Month: October 2016

Effective Study Habits When Preparing For The SAT

You have sat down at your desk, with those piles of books and study notes staring back at you. You turn a page, start to read and by line 5 you are lost, your mind thinking about what’s for supper.

This won’t do. You have to focus. You have to get all this information into your head or your SAT exams will be toast!

So, how can one make preparing for the SAT easier? We have a few tricks up our sleeve, on making these all-important pre-entry tests to college that much more doable.

Preparing For The SAT

Before you even embark on that treacherous journey of studying, preparing for the act is paramount. And what we mean by this is actually living and breathing all that encompasses a studious lifestyle.

Tip 1 – Read Read Read

  • You should never get enough of reading.
  • Upping your vocab skills can be the make or break with most things in life.
  • Whether it’s that interview for your first job, that conversation you will have to have with your girlfriend’s father or a SAT exam.
  • Just read everything and anything you can get your hands on.

Tip 2 – Write Write Write

  • We are so used to texting and typing that the physical action of writing with a pen can actually be the tipping point to disaster.
  • Practice writing whenever you get the chance.
  • Be it that love letter to your boyfriend, that sneaky note to your bestie during class or just a “I will be out” note to Mom before going out to visit friends.
  • You will get those hand and finger muscles flexing and bending. And believe me, you will thank us once you actually sit down for that exam.

Taking The SAT

Taking the SAT can be a nerve-racking experience, but if you have taken the time to prepare for the SAT, remind yourself that you have taken every measure you can to succeed on this test. Now simply clear you mind and allow everything you have learned to emerge.

Tip 1 – Preparation is Key

  • It seems like an obvious one, but many don’t prepare ahead of time.
  • Know when your exam date is, plot your workload out into weeks and days.
  • And know that you simply cannot cram it all in over one night.

Tip 2 – Test Yourself

  • Being in the moment of an exam environment, with the quietness, the contactlessness (no that’s not a real word) and the simple use of pen to paper, will do you well as a practice beforehand.
  • Tell your family and friends you will be offline for an hour, at least, that you don’t want to be disturbed and try and simulate the entire episode of that exam day.
  • We have many online SAT Prep Course offerings that can help you mimic that dreaded day.

Tip 3 – Key Words

  • Key words are vital.
  • When it comes to pages and pages of words that you need to some how retain and then regurgitate, you will find your brain will overflow and feel like it’s going to explode.
  • Learn how to choose the important key words out from segments of text. Not every word is useful.
  • Flashcards are a good way of remembering key words. Read an entire paragraph and then pull out the words that give that section meaning.

Tip 4 – Say it Out Loud

  • When it comes to learning, the simplest trick can be to say it aloud.
  • Reading words and words inside your head can make you go mad after a time.
  • Take a few pages and read them aloud. Be sure you are alone of course and not holed up in a corner of the library or at the dinner table.
  • One step further could be to record yourself and play this back whilst driving, bathing or when having a quiet moment on your bed. There is something to be said for the spoken word.

Preparing for the SAT need not be a daunting task at all, take a deep breath and remember what you’ve learned.

6 Effective Study Habits When Preparing For The SAT

-“6 Effective Study Habits When Preparing For The SAT.” © Copyright 2016. Prep Expert, n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2016.


Signs a College Golf Coach is Interested in You

Once you have put in the work of identifying schools and reaching out to coaches, your list of potential colleges will takes shape based on what coaches are interested in you. Not every program you contact is going to be interested in you and not all coaches’ interest is the same. It is important you know how to read a coaches behavior to gauge how interested they are. In this article we explain the common ways coaches show interest and how that show of interest lets you know how serious they are.

No Contact Means No Interest

Rule number one, if a school hasn’t contacted you (or your coaches) in any way, don’t assume they are interested. Many people think a program might be interested in them, but isn’t showing interest yet because of the NCAA contact rules. The truth is, if a college program wants you to know they like you, they will find a way and they won’t wait. There are several different types of interest from coaches and they all mean different things.

If a Coach Gives You Their Personal Contact Info, That is a Great Sign

College coaches guard their privacy and while you can often find an email address and phone number for them on the school website, their personal info isn’t listed there. If you are a high value recruit, a coach will give you their personal cell phone number. Additionally, some coaches have a personal email (not listed on the school website) and they might give you that as well, so you can easily contact them. If you are fortunate enough to get this info from a coach, use it and show interest by calling and emailing your with questions.

