What to do if You Didn’t Get Accepted into College

If you did not get accepted into college and want to continue your education for your career goals such as nursing or accounting, don’t give up.  You can still get into college.  For students who have struggled with grades, SAT/ACT test scores and Compass Exam scores, you will need to put in extra time to study and build your basic skills.

There is no substitute for not having the academic background.  Take the full year to build critical skills such as Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Writing and Math.  Not only will you need to improve your academic level in these areas to improve your test scores, you will need to have mastered these subjects to do well in your college courses.  It is never too late to learn.  Don’t look at this time as failure, but as a new opportunity to learn the concepts that you did not learn or missed while in school.  The good news is that you are still young and have your entire life ahead of you to succeed.  When you get to college after taking the year to better yourself, you will find out that not all college freshmen are 18 years old and just graduated from high school.  You will not be the only student that did not enter college directly out of high school.

We have had students to come to the learning center everyday for a year to fill in gaps in math, reading comprehension, grammar and writing to prepare for college.  Those students took that year and worked hard in class and on home assignments to gain the knowledge and confidence needed and successfully went on to college.

We have had adult students to come to the learning center to improve Reading, Math and Writing skills after working for years and realizing that higher education would improve their ability to receive raises and job promotions.

If you are a student just graduating from high school, don’t be discouraged that you did not enter college in the fall.  Set a new time table for yourself.  Be determined that you will take the time, put in the effort to study and learn to improve your skill set.  Only you can determine your future.  Decide if you want to work hard and put in the effort to learn now and be ready to move to the next level by next year or if you want to wait until you are older and have more responsibilities when you return to schooling.  It’s your decision and your choice to make.  Following the old adage of doing things now and not putting off tomorrow what you can do today is always the best strategy for life successes.

Starting the School Year Strong

A new school year.  A new start.  Start the school year strong with the focus on organization.  Keep the course syllabus and all class handouts in three-ring notebook binders.  Have a binder for each course. Use a color coding system to help quickly identify the correct notebook.  For example, if you have a green math textbook, use a green notebook for Math.  Use a blue binder with your blue science book and so forth.  The color coding system works when you are short on time and need to get the correct books from your locker during class changes.

Use the binders daily to keep your papers neat and orderly.  When your teacher gives you a handout or returns graded assignments, put them into your notebook and make sure the grade on the assignment matches your grade in your computer student portal.  Look at your recorded grades weekly to make sure your assignments have been entered correctly.

Read your course syllabus.  Make sure you fully understand your teacher’s expectations on assignments and class content to be covered for the semester or quarter.  Write down all homework assignments including page numbers, due dates and other teacher requirements.  Don’t try to remember everything.  No matter how much you think you can remember it all, you won’t be able to.  Write down everything in your agenda book so that you can refer back to your assignments and reflect back over your day.

The most important thing is that you don’t get behind.  Look at your class syllabus and read upcoming chapters before the lesson is taught in class.  If the teacher teaches a new topic that you don’t understand, don’t wait to ask for help.  Ask questions in class. Find out if your teacher has before or after school tutoring hours.  Ask your classmates or get a tutor.  Work ahead of the class.  Read the syllabus and take note of the upcoming topics and read the chapter in advance.  When the teacher explains the topic in class, you will have confidence and a better understanding of the class material.

Get organized and stay organized. Read and study ahead. Ask questions and get help when needed to have a successful year so that you can start the school year strong and make the top grade.