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Academic Preparation
No matter what your age, there are steps you can take now to ensure your college dreams will be fulfilled. The goals you set for yourself will be better achieved through postsecondary education.Sandwich

1) Keep a notebook for all your homework assignments and check it every day. As you complete each assignment, make a check mark next to it. Each check mark is a step closer to your next grade level.

2) Set aside a certain time each day for study. If you don't have any homework, use that time to read a book, draw, write a story or just think. Don't use it for TV time!

3) Find a quiet place where you can study without being bothered. Your study place needs good light and a flat workspace is also helpful.

4) Ask for help when you need it. Remember, there are no silly questions. Your teachers and parents want to help you learn.

5) Share your progress with your parents. Show them your papers, let them know what you're studying, and ask them questions. You'll be surprised how much they know.

If you have a choice of classes in your middle school or junior high, take courses that will challenge you and prepare you for high school and college. Your teacher or counselor can help you make these important choices.

When you get to high school, be sure to complete all the courses required for admission to college. Different colleges have different requirements. Most four-year colleges will require at least the following high school courses:

  • four years of English
  • three years of mathematics, including algebra and geometry
  • three years of laboratory science, including biology and chemistry
  • three years of social studies, including history and government
  • two years of electives, chosen from foreign language, music, visual arts, theater, dance and vocational education.
Your high school guidance counselors can help you select the best classes for you.
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Different colleges have different requirements. Most four-year colleges will require at least the following high school courses:
four years of English
three years of mathematics, including algebra and geometry
three years of laboratory science, including biology and chemistry
three years of social studies, including history and government
two years of electives, chosen from foreign language, music, visual arts, theater, dance and vocational education.
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