Monthly Archives: May 2013

Developing Good Study Habits

Attending college or a university is like having a full time job. Although you may only have 15 hours of class time, students should spend about 30 hours per week studying! For each lecture hour, you should spend at least 1-3 hours studying, even more if you have a challenging class. This takes discipline and persistence, but when the time comes to take exams, you will be so glad you are prepared. In high school, you probably remember many grades from homework assignments, pop quizzes, tests, papers etc. College is a bit different- some professors may only have a couple exams that make up your entire grade. This means you have to be prepared and use your time wisely. This blog includes great tips on developing study habits to get the grades you want.

In order to have the material to study, you must attend class. Attend all of your lectures, listen attentively and take good notes. Many students complete homework assignments or study a day or two before an exam, but this not a good way to do it. The same day you leave a class, study and read over the material. Complete the homework the same day while all of the concepts are fresh on your mind. This also helps you figure out where you need more help or questions you may have. You will have time to meet with your professor and ask questions in plenty of time before the exam.

While reading your text material, be sure to read carefully and be contemplative. You can frame questions around the text to help yourself better understand. Highlight important key phrases or words and make notes on these. When you finish reading a chapter, go back and read out loud the material that you highlighted.
Where you study is extremely important. Choose a place that has good light, temperature and ventilation. Turn off cell phones, televisions or other distractions and put them out of sight. Organize your time by making a realistic weekly schedule and hold yourself accountable for sticking to it. Do not try to do all of your studying in one session. Your ability to learn and understand is greater in shorter sessions than in long ones. Take a 10 minute break for each hour that you study.

Don’t be afraid to ask professors for help if you need it. They all have office hours for this type of situation and are glad to clarify concepts. Stay on schedule, study a few hours every day, read, complete homework and you will be prepared for those college exams!!

College Highlight of the Week – Georgia College

Georgia College was founded in 1889 and is the designated public liberal arts college for the University System of Georgia. The four schools at Georgia College include Liberal Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Health Sciences. There are 5,600 Undergraduate students and 1,000 Graduate students in attendance. The Princeton Review named it the “Best Southeastern College” and it is the only public institution to be named as “College of Distinction” in Georgia for eight consecutive years.

According to Georgia College, their theme “Connecting What Matters” means that they are serious about connecting students to what matters most to their future success as a leader in their profession and community. They provide an alternative to large research universities by offering small class sizes, group projects and one on one work with professors.

The central campus consists of about 43.2 acres in the heart of Milledgeville, Georgia, near the grounds of the former state capital. Over $150 million has been invested in the campus over the past few years, including new classrooms, enhanced academic facilities, and the addition of a new Library and Instructional Technology Center which can accommodate over 1,000 students. The university has also invested heavily in technology and was recognized by Intel as one of “the 50 most wired campuses in the country.”

There are seven resident halls and six apartment buildings for student housing. Students and parents have peace of mind knowing that Georgia College was named “Number one safest campus in Georgia.” Students can get involved by choosing from over 200 clubs and organizations, attending or becoming a part of varsity athletics, or participate in intramural sports from archery to flag football.

Information sessions and tours at Georgia College are offered during Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. These begin with discussions about admission procedures, possible majors, student life, housing and financial aid. Then a student ambassador will give a tour of the campus and dorms. For more information on tours, click here.

Incoming freshman have competitive grade point averages, strong SAT or ACT scores and need to provide a well written personal essay. To visit the admissions website, click here.

School Highlight of the Week – Whitefield Academy

Whitefield Academy is a Christ Centered College Prep School located in Atlanta, Ga for grades Pre-K through 12th . The school was formed in 1996 by the partnership of the Cranmer School and the Mount Vernon Christian Academy and named after the 18th century Evangelist George Whitefield. The goal was to provide Atlanta with a Christian school that is “academically excellent, financially sound and spiritually alive.” The mission of the school is to “bolster Christian families in rearing young people who go on to college and life with a passion for learning, for others ahead of self, and for the living and active Jesus.”

Whitefield Academy offers excellent core courses, honors courses and AP classes that challenge students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers from the earliest ages. At present, enrollment includes 650 students, of which 100% attend a college or university. Each year, these graduates are awarded with 4-6 million dollars in scholarships. I also think their Guidance Counselors do an exceptional job in the college process.

