Knowledge Bound: The RSC Blog

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Posted on Jan 30, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

Maura Kastberg, RSC’s Executive Director of Student Services, takes time to answer questions our counselors receive all the time. Maura has been helping students prepare for college and career for 15 years.     Do colleges prefer the SAT or ACT? Most colleges don’t have a preference and are willing to accept either. In fact, most do. Although there is some regionalization, like the SAT being more popular in the Northeast and the ACT more popular in the Midwest, you can generally submit scores from either test. If you’re unsure, check a school’s adm... More

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 - 06:00 AM | SAT Prep | Comments (0)

The SATs are this Saturday, and no matter how much cramming you do, there’s only so much you can cram in. The best strategy for taking the SAT is to prepare weeks, if not months in advance, and of course, learn everything you can in the classroom.   Still, there are a few same-day strategies that can help improve your SAT score.   5 Last-Minute Tips for Taking the SATs   1.      Process of Elimination. Eliminate obviously wrong answers first,. i.e. the Empire State Building is in C. Atlantis. 2.      Don’t Seco... More

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (1)

The Great Recession isn’t just making it more difficult for families to survive today, it’s affecting their future prospects, too. State budget cuts make a college education more difficult to achieve, forcing students to carry greater and greater debt.   Impact of state education budget cuts:   ·        In the past year, states have cut their education budgets by 8%, or $6 billion. (Roughly half these cuts were produced by a cut in federal funding.) ·        41 states have cut their e... More

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

We like to tell students they can be whatever they want to be. It’s up to them. All they have to do is work hard and dream big.   Unfortunately, plenty of high-school freshmen are already limiting their options, even if they don’t know it.   Consider these facts:   10% of 9th graders don’t take a math class. 18% of 9th graders don’t take science. 29% of 9th graders couldn’t identify a single occupation.   Yet somehow, 90% of all 9th graders believe they will be able to graduate college – even though they’re... More

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

When our Maura Kastberg appeared on the TV program Schenectady Today, the host seemed shocked that students should really start preparing for college in 8th grade. The days of starting when you’re a junior are long gone.   You really do need four years of high school to plan for four years of college.   Advantages to Early College Prep   By starting college prep early, you can improve your   Classes. By starting early, you can structure your classes to meet your career goals and reflect your likely college major. You can focus on the advanced placem... More

Posted on Jan 18, 2012 - 06:00 AM | College Prep | Comments (0)

You look at your schedule. You have class time, homework, extracurricular activities, college prep activities, and friends to hang out with. How do you fit it all into your schedule?   Two words: time management.   Creating a Time-Management Plan   Certain events are necessary. You need to eat, sleep and go to school. Even if you creatively combine certain events, like eating and homework, you may find you don’t have enough time in the day to get everything done if you don’t plan properly.   Keep a log of your daily activities. Write down exactly w... More




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