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ACT Registration and Test Prep:

Tallulah Academy ACT code:  192833

Test dates, online registration, and test prep       http://www.actstudent.org

Test Prep:  http://www.schoolsoup.com/http://www.esfweb.com/http://www.testpreview.com/






NCAA Clearinghouse:



Guides to College:

Seniors: http://get2college.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Senior-Guide-to-College.pdf
Financial Aide Guide: http://get2college.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Financial-Aid-Your-Guide-to-Finding-the-Funds-for-College.pdf
Juniors: http://get2college.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Junior-Guide-to-College.pdf
Freshmen and Sophomoreshttp://get2college.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-9th-and-10th-Grade-Guide-to-College.pdf

Scholarship Searches: http://www.esfweb.com/http://www.schoolsoup.com/


Helpful Tools for Choosing a Major/Career:

What Can I do with This Major- http://careerservices.umhb.edu/what-can-i-do-with-this-major Career Exploration- http://www.esfweb.com/?page_id=131

College Board Career Search- https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

Career inventory and search for students Career search for students:  http://www.careeronestop.org


MyMajors App on Iphone or Android


Study Tips/ Learning Strategies:

Interactive flashcards- these are great for vocabulary, people, places, events, dates, scientific formulas, etc.

1. On one side of flashcard write word large in dark color

2. Using pictures and acronyms, turn the picture into the definition of the word by using different colors

3. On back of card-make a list of definitions using only one or two words

4. Quiz self or with a partner

Parts of speech in vocabulary- groups words and write in same color. Nouns-yellow, verb-orange, adjective-blue, adverb-purple

Spelling- write each syllable in a different color

History- color code flashcards into categories (people, events, dates) to create a visual image

Math- use graph paper to work problems, graphic organizers, color code steps

*Great resource websites: www.studystack.com, www.vocabularyworkshop.com, www.abcteach.com, www.ixl.com, www.adaptiveminds.com, khanacademy.com

Visual Maps:

Some children need a flow chart or a visual map to remember information. This is great for reading comprehension, science or history. Students learn how to connect events or information and turn it into a picture. Divide poster into quadrants and draw out information into a diagram. They can go back and look at poster and you can call questions out while they use the visual. Once you think they have it, take it away and ask questions. They will remember the pictures. Be sure and use different colors in each quadrant of the poster.

 Practice Tests:

Practice the way your child is going to be tested. Create or have your child create a practice test from notes. Have them answer it and share with a friend. Break it down so they only do one section at a time. Take tests over and over until it is in memory. REMEMBER: Just because you know it, doesn't mean they do!! Patience!

 Study Spaces:

Study for each subject in a different room or part of a room. Your brain connects to space. When studying for science for example, go to a place that has anchors on the wall. If your child is trying to remember a sequence- use a picture on the wall to visualize. Brains need placement. If you are studying for several tests in a day, move around room or space in house to study that particular subject. Doing all studying in one place does not maximize the brain's retrieval. MOVE to a new spot for each subject.

 Take Breaks: Consolidate Information

After 20 minutes of sitting, blood pools in your seat and feet. Take a short break. Make sure you have plenty of snacks and water available. Walk around for a few minutes or do anything that gets the oxygen going again!

Go to bed on an empty stomach of visual input! DO NOT WATCH TV or play video games after studying. Studying should be the last thing you do before you sleep (other than your prayers!). When you wake up, look at information again on the way to school. It will move back to the front of your brain for retrieval.

 Learn from your child's test scores.

If one method works-stick to it- if it doesn't try a new one. Try, try again until you find the method that works the fastest and helps your child "learn" the information. Nothing is actually learned until it can be transferred to a novel arena. Application is key.


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