Personal Letters or Emails Saying “We Know Who You Are”

The next best level of contact to receive from a coach is a letter, email or phone call, letting you know they know who you are and they will be continuing to watch you. This usually means they have you ranked in the second tier of their recruiting class and your offer (whatever it will be) will need to wait until they know what is going to happen with their top ranked recruits.This is a great position to be in (most schools miss out on their top recruits). If you are getting this type of interest, you will have to be patient because your offer is going to be determined by the recruits they have ranked ahead of you.

Impersonal Letters Inviting You to Camps or to Fill Out a Recruiting Questionnaire

The introductory level of interest a college program will show you is sending generic letters inviting you to camps or asking you to fill out a recruiting questionnaire. While this is better than not receiving anything, many athletes take this to mean the program is seriously recruiting them and they don’t follow up properly. Think of this a request for a highlight video or upcoming schedule; these coaches are looking for the info they can use to make a preliminary evaluation and see if they want to follow up and watch you more. It is critical you respond to any school that shows interest and don’t stop until you are getting personalized letters or phone calls.

With the stress and anxiety of the recruiting process, it is easy to over think communications with college coaches. If a program is very interested in you they will show it. If you aren’t getting the “we are in love with you” vibe from a school, they are probably still interested, but you might not be the top recruit. Keep working at it and your options will begin to materialize.

-Frank, Written By David. “How to Know If a College Coach Is Interested in You.” How to Know If a College Coach Is Interested in You. Athnet Copyright © 2001 – 2016, n.d. Web. 28 Oct. 2016.

Verbalize and Visualize Your Shot

A common technique used by Tour professionals during their pre-shot routine is to verbalize and visualize their shots. By imagining their shot’s shape, they see a clear picture of the shot they intend to play. This mental rehearsal promotes focused, confident decisions–and that leads to good shots.


Unfortunately many junior golfers don’t take this very important step before hitting their golf shots. While some see where they want the ball to end up, they don’t see the path of the entire shot. If this sounds like you, or if you have trouble visualizing your shot, then verbally describe the shot you want to hit. For instance, if you are hitting an approach shot into a green with the pin on the left and water on the left, say in your head or out loud “I’m going to hit this PW 120 yards at the tree branch 15 feet right of the pin”. Saying it out loud will help you create pictures and clarify the shot shape. Another benefit is that it places your focus on what you want to do, not what you don’t want to do.

For more tips like these check out our LEARN blog daily.

-@golftipsmag. “Manage Your Game – Golf Tips Magazine.” Golf Tips Magazine. Copyright © 2016 Golf Tips Magazine, n.d. Web. 27 Oct. 2016.

Attend a College Golf Camp to Improve Your Chances of Being Awarded a Golf Scholarship

David Frank from recently wrote the following:

College Golf Exposure Camps offer the high school golfer an opportunity to get noticed by college golf coaches. And while this golf camp exposure alone won’t net you a scholarship offer, a 75 stroke average could help your cause.

Golf camps held on college campuses also allow you to check out the local courses and learn about the university, all while you improve your game. Generous financial aid packages can be made available for a top golfer with excellent grades.

Golf is a sport where you are playing against the course and not reacting to something your opponent does. So unlike other sports where a coach may be able to assess your talents based on what he sees in front of him, a college golf coach will generally want to see your tournament results.

There are many ways to improve your golf game, and this will be part of the program at any top golf camp. But a face-to-face meeting with a college golf coach allows him to evaluate how you respond to adversity under pressure and if you can stay calm and confident before, during, and after an important shot.

The number one reason college golf coaches reject potential players from joining their programs is bad grades. Keep that in mind and work hard in the classroom.

Another tip: Golf coaches love high school golfers who compete in other sports. It shows you are an athlete and a competitor.

When a coach meets you in person at a camp, that can be a huge advantage for you. Perhaps you don’t have top scores and haven’t played a lot of tournaments, but you show steady improvement and are quite coachable. For some coaches, that will be enough.

Most college golf coaches don’t have the budget to travel all over the country recruiting players. This means you can be easily noticed by your local college coach if you are a top high school player. It also means you will have to be proactive if you want to golf at a college outside your immediate area.

A good college golf coach can help you in your mental preparation before you ever approach the first tee. Psychological tips can go a long way in clearing the interference that leads to poor shots.

So whether you need to improve your strength, power, and range of motion or you need to work on distance control or shot trajectory, a college golf camp is a great place to work it out.

You will improve your consistency and performance and learn how to respond to the results of any golf shot. A golf camp will help you read greens, maintain concentration, and step up your game against good competition.

