June 17, 2016 By:
http://admissionado.com/college/tips-to-prep-for-and-take-the-new-sat/ This is a guest post written by Chelsea Fanning of University Language Services. If you’re going to be taking the SAT in May or June of this year, you’re in luck, because there are tons of resources available to help you prep. The best way to prepare for the New SAT is to get familiar with the redesigned test (which we’ll go over later in the post) in addition to focusing on finding a study method that works for you. For instance, if you’re the sort of person who needs structure and thrives in group settings, an SAT class taught over a course of several weeks is ideal. Alternately, if you prefer to study individually you could purchase a practice book and invest in a private tutor. Consider Utilizing Free SAT Prep Options What’s really great about the new SAT, though, is that when it comes to prep materials there are now also a lot of great free options. So whether you‘re an international student or a US citizen who previously could not afford SAT prep classes, you can now get the help you need for free. Check out Kaplan’s free online classes and Khan Academy’s free study materials. Review Important Historical Documents We also suggest that you spend some time brushing up on US historical documents. All of the texts you’ll see on the New SAT are actual historical documents and if it’s been awhile since you’ve read them, you might find the language a little tricky – especially on test day when stress is in play. Take a minute or two and reread the Declaration of Independence and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream Speech, among others. It will help you familiarize yourself with the style of documents you’ll be asked to analyze on the new SAT, even if the texts you prep for don’t appear on your actual test. TIPS FOR WHEN YOU’RE ACTUALLY TAKING THE NEW SAT When it comes to actually taking the test, we have a few quick tips to help you do your best. First, all of the sections are now considerably longer. This is both a good thing and a potentially bad thing. Concentrate On Maintaining A Good Pace It’s good because you won’t necessarily feel the pressure of the clock beating down on you (some sections on the old SAT were only 10 minutes!). But, on the other hand, it means that you have to pace yourself accordingly. It’s up to you to keep an eye on the time and make sure you’re moving at a good pace. Utilize New Question Format To Your Benefit Always remember, you can skip a question and come back to it if you’re having trouble focusing on it or remembering how exactly to approach it. And because there is no longer a penalty for answering a question incorrectly, it doesn’t hurt to guess. Another great feature of the new SAT is that there are now only four answer choices, instead of five. So if you can eliminate two choices you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right! Keep The Optional Essay In The Back Of Your Mind The other reason it’s important to pace yourself is because the optional essay is now the last section on the test. Students who took the old SAT often felt that the essay portion was the most draining. If you’re going to complete the essay, you’ll want to make sure you have enough energy to tackle it. Make sure you take full advantage of all your breaks, drinking plenty of water and refueling to keep your energy levels up. Even though the essay is optional and only about 25 colleges are currently requiring it, we still highly recommend that you complete it. Why? Well, for one thing you might end up deciding that one of those 25 or so schools that require it is your dream school. It would stink if you couldn’t apply because you decided not to complete the SAT essay. The other reason we suggest you complete the essay is since most schools don’t require it, by choosing to write the essay you’re demonstrating that you’re a high achieving student who doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Of course, we’re just speculating here; there isn’t any hard data yet to show exactly how schools will evaluate students who submit the essay portion versus students who don’t, but there certainly isn’t any harm in completing it. After all, it may be that extra something that pushes your admissions application in to the yes pile.

May 27, 2016 By:
The NCAA’s three divisions were created in 1973 to align like-minded campuses in the areas of philosophy, competition and opportunity. http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/ncaa-101/our-three-divisions

