Make Your Next Four Years in College a Success

First-year college students are beginning to settle in. We wish you the best of luck on your college career. But, we also want you to be a wise scholar! Today, a college degree is not all that is needed for a successful future. You next four years in college should be a time of study and learning, but you should consider more.

Here is some advice for college students to use their time as best they can:
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Why Community College?

Many students seem bound for Ivy League colleges, or at least private colleges. Others look to large public universities. One kind of post-secondary education that gets overlooked is the community college system.

But, there are many good reasons why students should consider a community college.
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Making College Affordable

When you are searching for colleges, it’s best to look with an eye to cost efficiency. After all, why get a degree to make money and end up owing money?

The average annual tuition of a private college is $30,097. That cost can add up even with grants and scholarships. Public schools are, of course, the most affordable, especially for in-state students. The average in-state tuition for public colleges is $8,836. Out-of-state tuition costs average $22,203, but some public colleges can be affordable for out-of-staters.
Here are a few:
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Best Strategies for Taking College Entrance Exams

One class has now been accepted to college. But, already the high school seniors-to-be are thinking about next year’s college applications. Part of that process is taking one or both of the major College Entrance Exams, the ACT or the SAT.

Here are some tips to be successful on your SATs and ACTS, whether or not you are taking them in the spring or in the fall, whether or not you are taking them for the first time or are retaking them.
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Good College Writing Skills

Writing well is one of the most important skills used in higher education. Unfortunately, many high school students still make writing mistakes that are unacceptable as they transition into college.

Here are some writing tips that will help you avoid writing errors and improve your writing communication for college.
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More Improvements for the 2017-2018 Common Application to College

The Common Application is a popular way students apply to college on one form, and the Common Application continues to evolve. In addition to the prompt changes this year, there are other additions to help students.

Here are some improvements for the Common Application this year.
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Graduating from College? How to Write a Cover Letter

The cover letter is not a formality. It is your first chance to stand out among those you’re vying with for a job. Employers do not look at your resume first; they look at your cover letter first, and that’s where you give them your fist impression.

So how do you make a good first impression through your cover letter? Here are some tips.
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Graduate from College on Time

Only 41% of four-year college students graduate in four years! So what? Well, it costs much more to graduate in five or six years. Add between $18,000 and $45,000 to your four-year bill, depending on whether or not you are at an in-state college, at a public college, or attending a private college. Also the longer you take to graduate the less likely you will graduate, according to statistics.

So how can you make it easier on yourself to graduate on time? Here are some tips.
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Improve Your Chances of Getting Into College

When applying to college there is a lot to think about. It’s like spinning several plates on bamboo sticks. You have to be able to coordinate it all before even one plate wobbles and crashes down.

Here are some tips to make applying to college a balanced performance and help you gain college admission.
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How Your Learning Style Can Affect Your SAT or ACT Preparation

Howard Gardner identified multiple intelligences which helped categorize how students can best learn. The way you learn can affect how you prepare for the SAT or the ACT and, thus, impact your college admissions tests’ scores.

The basic learning styles divide learners into three categories: kinesthetic, auditory, and visual.

Here are some tips for each type of learner to use when getting ready to take college admissions tests.
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College Admissions Tests

SAT and ACT scores are very important in the college admission process. But, while students are taking these tests which will help determine their futures, they are also keeping up their grades, staying involved with activities, trying to enjoy their senior year, and doing all the other things required to apply to colleges.

How can a student do their best? Here are a few simple tips for acing the SAT or ACT tests.
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