Check out more information and sign up for a camp NOW!! Click links below:

Ivy League College Golf Exposure Camp

Big 5 Boys College Golf Exposure Camp

Big 5 Girls College Golf Exposure Camp



-Frank, David. “College Golf Camps. Golf Recruiting Summer Camps And Showcases.” College Golf Camps. Golf Recruiting Summer Camps And Showcases. Athnet, n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

Tips for Academic Success Going into College

Making the transition academically from high school to college requires students to realize that there are greater academic expectations at the college level.  Students often have to alter the amount of time they spend studying and the way they study in order to be academically successful.  The key to academic success in college is to learn and select new study strategies appropriate for the academic task, monitor your academic progress, and evaluate your learning process.

General Academic Tips

  • Everyone needs extra help. If you’re having difficulty in a class, seek out the support you need EARLY!
  • Get to know your professors—go to your faculty member’s office hours at least twice during the semester.
  • Make an appointment to meet your advisor and get to know him or her.
  • Form study groups! Working on a team is a critical part of being an engineer and study groups help you perform better as you create a network of support.
  • Get involved—balance is key in engineering and one of the biggest predictors of success is who you choose to surround yourself with.
  • Make sure that if you work, it’s no more than 15 hours per week.
  • Repeated exposure to the material you are learning is essential to retaining.  Review to remember and remember to review!

Taking Notes

  • Go to class and take notes.
  • Make sure you label example problems, equations, theories etc.
  • Be sure to write down any explanatory remarks your professor makes about a problem (i.e. how do you get from one step to another or why a particular method was used with which particular conditions).
  • After class, read over your notes and either condense (humanities/social science classes) or expand (engineering classes) your notes in the left hand column of the paper.

Reading Assignments

  • Preview the chapter before you read the assignment.
  • Read the assignment BEFORE you go to class.
  • Take notes on your reading to keep you focused.
  • Review your reading notes.

Time Management

  • Prioritize your tasks.
  • Divide your study time into one-hour blocks and vary them throughout the week. Do your homework! Homework is usually 20 percent or more of your grade.
  • Remember the general guideline that for every credit hour of an engineering class, you should plan to spend three hours outside of class on that course during the week.  If you are taking 15 credits of engineering coursework this means you should prepare a seven-day schedule that allows for approximately 45 hours of non-classroom study.
  • Start your homework early-don’t wait until the last minute.
  • Consider a meal plan with the residence halls.

Test Preparation

  • If available, work old exams.  The methods with which your engineering professors want you to demonstrate your understanding of the material is often radically different than high school.  Even if you’ve been exposed to material before, keep in mind that chemistry, calculus, and physics exams in college are different than chemistry, calculus, and physics exams in high school.
  • Join a study group to learn information and solve problems covered in class.
  • Predict test areas & prepare for an exam at least one week prior to the exam.

Study Strategies

  • Annotation – writing notes in the margin of your textbook in your own words
  • Adapted Cornell Notetaking – taking the notes on the right side of the margin and condensing or expanding on the left hand side
  • Concept mapping – a variation on outlining in which you diagram main ideas and supporting details to learn concepts covered in class
  • Outlining – representing the ideas presented in the text by separating main ideas from supporting ideas using an outline structure
  • Practice test – a sample exam using predicted topics and the professor’s test format
  • Predicting test areas – reviewing notes and selecting topics for exams
  • Time-spaced learning – learning and reviewing course material in blocks of time that are varied throughout the week

How do you choose a strategy?

  • Talk to academic support resources about which methods may work for you.
  • What do you know about the subject?  (prior knowledge)
  • How well must you understand and remember?
  • How difficult is the textbook, manual, or article for you to read?

-“Tips for Academic Success.” Home. © Regents of the University of Colorado, n.d. Web. 26 Oct. 2016.

Mental Skills for Junior Golfers

There are some very important mental skills that need to develop in order for golfing progress to continue and for junior golfers to still be playing the game with enjoyment. This article will explore what mental skills are needed to encourage/assist a champion human and golfer of the future.

What are big mental issues that junior golfers face and why do they occur?

Rapid physical, mental and emotional change

It can be mentally tough to deal with rapid changes in hormones and appearance. Not only because the rapid growth phase affects the junior’s swing mechanics but it also can affect self-esteem and confidence levels. Some 15-16 year olds are almost full sized physical adults but mentally and emotionally they can be still pretty immature. Society can find it hard to treat them accordingly when they are looking at a giant.

