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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weeks Twenty and Twenty-One

Dates of Interest

College Goals Sunday
January 29
Help with the FAFSA

Events/Opportunities of Interest

For students from Willington.

The Scholarship Coach
A link to scholarship opportunities. 
See more at the bottom of this page.

We Can Change
A scholarship competition offered by Siemens Foundation

Articles of Interest

What the Top 1% of Earners Majored In
How much does one's college major really matter?

What Does One Jobless Youth Cost Taxpayers?
Care to guess before you open the link?

Self-Esteem Is Losing Favor in Schools
There's a difference between praising ability and praising effort.

Are You an Annoying Parent? 
Take the quiz and find out.

Dirty Jobs
A YouTube video worth watching.

Exam Grades, Quarter Grades, Semester Grades, and Year-End Grades

As we move into the exam period, it's important for students to know how these exams contribute to their semester and final grades.  The link below will bring you to a short video that describes what a transcript looks like and how to read it.  Know this - if the course is "semesterized" (S1/S2), then the exam will count 20%  towards the final grade (Q1=40% and Q2=40%).   If the course is year-long (YR), then the exam will comprise 10% of the final grade (Q1=20%, Q2=20%, exam=10%, Q3=20%, Q4=20%, exam=10%).

How to Read a Transcript

Tips When Taking the SAT

As the SAT "season" goes into full swing, it's worth noting some of the "tips" that supposedly can help students increase their scores.  Below are some of these suggestions;
  • instead of looking for the right answer, it may be more useful to look for the wrong answers and eliminate them.  The thinking here is that by process of elimination you'll arrive at the right answer - or at least you'll be able to choose between two possibilities rather than among four.
  • read the italicized section before each reading passage in the Critical Reading section.  It provides helpful clues.
  • if you face a reading passage that just doesn't spark your interest, it may be wiser to read each question FIRST and then search for the answer in the lines provided.
  • there are six basic rules you need to know in the Writing section - subject/verb agreement, verb tense, pronouns, parallelism, idioms, and comparisons.
  • when writing the required essay, it's not important which side of a position you take.  What's more important is that you open with a strong statement expressing your position that is followed by three descriptive examples (each developed in a paragraph) and a concluding paragraph that ties it all together.  It's your basic five paragraph essay.
  • you can earn a 600 on any of the the three sections simply by correctly answering all of the easy and medium difficulty questions. 
  • answering 8 questions correctly and leaving 2 blank will result in a higher score than if you answer 8 questions correctly and get 2 wrong.  This is because you lose a 1/4 of a point for each incorrect answer.
There are more, but this is enough for now.  Like it or not, tests like these are a reality that you will likely face at some point in life.  Even if college is not in your plans, you may still need to take an exam for licensure or certification in an occupational field.  And, although more colleges are making the SAT optional, it rarely hurts to submit high scores.  So, it makes sense to learn how to take these tests.

A reminder - the Guidance Department has purchased a test-prep program that is available on Naviance under the "Colleges" tab.  It's a free SAT practice program.  Use it if for no other reason than to familiarize yourself with the kinds of questions asked.

Keep in mind, too, the tips listed above.

Meta-Learning...Learning How to Learn

What's a significant difference between those who are successful in school and those who aren't?  You may think of at least a few differences, and one may be how students learn.  Knowing how to learn goes a long way in delivering successful outcomes.  Learning how you learn, then, becomes a critical factor in your success.  Check out this first in a series of videos produced by a college professor.

Study Intelligently for Your Exams. 
And Good Luck! 

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