Guest Post: SAT/ACT Test Preparation from Kate Ketcham

Guest Post: SAT/ACT Test Preparation from Kate Ketcham

Test scores are just one piece of the college admissions puzzle - if you are a strong athlete and your favorite school has a program that could use you, then great, that works in your favor! But test scores ARE something that you can control and prepare for, unlike some of the more subjective parts of the evaluation process. So start early, and study hard. 

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Thesis Writing: The Basics

Thesis Writing: The Basics

Each person’s thesis experience is unique, and depends on their area of focus and the style of their research. A lab-based chemistry thesis project will look vastly different than a thesis based on the translation of a body of foreign-language poetry. While the details, methodology, and timeline are unique to the individual, however, there are some broad steps that have to happen in the process, and that’s what I outline here.

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Textbooks: When to Buy

Textbooks: When to Buy

I spent an average of less than $50 per semester on my books for college.

The cost of textbooks is one of the major complaints for college students. And rightly so: some schools quote costs in excess of $300 per semester, depending on the classes and major. Textbooks can be a huge burden, so here’s my secret: don’t buy them. In many cases, proper planning and informed decision-making can make all the difference. 

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Starting the Semester: The Syllabus

Starting the Semester: The Syllabus

The syllabus is your friend. It tells you exactly what you need to do to be prepared for class, learn what’s valuable, and get a good grade. A well-written syllabus leaves no mysteries to course structure or requirements. It’s all there, on a piece of paper, and you will probably go through an exhaustive discussion on that first day. Pay attention.

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Resolutions

Resolutions

I don’t believe in resolutions for a new year. But I do believe in setting goals, particularly goals that are on a specific timeline and that have achievable stages to completion. And, since January marks the start of a new semester for most students, it’s a good time to make some new goals for the upcoming period of time.

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Inventing an internship

Inventing an internship

If you are searching for an internship, it’s time to expand your horizons. Keep searching in the conventional paths: check out the volunteer/internship resources out there, and be sure to check out “employment” sections of companies or organizations you would like to work for. But there is so much more you can do to create opportunity for yourself.

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Letters of recommendation: Better know a professor

It is incredibly important to have several professors who know you well and can write you recommendation letters. You should to get to know the faculty for a whole range of reasons, the best of which in my mind is that they tend to be some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. 

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