet college reps when they visit your high school and talk with them about what they’re looking for in a student and what they can offer you.
Table 2.12
12th Grade
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a calendar. Check your applicant portals regularly. Most colleges will ask for missing items (e.g., test scores, recommendations, transcripts), provide updates on your decision status, and deliver other important updates via their applicant portals.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a pencil. Complete the FAFSA and CSS Profile, if applicable. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) lets you apply for federal student aid, including federal grants, work-study funds, and loans. Some schools also use the CSS Profile to award nonfederal institutional aid. Both applications open Oct. 1.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of an open book. Keep prepping for (and taking) the ACT or SAT. Improving your score could make you eligible for increased merit scholarships and could boost your chances of acceptance.
An icon depicting a minimalistic shape of a graduation cap. Ask for feedback on your applications before you submit them. Ask a parent, teacher, counselor, or friend to review your applications, essays, and resume. They may see things you’ve missed or mistakes to be corrected.
Table 2.13
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