Mental Skills needed:  Adaptability, strong self-image, listening skills.

Managing social media
The social media plays a huge role on the life of a teenager these days. Technology has advanced so fast that we instantly are linked in to what happens all around the world. Sporting stars these days live a different life to the rest of the population and have become almost ‘godlike’ in the eyes of many youngsters. Media highlights these points and young aspiring golfers have a mental abyss to cross to even think about becoming great at their sport. Sometimes mental issues arise with a lack of access to social media or on the other hand too much undisciplined freedom of what they can look at and time spent on it. It’s a captivating digital world now and just like adults, kids need to escape the tasks of everyday life. If the parents are not careful, the kids will get lost in the new exciting world of digital addiction.

Mental Skills needed: Self-discipline, self-awareness and task management

Parental Relations
Each family has their own set of unique struggles and personalities. Every child had an innate need to please their parents or make their parents proud. Sometimes they may not show it, but it is there! If the relationship with the parent and the junior is not carefully maintained the bond can be torn and it can cause the junior to look for bizarre ways to try and show the parents that they are good enough! e.g. raging on the golf course, not talking with them about their performances. Etc.

Mental Skills needed: – Communication skills, role understandings, emotional intelligence.

Social Relationships
Learning to manage relationships with friends is another issue that junior golfers need to deal with. Golf is a social game and played with people from all walks of life and age categories. People who you play with are starting to expect a decent conversation in a round now and interviews start happening when you win tournaments. This can be overwhelming for kids with quieter personalities if they don’t have some tools to move forward with.

Mental Skills needed: Communication skills, self-confidence, and empathy.

Time and priority management
Adolescent athletes often find it difficult to juggle school work, home chores, trying to earn a little money and training once they start reaching an elite level. It is important to create a weekly plan or have a weekly planner. If they are not well organized they often leave out an area (rest and reflection) which is easily forgotten.

Mental Skills needed: Planning, prioritizing and self-discipline.

Results: Fun & Discipline
When juniors golfers start playing it’s almost always for the reason to have fun with mom, dad or friends. As progress improves they need to learn how to introduce the disciplined elements while still keeping things fun. Most of society starts to tell them how important it is to perform well and get results. As we all know the first question 9/10 people ask you when you finish a round or tournament is, “what was your score”?

Mental Skills needed: Self-discipline, perspective and humor.

Life Choices!
It’s also the time of trying to deal with the massive question of what they should do with their life. School starts asking questions about what they should do with their career path subject choices. The new weight of discipline and responsibly gets thrust upon them more and more as each day goes by.

Mental Skills needed: Wisdom, long-term thinking vs short-term thinking skills, decision making.

Tips to improve the situation

Parents can read a few books on the area to raise your awareness of how to deal with lots of different scenarios. Other things that may help are making a time each week to have conversations about any topics other than golf. Furthermore, learning to care more about what happens at practice rather than just competition day can help emphasize what needs to really happen to get results instead of putting lots of pressure and focus on performance.

What is a good age to start structured mental training?

Good solid mental training starts from when you are born. In terms of structure and where an outside influence such as a mental coach can be very helpful, it’s around that age when they no longer want to listen to their parents! Some kids mature a lot faster than others so you really need to look at the situation on an individual basis. If you are a parent and increasing the discipline side of things you need to make sure you are also increasing the encouraging/caring side of things to keep the balance in their mind.

What is the best way to find out if a junior is interested and ready to take on mental training?

If they are snapping clubs, having tantrums on/off the course and not listening to the parent’s advice to change then that’s a definite yes—they do need to begin mental training. Another definite yes would be if they are asking questions on how to become mentally great at golf. More often than not the golfers that are willing to work on their minds are the ones that are already the better players with more of an open attitude.

-Howe, Mat. “Mental Skills for Junior Golfers (and Their Parents).” Inside Golf. Australia’s Most-Read Golf Magazine as Named by Australian Golfers. N.p., 2 July 2014. Web. 25 Oct. 2016.

Short Game Practice Drills

Here are four practice drills for you junior golfers (also used by Tour players) to start honing your short game and making more up and downs.


In order to become a genius from 100 yards and in (the scoring zone), you need to develop your feel.

A great way to practice feel is to hit the same club several distances (you can try this with your long game too). With this drill the aim is to make it instinctive how far the pin is away from you (from within 100 yards), something you’ll need to do to get to low single figures.

