Archive for the ‘College Prep’ category

Higher Education on Facebook

October 23rd, 2009

Stalking is ok if its on facebook

When talking about Facebook, Tracy Mitrano,  The IT Director of Cornell had this to say in her facebook 2.0 viewpoints;

“Let’s “face” it: Facebook has built the site, and students use it; we in higher education should come to recognize that this universal commercial site is here to stay. We should use it for advertising and for communications—and certainly for emergency messaging.”

She wrote this post in 2008, and started to have the idea in 2006, and she hit the nail on the head.  Facebook is  definitely here to stay. 

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10 Steps to Avoid The Freshman 15

September 9th, 2009

That scale must be wrong it says I gained 30 pounds instead of 15
That scale must be wrong it says I gained 30 pounds instead of 15

Students mention it on campus. Friends of yours give you warnings. You’ve heard the stories about it. There’s no doubt that college students everywhere are following the “Beware the Freshman 15” message that is floating around campus.

What is it?

The “Freshman 15” is a term used to describe the weight gain many college students experience (usually in their Freshman year). Dormitory food is usually high in fat and calories, and you may not have the free time you once had for exercise.  Before you know it WAM! you have just gained 15 pounds. You don’t notice it but, when you come home for thanksgiving your friends and family sure will.  Follow this simple guide to steer clear of the infamous threat. » Read more: 10 Steps to Avoid The Freshman 15

Massive Debt Changes Student Plans

September 9th, 2009
Don't worry everyone is doing it!

Don't worry everyone is doing it!

In a recession, is college worth it? The risk of debt may change some students’ plans.

Danielle Claussen, 18, acknowledges she didn’t give much thought to the ultimate cost of college when she enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Morris County, NJ.

“My plan is to attend for four years, like my sister did,” says Claussen, who grew up in Tuckerton, a small suburb town in South New Jersey. Because she didn’t qualify for financial aid, she took out student loans. Set to  graduate in 2012 with a major in nursing and an estimate of  more than $70,000 in debt. Claussen adds, “With my brother and sister currently in college before me, it’s hard to pay for me and taking out loans is really the only way.” » Read more: Massive Debt Changes Student Plans

10 Tips to Score High On the SAT!

December 31st, 2008

SAT have you stressed?

Don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world.

Although the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) is a crucial ingredient to the Getting-Into-College formula, stressing yourself out over it will only hurt your cause rather than help it.

Students in High School are often encouraged to register and take the SAT early. For upperclassmen, this is the time where colleges are reviewing applications and sending out letters of acceptance, this is also a prime time for underclassmen to prepare for the SAT. A great way to get started is to visit The College Board for SAT/ACT registration and preparation.

To really make it simple, there is no easy way to study for a perfect score on this test. The best way to score your best is to approach it with different strategies like knowing how to write a well-constructed essay so that it will be a breeze, regardless of the topic.

Here are 10 tips to help you score high on the SAT:

Learn the section directions

before you go in to take the test. This saves time and allows you more time to work on questions.

Answer easy questions first.

Don’t spend too much time on harder questions. Mark skipped questions in your exam book so you can quickly return to them later.

Guess the answer,

and try to eliminate at least one of the choices provided.

You can write in the test book:

cross out wrong answers; do your mathwork on the pages. What matters is the answer sheet.

Make your mark heavy and dark.

You’ve heard it from all your teachers. A machine scores the test and can’t tell the difference between a correct answer and a careless doodle.

Skip questions

if you have no idea what the answer could be. You don’t lose any points for skipping. It’s always a good idea to use any spare time you have to go back to it and take a second look.

Understand the scoring!

You get 1 point for a right answer. You lose a fractional point for a wrong answer. There is no deduction for omitted answers, or for wrong answers in the math section’s student-produced response questions.

Keep track of the time.

Don’t spend too much time on any one question. You should spend only seconds on the easiest questions, and hesitate to spend more than 1-2 minutes on even the hardest ones. Also, bring a watch. Don’t depend on your proctor to have an accurate clock in the room!

First instincts can be your friend.

Don’t change an answer unless you’re sure you made an error.

Sleep well the night before,

and eat breakfast the day of the test. Proper rest always helps your brain and body function smoothly, and breakfast will help you remain alert and remember your test-taking skills.