September 10, 2016 By:
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March 16, 2016 By:
Go all out to ensure that junior year is the apex of your high school career. http://admissionado.com/college/college-application-planning-tips-for-high-school-juniors/ Congratulations! You made it to junior year. Now comes the fun part: making it through junior year. Many students report that the transition between sophomore and junior year is even more difficult than the transition between high school and college. Seriously. But we here at Admissionado think that’s just a bunch of hype, a way for older kids to scare the young ones. The truth is that yes, junior year can and should be rigorous, both in academics and extracurricular activities. The key word here is “should.” Sure, you can coast through the year, which happens to be the one most heavily scrutinized by college admissions committees, but we don’t recommend it. You’ve got to go all out, maximizing your course load and activity schedule, in order to ensure that junior year is the apex of your high school career. Here are some quick tips to help you plan for greatness during your junior year of high school. GRADES: Ideally, your grades have been solid throughout high school. If they haven’t, here’s the chance to prove yourself. The next best thing to a GPA that is consistently high is one that improves over time. It shows that you’ve recognized your faults and increased your efforts accordingly. Also, your course load during junior year should be as rigorous as possible. Challenge yourself with the most difficult courses, including honors and AP classes. Finally, and this is a huge tip, make sure to take the AP tests for all of your AP classes. Even if you’re not going for college credit, it shows commitment and follow through, qualities prized by admissions committees. ACTIVITIES: Just like with academics, activities should be maxed out during junior year. In school-related clubs, you should angle for a leadership position or two (or more!). Becoming a leader within a club you love isn’t about the title. It shows that you are passionate about the activity, and in the minds of admissions committees, this passion translates to meaningful participation in your future college community. Also, you shouldn’t feel the need to join a million clubs; you’re angling for depth not breadth here. Finally, starting your own activity, whether inside or outside of school, is always impressive. STANDARDIZED TESTING: You should plan on taking standardized tests more than once during junior year. For SAT takers, consider taking the test in January then again sometime in the spring. If you haven’t achieved the superscore you desire, you can take the test a third time in October of your senior year—after some summer prep work, of course. The same advice goes for the ACT. Also, if you’re unsatisfied with your performance on the SAT, you can always hop aboard the ACT train, but we recommend doing this sooner rather than later so you have adequate time to prepare for the new test. Finally, students aiming for Top 25 colleges should plan on taking the SAT II during junior year, likely in the spring. ORGANIZATION: This may seem like obvious advice, but keeping organized is crucial during your junior year. You’re going to be juggling a lot of balls, so making sure you’ve got a firm grip on each one is important. If you’re old school, keep a daily organizer with important dates and assignment deadlines. If you’re tech savvy, organize your life in the cloud. There are a ton of helpful apps, and you can use Apple iCal or Google Calendar to sync all your information across multiple devices. And set reminders for everything! This will keep you up-to-date and prepared ahead of time. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS: While you shouldn’t start filling out your applications just yet, junior year is the time to begin seriously considering college admissions. This means doing some research ASAP. The best place to start is the internet, scouring the websites of schools you’re interested in. These sites are incredibly helpful, with information on academics, activities, and even virtual tours. You should also plan on visiting colleges, if possible. For learning all about a school, there’s no substitute for talking to current students. It’s seriously the best way to learn about the pros and cons of different institutions. ESSAY FODDER: During junior year and the summer before senior year, you want to be participating in activities that could potentially become material for your personal statement. However, it’s important to remember that, to paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, it’s the journey not the destination that matters. You shouldn’t participate in something just because it would make for a good essay. Rather, impressive essay material should be a happy byproduct of the participation itself. RECOMMENDATIONS: By the end of junior year, you should figure out who you’d like to write your recommendations. Then, you should ask these potential recommenders and lock down at least three. The best people to write your recommendation do not necessarily have the most impressive titles. They should be the teachers/coaches/mentors who know you best and can speak to your strengths. These qualities are what make for a solid letter of recommendation. TIME FOR YOURSELF: Amidst all of this craziness, it can be easy to lose yourself and get totally stressed out. Make sure you set aside time to do activities that you like, and treat this time as a reward for a job well done on other things. Love to play video games? Set aside a few hours at the end of the week to indulge, after you’ve finished everything else you need to do. More of an outdoorsy person? Plan for a weekend of hiking or camping to follow a week you anticipate as being particularly stressful. Whatever your pleasure, make sure you take care of yourself throughout the year!