  1. Start at 125 yards and hit one ball to the target
  2. Move to 115 and use the same club to hit to that same target
  3. Move to 105 and change to whatever club you hit from this distance
  4. Move to 95 and hit the same club as you did from 105
  5. Move to 85 and hit whatever club you would from this distance
  6. Finish by hitting your 85 yard club from the 75 yard position.

So…you’ll have played from 6 distances and used your 3 wedges twice each, to 2 different distances.

Some players choke down on the club and change their ball position for distance control and others use swing length and tempo. Experiment with both and see what works for you. You can also repeat this drill and create more distances by using 5 yard increments.


It is very important to instill the “practice as you play” philosophy. What this means is that you simulate the golf course as much as you can.

One great short game drill is to take 20 balls and drop them around the practice green from different lies and positions. For each shot, you go through your routine just as you would on the golf course and imagine you are playing in a competition on whatever golf course you normally play (or perhaps where your next competition may be). If the ball comes to rest outside of gimme range (2ft), go through your pre-putt routine, just as you would on the course or in a competition and try to hole the putt.

When you’ve made the up and down, move onto the next ball until you’ve holed all 20. This exercise might take 40-50 minutes to perform, but it makes practice very meaningful.

What this does is:

  • Practice your routine – getting your process the same and focusing on it should be consistent no matter what the shot or situation
  • Work on your imagination and visualization
  • Simulate pressure while you practice
  • Makes practice fun, playing from different lies and trying different shots
  • Gives every shot a purpose, instead of being just another practice ball


This is great drill for improving your chipping quickly and works on using a variety of clubs from the same distance, so you can see the benefit of using less lofted clubs from around the green.

  1. From the edge of the green, pick a hole on the practice green that’s about 20-25 ft away.
  2. Take your 6-iron and go through your pre-shot routine
  3. Your pre-shot should have 3 main steps: Visualization, Feel and Trust. When you’re visualizing your shot ask yourself, where the ball will land and how it will roll out to the hole and where on the hole it will go in. When you’ve seen the shot in your mind’s eye, feel the swing you need to produce that shot. When you’re standing over the ball, say to yourself “trust it” and do exactly that.
  4. When you’ve holed your 6-iron, repeat the process your 7-iron and move all the way through to your PW. That’s a minimum of 5 shots, so see how close you can get to a score of 5 each time.


This game was devised by Mind coach, Karl Morris.

  1. From around the green, you’re going to pick 9 locations to play from, 3 easy, 3 medium and 3 difficult.
  2. Each mini hole is a par 2 and by playing all 9 holes your make the total “Par 18”
  3. Play all 9 holes and keep your score and make 18 your target.

You want to create the same pressure as if you were on the golf course, whereas on the golf course we want to reduce pressure. By thinking about your score while practicing (and trying to beat it), you get closer to the pressure you feel on the course.

- “4 Awesome Short Game Practice Drills – Free Instruction For The Mental Game of Golf.” Free Instruction For The Mental Game of Golf. David Mackenzie, 14 Oct. 2016. Web. 24 Oct. 2016.

Nutrition Tips with Rika Park

Golf Nutrition Tips for Junior Golfers

A healthy diet is an important factor for achieving peak athletic performance, especially for junior golfers.  In this article Rika Park, IJGA Strength and Conditioning Coach, gives some quick tips for a well-balanced diet.

Golf Wellness & Health Information

1. Be sure to consume enough energy (calories) every day. Low energy intake can result in:

  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Menstrual dysfunction
  • Loss of bone density
  • Increased risk of injury, fatigue and illness
  • Prolonged recovery process

2. Carbohydrates

  • Should consume 2.7-4.5 grams of carbs per pound of body weight
  • That’s 6-10 grams of carbs per kilogram of body weight for our international friends
  • Carbohydrates maintain blood glucose level during exercise and replace muscle glycogen

3. Protein

  • Should consume 0.5-0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight
  • That’s 1.2-1.7 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight
  • Protein intake is usually met by the daily diet alone
  • Very important for tissue repairing process

4. Fat

  • Should account for around 20-35% of total caloric intake
  • Consuming less than 20% of total diet does not benefit performance
  • Is a source of energy
  • Fat soluble vitamins and essential fat are important for athletes
  • A high-fat diet is not recommended

Golfers Diet Tips by Rika Park

About Rika: A native of Japan, Rika Park came to the United States when she was 14 years old. An IJGA alum, Rika trained at the International Junior Golf Academy for four-and-a-half years. She played NCAA DI golf at the University of Miami, where she majored in Exercise Physiology and minored in Sports Medicine. Rika is TPI Level 2 Certified. She can be reached at

-@ijga_. “Nutrition Tips from Rika Park – IJGA.” International Junior Golf Academy IJGA. International Junior Golf Academy, 01 July 2016. Web. 21 Oct. 2016.


