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Pre-College To-Do List

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Congratulations, you are going to college! All your hard work has paid off. You are leaving the high school world and entering the field of higher learning. Your summer break is here and whether you are focusing more on work, or on catching up on sleep, or family time, the summer months will quickly pass and you will be going off to college.  To make your transition to college as smooth as possible, here is a “To-Do” list that you could possibly use.


Pack Strategically

If you have followed our advice  have already completed college tours and saw what the campus and the dormitories or your chosen college look like.  The average college student will have an entire living space of about 100-175 feet, which is not a whole lot.  You may be tempted to take everything you own, but you will need to plan carefully to avoid disappointment and being too cramped!


Get Dates of Orientation

With your acceptance letter you should have received a whole package of information.  In that package will be information about important dates, including your orientation date. Whether it’s the first day of college, or in the days just before you enter college, be sure to plan your arrival on campus to be ready for the orientation which will give you important information. By the way, if your orientation package includes parties and events, plan to attend those also.  It’s important to plan to have some fun too because you will be doing a lot of hard work in the years ahead.


Pick Your Classes and Start Reading

Your package should include information on a variety of college courses.  Picking your courses ahead of time allows you to then look for the book list. In college, you will be doing substantially more reading than you did in high school. Where possible, get the books ahead of time and start reading.  It would be best to email your course professors and see if you can get a course outline/curriculum and start your reading there.  At a minimum, since most textbooks have glossaries, review sections and summaries so that you are familiar with the material before going to school.  Your summer does not necessarily have to be all about reading however; in fact, as little as 1 hour a day could make a big difference.

In addition, plan to meet with an academic advisor early in the first semester to ensure you are on the right track in terms of choosing the correct prerequisite and required courses for your degree major.


Map Out Your Semester

When you have your course outline, sit down with a day planner/calendar and schedule your reading, and divide up your time between studying and the writing of academic papers.  Even if you prefer electronic calendars, this exercise will help you get an overview of how much work you have to do and help you do it by breaking your work down into daily chunks.  You can always transfer this information into an electronic calendar later.


Get a Tutor

You already know about the advantages of tutoring and they still apply at the college level. Getting Into The Ivys offers tutoring at the college level too. Indeed, a significant number of our tutors are college and university professors with Masters and PhD qualifications. Plus, you have first-hand experience of how we have helped you get into the college of your choice so be sure to take advantage of our assistance in helping you succeed whilst in college. Having a tutor give you on-going subject support, can help you with the adjustment to higher learning.

A “To-Do” list is all about planning and preparation.  As you graduate high school, you are entering the early phase of adulthood that has many responsibilities and many opportunities. Your high school graduation means great things ahead, and the more prepared you are the better.  Use the above “To-Do” list to give yourself the head start that you will surely need.

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