December 10, 2016 By:
Our health influences our daily operations. It is advisable to invest in your health among other factors in life. All learning institutions are expected to meet various health standards to acquire permission of operating. It is important for every establishment to have a health facility. This will make it easy to tend to students experiencing different health issues on time. Lecturers and counselors encourage learners to study various ways of enhancing their health while in college. Students that often fall ill will find it difficult to deliver academic tasks within the expected time. Therefore, they use http://www.queensland-assignment.com/. Creation of awareness through forums and issuing pamphlets enable learners to understand how to take care of their health. Sex education is prioritized since most of the students are involved in sexual relations with their partners. The management ensures that protective measures are put in place to make sure that learners do not disrupt their study program as a result of health issues. Various medical practitioners and counselors are invited to talk to learners on sexual issues. The introduction of sex education as a common unit in most universities has helped to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted diseases among the members.

June 9, 2016 By:
There are many advantages that stand to be reaped from the massive advancement attained in this century in the field of information and technology. College students now have easier and more advanced ways of gaining knowledge. There is also a better and more efficient way to exchange knowledge and information. However, one advantage may be overlooked as being trivial but at times, it becomes thoroughly necessary. I am talking of writing services. [br] Through the internet, the student is able to have access to the services of the top professional writers. These writers become quite useful when the student has a mountain of assignments which has to be completed within an oddly short period of time. Online writing services such as may step in this situation and come up with essays on behalf of the student. These essays are not only completed in a short time, but there are so perfectly done that the student is almost always guaranteed of an A when the essay is graded. [br] One of the downsides of online writing services is probably the fact that the student has to pay for these services. Even though the cost of a hiring a writing service varies depending on a number of factors, the price is not always cheap

February 4, 2016 By:
http://www.smartcollegevisit.com/2016/02/a-parents-biggest-fear.html#sthash.ZS1lfpkx.4SyceRnE.dpbs A parent’s greatest fear is that something terrible will happen to their child and, for the parents of Nicole Madison Lovell from Blacksburg, Va., that fear was realized this past weekend. Thirteen year-old Nicole Madison Lovell was reported missing sometime after midnight on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Over the weekend, two Virginia Tech students were arrested on charges related to her abduction and death. parent's greatest fear According to the FBI report on the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) website, in 2014, there were 466,949 entries in the NCMEC database for missing children. Lovell’s story made national headlines and was reported on by a wide range of local and national news and media outlets ranging from the Roanoke Times to CNN to Teen Vogue. And for good reason, Nicole required daily medication related to her condition as a liver transplant recipient. To go more than three days without the medicine would surely result in her death. An alert was posted on local television stations and on HelpSaveTheNextGirl. Her body was discovered Saturday afternoon about 100 miles away from home. The exact cause of death has not yet been reported. Two Virginia Tech engineering students, David E. Eisenhauer, 18, of Columbia, Maryland, and Natalie Keepers, 19, also from Maryland, have been arrested on charges related to Lovell’s abduction, death and disposal of the body. News of a missing child is always disturbing and resonates with every parent’s greatest fear that something bad will happen to their child. Yet, we rarely think our children will be unsafe in their own homes. Lovell’s story includes a cyber trail that may prove to involve online teen dating sites where it has been reported that she was an active participant. This is where is gets tricky for parents. Do you know what your teen does online? I remember growing up during a much simpler time (pre-Internet) where I was told by my parents to “be home by 5 p.m. and don’t talk to strangers.” Unfortunately, for parents today, kids talking to strangers is the norm thanks to interwebs where there no filters and tempting boundaries are just waiting to be explored. Access is easy–way too easy. Apparently, Lovell was involved in online teen dating sites that her mother did not know about. Police are investigating the connections between her and Eisenhauer. Related: Near Virginia Tech, a 13-year-old’s online fantasies turn fatal Since this story broke, I have been reaching out to my online network for more information about teen dating sites and what parents can do to protect their children. Diana Graber, co-founder of Cybewise, can’t stress enough how important it is that parents to show interest in what their kids are doing online, ask questions, and most importantly, know what apps and websites their kids are using. In addition, she recommends Pocket Guardian which can alert parents when sexting or cyberbullying messages have been sent or received on their child’s phone. “Mirroring” your child’s cell phone is another strategy parents can implement. Mirroring allows parents to see all of the text messages, even deleted ones, sent to or from their child’s phone. Our college town, here in Blacksburg, has been rocked by these events. Virginia Tech’s president, Timothy Sands, released a letter of support for Tech students and the community and Blacksburg Middle School, where Lovell attended, has counseling available for the students and staff. Lovell’s story is not over and, as the investigation continues, there will be more insights on what steps we, as parents, can take to protect our children from both themselves and online danger. - See more at: http://www.smartcollegevisit.com/2016/02/a-parents-biggest-fear.html#sthash.ZS1lfpkx.4SyceRnE.dpuf

