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More tips about studying

Study takes an independent, self-directed effort — creating different methods to approach and learn different subjects. What kinds of extra work? Studying is coming prepared for every class. You are up to date in your reading, and you have even read ahead. You have done all your practice exercises (even when they’re not required), and you’ve gone over […]

What you do (or don’t do) today and every day determines your future.

Never seem to have time to really get ready for that next test or big assignment? If you answer “yes,” take this little quiz. How many hours each day do you spend on these entertainments?  Be honest. It’s important information for you. television cell phone face book music iPod computer games sports socializing with friends […]

Strength, stamina, and study — a “must”

The truth is that far too many high school students are studying no more than they did in middle school. Ask them how many hours each week they really study, and the response is often, “It all depends.” And that means it all depends on whether or not a test is coming up. Or they […]

The Science of Study: What really happens in your brain when you study.

Have you ever wondered what happens in your brain when you read a book, memorize the periodic table, or practice the violin? This article by besteducationdegrees.com takes you inside the human brain to show you what really occurs when you learn. One fascinating thing you’ll learn from this article is how different methods of studying really make […]

Standardized tests require systematic preparation, not a casual attitude

Standardized tests are just a fact of educational life. And it’s a real alphabet stew: SATs, ACTs, APs, IBs, LSATs, MCATs, DATs, GMATs, GREs. Students get their first taste of bubbling answers with number-two pencils in second grade. Such tests continue through elementary and middle school to rank students and mark their academic progress. In […]

Ready, set, college! What you need to know before you get there.

Did you know that 47% of today’s college-bound high school students graduate with an A average; 88.1% graduate with at least a B average. Yet most teens earn such grades by studying fewer than five hours a week. Regardless of your grade level, you should really be studying at least 10 hours a week! But students sail […]

Interview with WPR’s Kathleen Dunn

Listen to Dr. Bob talk with Kathleen Dunn and address listeners’ questions about preparing for college in high school.

Planning your college visit (Part 3 of 3)

What to take with you To prepare for your college visits, create an academic profile for yourself and take it along to show the various people you meet. Besides showing your academic success, list your extracurricular activities (including sports and music) and any part-time jobs. Also, take a copy of your high school transcript and […]

When you visit the Admissions Office (Part 2 of 3)

College visits are arranged though an Admissions Office. Call or email this office, and get the name of the admissions counselor you talk to. This is your contact person going forward. Ask if you will receive printed information before your visit. Let the counselor know that you want to visit several offices (see below), and […]

Visiting Colleges and Universities (Part 1 of 3)

Summer is a good time to visit colleges. It’s a convenient time for both you and your family. (Don’t forget to take your parents along!) And because colleges offer courses even during the summer months, you can visit classes and talk to enrolled students. When should you visit college? You could start as early as […]