Back-to-School Tips That Best Prepare You for College


College Admissions tips to get you started for the new school year. This means you: freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors!

Read our tips that will help you get ready, whether you are a freshman just on your way to high school, or a senior counting down the months until college.

Read our tips that will help you get ready, whether you are a Freshman just on your way to high school, or a Senior counting down the months til college.

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Finalize your college application list and visit a few more colleges early this fall. If you visited over the summer, keep in mind you will get a better idea of student life when schools is back in session!

Click HERE to learn how to get the most out of your college visit.


If you haven't already, start thinking seriously about your extracurricular activities and how they represent who you really are. If you are inclined to take leadership roles, start working to hone those skills. Junior year is one of the most important years for you. Begin an SAT or ACT prep class and take the exam at least twice. Get a realistic idea of what kinds of scores they schools you like are really looking for. College Board's Big Future site has a great college search feature that shows you what schools are looking for.

Click HERE to learn what test scores colleges are looking for.


Freshman year has passed and you have a better idea of what to expect in high school. You should be honing in on your study skills which are essential for success in high school and college.  Not feeling too confident? Sign up for a study skills workshop or follow a checklist to give you a head start this fall.

Click HERE for a Study Skills Checklist.


High School, here I come!! Get yourself prepared by purchasing school supplies, shop for back to school outfits so you look spiffy, and finish summer reading. Visit your high school before school starts to find your locker, practice your locker combination, and map out where your classes are located. Speaking of maps, now is a great time to begin thinking about how you are going to map out your classes for the rest of high school. Colleges really want to see that you are taking the highest level classes you can achieve in.  Not sure whether to take AP, honors, or standard classes? Read on for a guide that will help you plan ahead!

Click HERE to learn which high school classes you should be taking.

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The Insider's Guide to Education provides insight from an education professional about topics of interest in education. From how to motivate your child to read to study tips and college planning, you will be given insight for students of all ages. The Insider's Guide is sponsored by Estelle Finkel Center for Learning.  The professionals at Estelle Finkel provide tutoring, SAT and ACT test preparation and general tutoring for elementary school, middle school and high school age students in subject areas including reading, writing, math, social studies, Spanish and more.  Visit our website for more information.

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