July 26, 2016 By:
FootballScoop Clemson Football – Team Commandments By Scott Roussel - July 5, 2016 ClemsonFootballTeamCommandments Clemson’s new football facility is nearing completion and it is going to be spectacular. This is the type of place that players won’t want to leave, with every modern day luxury afforded to them under one roof. With such a nice facility being built for them, Dabo wants to ensure that his players always remain focused on the Commandments that his program is built upon. Accordingly, every locker will have the following Commandments engraved into it: Clemson Football – Team Commandments Go to class and be engaged Be a good citizen Great effort: ALL THE TIME Work Ethic: NOBODY WORKS HARDER Decide to be successful (Your Choice) Expect to be successful (Your Choice) Clemson Football is 60 minutes or as long as it takes to finish Toughness! Mental and Physical Maintain a positive attitude no matter What the Circumstances Never lose faith Do everything with passion and enthusiasm Don’t expect more from your teammates that you are willing to give Have a genuine appreciation for each other’s role Be Coachable: Learn to handle criticism BE ALL IN! HAVE FUN!

February 29, 2016 By:
Middle School To-Do list In middle school you need to lay down the foundation and good habits for high school. Once you are in high school every grade counts. Finish your homework on time and turn it in. Have projects done a head of time. Do extra credit. 6th Grade To-Do List:  Maintain a 3.5 GPA or Higher (Maintaining a high GPA allows access to more schools after high school) Need help ask the teacher or guidance counselor.  Read an Hour Everyday  Help neighbors and others (Shoveling Snow, bring in groceries, help a friend with homework, etc.)  Do chores at home (Dishes, sweep, takeout the trash, and care for siblings)  Focus on your craft. (Go to team workouts, Ask DMV Mentors for Workout facilities near you, or to give you a workout to do at home on your own)  Attend position camps to better necessary skills. 7th Grade To-Do List:  Maintain a 3.5 GPA or Higher (Maintaining a high GPA allows access to more schools after high school) Need help ask the teacher or guidance counselor.  Read an Hour Everyday  Help neighbors and others (Shoveling Snow, bring in groceries, help a friend with homework, etc.)  Do chores at home (Dishes, sweep, takeout the trash, and care for siblings) You should be doing your own laundry, making your bed, getting ready for practice and no longer having to be told everything. No more forgetting personal equipment, mouthpieces, and cleats.  Focus on your craft. (Go to team workouts, Ask DMV Mentors for Workout facilities near you, or to give you a workout to do at home on your own)  Attend position camps to better necessary skills. 8th Grade To-Do List:  Maintain a 3.5 GPA or Higher (Maintaining a high GPA allows access to more schools after high school)  Read an Hour Everyday  Help neighbors and others (Shoveling Snow, bring in groceries, help a friend with homework, etc.)  Do chores at home (Dishes, sweep, takeout the trash, laundry and care for siblings)  Focus on your craft. (Go to team workouts, Ask DMV Mentors for Workout facilities near you, or to give you a workout to do at home on your own)  Attend position camps to better necessary skills.  Between 8th grade and 9th grade you should be attending your high school workouts. Don’t miss any!