Here is a way to understand the value of doing something each day to achieve the goal of getting into the college of your choice. Imagine receiving the acceptance letter from the college of your choice, arriving on the campus as a freshman, and attending your first class. Be very specific as you think about this. For example, you might even think about where you will be standing when you open the letter. Be aware of the fact that if you are beginning your junior Year, you have approximately 365 days to accomplish the goal of applying to college: choosing colleges of your choice, visiting those colleges, taking the SAT and/or ACT, and completing the Common Application, including any required supplements. Remember that thinking about all of these tasks in advance helps to prioritize and accomplish them in a less stressful manner. Don’t wait; begin today.
Okay, ready to begin? Remember to keep your calendar in a highly visible place, so that preparing for college remains on your “radar.” If possible, use a large wall calendar because this helps a person see the relationship between the months and days. Another alternative to a wall-size calendar is hanging only the current month on the refrigerator and writing the tasks accomplished and those that need to be achieved on it. Whichever size calendar you pick, using it is the key to a less stressful experience.
General conversations about going to college will help to determine which tasks should be a priority. Of course, attaining the highest grades possible is a high student’s central task. Many students do not understand how to determine which activities need to be accomplished first. Using a To-Do List is a perfect solution to this problem.
A To-Do List is a prioritized list of all tasks that a person needs to accomplish in a day. Begin by creating this list for one day. Follow these steps for a daily list:
- List all tasks that need to be accomplished.
- Write the number 1 next to each task that must be done that day. For example, a homework assignment represents something that must be done that day.
- Write the number 2 next to each task that should be done after all the number 1 tasks have been accomplished. For example, working on a paper that is due the following week.
- At the end of the day, move all of the tasks that you didn’t complete to your next list: tomorrow’s To-Do List.
- If a task keeps moving from list to list, evaluate why you aren’t doing it or if it really needs to be accomplished.
- Remember that many highly accomplished people use a To-Do List. Try using one to achieve your goals more easily.
NOTE: Don’t forget there is still time to take the SAT or ACT if you are senior. If you are a junior, the EA Team suggests that you take the exam as soon as you can.
Registration for the November SAT is currently in progress and that session will begin on September 29. Each EA Test Prep session lasts for six weeks and ends the week before the exam is given. If you want the EA Team to help you prepare for the SAT or the ACT, please give us a call at 845.582.0017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.