Golf Course Management Tips

Course Management Strategy: How to Manage a Golf Course?

One of junior golfer’s most common mistakes in course management is not thinking ahead.  It is so important for golfers as we are approaching the tee box to play the hole backwards in our mind, thinking of where we want to place each shot.  Often it can be our tendency to try to cover as much ground as possible with every single shot. The problem with this strategy is that it can lead to taking a number of undue risks. In general, this type of action usually stems from only planning one shot at a time instead of creating a more well thought-out strategy.

For example, think of a time when you’ve been faced with a long second shot on a par five. Perhaps your ball has landed just off the fairway and is sitting in a challenging lie in the short rough. Ahead of you is 270 yards to the green (a distance you can’t reach even with your best 3-wood swing).  Chances are you’ve been in this position before and you’ve grabbed the 3-wood out of the bag thinking you might as well smash it as far as you can and try to get close enough for a short pitch shot. The problem with this decision is that you are introducing a lot of unneeded risk into your game. Hitting a 3-wood out of the rough is a difficult shot, and the low loft increases your chances of not getting the ball in the air, as well as generating quite a bit of side spin. All this leads to an increased chance of an errant shot that can require quite a bit of work to just save par.

Now let’s try a different method instead. Faced with the same shot try thinking through the hole backwards by trying to envision what shot you would feel comfortable playing next. In this case, perhaps you know that you could easily hit the green from a fairway lie at about 125 yards out. Given that you are currently 270 yards from the green, all you need to do to setup that next shot is move the ball another 145 yards! This is something which can be done fairly easily with a high lofted iron (a club that’s far easier to hit from the rough than a 3-wood).

Can you see how this approach is a much easier way of managing the course? Sure it might not be as glamorous as hitting that long 3-wood but it certainly makes for an easier par than having to scramble back if you didn’t hit that first shot perfectly!

-Golficity. “How to Score Better Through Golf Course Management.” Golficity. Golficity LLC, 09 Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2016.

10 Tips for Finding the Right College

How to Decide Which College is Right for You?

Finding the right college is one of each junior golfer’s biggest choices.  Listed below are 10 tips that will help you decide which college is right for you.

1. Curriculum – Look for the schools that offer the right courses and facilities offered for the kinds of studies you want to undertake. If you’re not sure yet, look for a school with a broad-based liberal-arts program. If you want science, make sure they have up-to-date labs, computers and other facilities.

2. Location – Decide where you want to go to college. If you need to live at home or just want to be close to home, or if you want to live in a big city with all its other attractions, limit your scope to that area.

3. Size – If you think you might be overwhelmed at a large university, look for a school with a smaller number of students. But remember, even at a larger school, after your first couple of years, classroom size gets smaller and you get to know the students in your major area of study.

4. Sports and Activities – A rich social life is an important part of college. Find out if the school you’re interested in has clubs or other organizations you can participate in. If you like big-time athletics, make sure your college has the teams in the sports you want to watch or intramural programs you can play in.

5. Religious Affiliation – If a religious orientation is important to you, find out what types of campus-based religious activities and places of worship are available.

6. Cost – Find out what the tuition, fees, room and board charges will be at your choices. You can also find out what the average student pays after financial aid is factored in. The results can be surprising.

7. Financial aid – Financial aid is available at every school you might want to attend. But some schools make aid more available than others. Private schools may charge more for tuition and other expenses, but they also tend to offer more financial aid. Get in touch with the financial aid office at your choices and inquire how they can help you.

8. Academic Standards – Find out what the average test score is for the accepted students at the college of your choice. If your scores aren’t quite high enough, you might have to emphasize other attributes to the admissions officers.

9. Visit the Campus – Make visits to a number of schools. Sometimes you can get a good feel for the campus and the people by visiting the place in person. Many schools offer open houses and campus visits on weekends. You can also take “virtual tours” at many college Web sites.

10. Talk to Students and Alumni – Nobody knows as much about a school as students who are currently enrolled and alumni who have graduated. The students can tell you about campus life and academics. The alumni will tell whether a degree from this institution fulfilled their educational expectations and how it helped them in their careers.

-Publications, School Guide. “10 Tips for Finding the Right College.” Copyright © 1995-2016 School Guide Publications, n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.

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