Preparing for college as a 9th grader (Part 3)

  1. Establish good study habits


Studying takes up a lot of time in college. And, for better or worse, there isn’t the same infrastructure in college that there is in high school for studying. Mandatory study halls and time left at the conclusion of class to get started on your night’s homework will be a thing of the past once you get to college. As a result, it’s a good idea to start developing successful study habits today so that you may reap the benefits for many years to come. It’s vital to note at this point that there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach to learning. It’s possible that the study methods that work for your friends or classmates won’t work for you.

So, how do you go about studying? Do you think you’re most productive first thing in the morning? Or till the wee hours of the morning? Are you alone in your room or in a coffee shop with a bunch of friends? Do you like to be alone or to listen to music? You’ll save a lot of time (and maybe pain) in college if you figure out your learning style and develop good study habits now.

  1. Perform a college scan


You don’t need to go on college campus visits or schedule interviews with admissions officials at your chosen institutions as a high school freshman. These are measures you should think about doing throughout your junior year of high school. Rather than conducting a conventional college “search,” you can consider conducting a college “scan.” Again, this entails asking yourself some fundamental questions about what you want to get out of college, screening institutions to see if they meet your requirements, and limiting down schools depending on your choices. Geographically, where would you prefer to study? What size school do you want to go to? What kinds of specialized academic opportunities (such as study abroad programs or internships) would you want to have? This first scan will help you have a more realistic idea of where you’ll eventually apply when you finish high school and the college application process approaches.

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