Class sizes at Whitefield average 16 to 20 students. In the Upper School, students contribute over 6,000 hours per year in community service projects, compete in 20 Varsity sports and deliver two major drama productions per year. Juniors and Seniors participate in a Life and Planning course which helps them determine college selection, college majors and possible career paths.

In the Middle School, there are many activities and athletics ranging from golf to lacrosse. In the Lower School, students have special classes such as Art, Spanish, Library, Music, Physical Education and Computers. They begin strong composition writing in Kindergarten and are offered after school programs in chess, ballet, music, art, tennis, soccer and volleyball.

I recently visited Whitefield Academy and was very impressed with their facilities, teachers and student interactions. On my visit, I learned that they are looking at providing Ipad Devices during the school day for classroom technological experiences. These devices will be on a cart that can be locked up and stored after hours. This will enable students to utilize technology within the classroom without worrying about individual devices being left at home, forgotten or lost.

Parents and students can partake in Friday morning tours, parent information coffee and family open houses. The first steps are to complete an online application and then schedule required testing (Joint Admissions Testing Program for K-5 and SSAT for 6-12). One parent or guardian must profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and students must have commendable behavior records.

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School Highlight of the Week – Woodward Academy

Woodward Academy is an independent, co-educational college-preparatory school for grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12 located on two campuses within the Atlanta metropolitan area. The main campus (K – 12) is in College Park and the North campus (Pre K – 6) is in Johns Creek. With over 2,700 students, Woodward Academy is the largest independent school in the continental United States including families from a diverse range of faiths and ethnicities.

The academy’s Mission is to combine the proud traditions of Atlanta’s oldest college preparatory school with an innovative, challenging and well-rounded educational experience. In a broadly diverse and caring community, Woodward embraces the uniqueness of each individual. Guided by core values of excellence, character and opportunity, they champion student success.
Woodward Academy was founded in 1900 as Georgia Military Academy for boys. The school became coeducational and the military curriculum was dropped in 1966 when the school was changed to its current name. There are 300 certified faculty members, 85% of these hold Master’s degrees and 6 hold Doctorate degrees. The student to faculty ratio is 1:10. The school’s graduating class typically sends 100% of its members to college! They also collectively earn around $14 million in scholarship awards. This is a wonderful characteristic to have.

The Academy offers 22 AP courses in the Upper School and also has an acclaimed Transitional Program that offers students with learning disabilities special courses through 10th grade. After 10th grade, those students are mainstreamed in to traditional classes. There are 18 Varsity sports as well as a variety of performing and visual arts classes available.
As for Admissions, interviews are required for all Main Campus applicants for grades three and above. Once the Admissions Office receives an application, the parents are then contacted to arrange an interview, in which they prefer both parents attend. During the interview, parent and students will obtain information about programs and services offered at Woodward Academy

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College Highlight of the Week – University of Georgia

The University of Georgia was founded in 1785 and is the state’s oldest institution of higher learning. Their motto is “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things.” UGA is located in Athens, which is a city setting on a 759 acre campus. Over 140 degree programs are offered including baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. The University has renowned graduate programs in its College of Education and Law School.

Kiplinger ranked The University of Georgia 6th in its 2012 list of “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” issue and is also ranked 21st overall among public national universities in the current 2013 U.S. News and World Report. It is a more selective school with an acceptance rate of 63% and early acceptance rate of 73.2%. The student to faculty ratio is 18:1 and 38.6% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Although attending a large university, students can still get to know professors.

The most popular majors at UGA are currently Psychology, Finance and Marketing. The campus has 13 libraries, offers tutoring services, a health center and 24 hour campus security.
The University is known for its vibrant student community and the town of Athens was rated among the best sports towns in the country by ESPN. There are more than 600 students clubs and organizations, including nearly 60 Greek Chapters. That leaves a list of options for students with all interests. The average freshman retention rate is very high at 93.8%, which is a good indicator of satisfaction among students. The Ramsey Center at UGA is the student recreational and athletic facility located on East Campus. It is one of the largest student athletic recreation facilities in the U.S. with 3 pools, 8 full length basketball courts, 44 ft. high climbing wall, 10 racquetball courts, 19,000 square ft. of weight training space and much more!
The application deadline is January 15th, October 15th for early action and the fee is $60.
Instate tuition and fees are $9,842.00 and $28,052 for out of state tuition.

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