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Posted on Feb 15, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

There are a lot of numbers when you think about how good a college is: what’s their admission rate? What’s the average SAT score? How much is tuition? What’s the graduation rate, job-placement rate, etc., etc.
It comes down to three categories: what school can you get into, what school can you afford, and what school can get you a job. And while you should consider all these important numbers, you also need to remember the college’s primary job – making you better educated.
But then that’s your job, too.
Steps to Improve Your Education
  1. Advanced Placement classes. Taking AP or Honors classes may seem like a given, but only 16% of students at any one time take them. Taking even one a year can greatly improve your education and your college prospects. Just make sure you know which Advanced Placement class (or classes) can help you. Have a goal.
  2. SAT/ACT prep. SAT or ACT prep materials not only improve your chances of getting into a good college, they reinforce what you learn in the classroom and can even point out problems area or materials you’ve forgotten.
  3. College Prep Reading List. Your English teacher will assign you classic books to read, but that alone won’t be enough to broaden your horizons. Select additional classics from a reading list specifically designed to improve your vocabulary, knowledge, communication skills, and critical thinking abilities.
  4. Writing Skills. It’s a big complaint among employers and colleges – graduates lacking in effective written (and sometimes oral) communication skills. Text speak has found its way into term papers, essays and company memos. Instead, keep a journal where you don’t rely on shorthand to express your views. Make sure your journal isn’t a simple list of what you did that day. Use it to express your opinions, thoughts, and feelings about the day’s activities and accomplishments. Also, be sure to go over essay writing tips so that you understand how to communicate logically and professionally. With these two in hand, everyone will know what you mean.
  5. Research Skills. Research skills are essential to college and academic success. These days, that largely means looking things up online, but that doesn’t mean stopping at the first page of search results. Learn how to specifically find what you want and ensure its accuracy. And don’t give up on traditional methods. A lot is on the web, but a surprising amount of academic information remains buried in books, newspaper articles, essays and old-fashioned interviews with experts.
RSC’s program helps students with each of these critical steps for improving your education. These steps are designed to help you improve your academic performance, but we also track all that other information, too – like graduation rates, SAT scores, tuition, admissions rates, and more – because you really do need to find colleges that can help you finish school and land in rewarding careers.
Just make sure you’re ready to meet them more than halfway. You need the skills to get into the colleges that can help you most. RSC can help you there, too.


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