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- get into a better college
- choose a major based on your interests
- graduate with less student debt
- find a personally-rewarding job
- master personal finance, and compound interest
- eliminate debt
- save money for your first investment
- start a business online
- quit your job
- incorporate
- build relationships
- improve your credit score
- negotiate terms on a mortgage, buy a home

Although I graduated from a top prep-school, and went on to study at a world-class university, I still lacked guidance about several crucial areas concerning my education, causing me to flounder after graduation, unable to settle into a career. Firstly, I was unaware of how the college you attend could shape your future prospects in the world. Nobody was there to counsel me about the value and use of a college education, helping me to find a career major that would satisfy and fulfill me personally. Further, no-one warned me against taking on heavy student loans, and that there were alternative sources of funding, and ways to test out of courses, saving tuition fees and time to graduation. It should be on the TV that you can take AP Exams and CLEP Exams, and what they can do for you. I had heard of them of course, but didn't feel to bother studying or signing up even. Finally, it's often overlooked that you can begin study in a local community college, and transfer to a regular 4-year university within your state at a very reasonable cost.

Search for the best colleges and universities that you can get into, given your current grades and SAT or ACT test scores. Further, we offer test-prep practice to improve your college entrance exam results. Finally, there are pages detailing the most popular college majors, and the likely career paths that graduates in each major may pursue.

In order to progress, given limited funding, need content and to start working together with people. Consider the Philippines, jails in the USA, and kids teaching other kids, especially in basic primary-school subjects, music, and languages. Also, consider advertising for retired teachers, and in nursing homes, hospitals, for older people who want to share what they have learned.

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Getting Better Grades (GPA)

One of the easiest ways to improve your grades is to choose the right classes. I don't mean the easiest classes, in fact, but the classes that you find interesting. Nothing spells success like attending all your classes, even the 8:00 ones, and paying full attention. You can't pay attention if you're falling asleep, either from too much partying the night before, or simply from boredom. Just sitting in the class, front and center, in the first row if you can get it, and listening with awareness will help you absorb the materials. If you can't get motivated (or even excited) to learn from your instructors, you may need to take a step back, and get in touch with the reasons why you're in college in the first place.

Every professor has a different personality, and system for running their classes, so make an effort to learn what the professor wants. Not only read the syllabus, but study the grading system that's going to be used for the class. Also, get a bulletin board for your bedroom, to put above your desk. Post the course syllabus for each class on the bulletin board, and highlight deadlines, as well as the requirements for the course. You're not going to get all A's if you miss deadlines, and fail to complete assignments. Go a step further at all times; type everything you write, and print it out on decent paper.

Professors like to follow the texts they assign. It's to supplement their lectures, and discussions from class. You can't skimp on buying textbooks, but you may be able to get the previous edition as a used book on Amazon or Alibris. Read all of the assigned material, twice. Sounds obvious, right, but who really does that? I'll tell you who, people that get 99% scores on exams. When your professor assigns a given chapter, read the whole darn thing, including the opening vignettes, the case studies, tables and exhibits. At the same time, highlight parts of the text that you feel are the most critical. For example, if vocabulary is vital, the textbook will let you know that by having terms and their definitions printed in the margins of every chapter.

If you're falling behind in a class, and the lectures seem too dense, get help before the situation becomes impossible. Some students are too shy to admit difficulty, or just don't realize there is free tutoring available. You can study all you want, but in order to achieve the grades you want, you need to go further than remembering facts, and get a firm grasp on the material.

Try to get organized. It's one thing to set aside time to study in the evening, but do you know what you want to accomplish, and have goals to reach, before deciding to quit? Ask yourself questions about what you're learning, like you were writing quizzes for your classmates to take the next day. Study in short intervals of 30 to 60 minutes. After reading a lot or solving a lot of problems, your brain needs to relax for a bit, but don't let the breaks dawdle beyond 10 minutes or so. Further, review your textbook briefly before every class, not just before exams. It's like a mini-cramming session every day, and the chapter you just read will be reinforced by what the professor has to say. Also, if you have most of the lesson plan in your head, you don't have to take notes, freeing up your attention to listen more carefully. After class, review the main points that were written on the blackboard, or shown as slides. If the teacher took the time to highlight certain sections of the text, you can bet you'll see the same information posed as questions on either the midterm, or final exam.

Exams typically are a huge portion of your final grade, so you need to become an expert test-taker. The main thing is to know what to expect on exams. Every professor will let you know indirectly exactly what questions they will be asking on the big exams. They practically tell you, by raising the pitch of their voice when stressing certain points they're making, like desperately trying to see if anyone's listening. If they take the time to write (by hand) on a display or the blackboard, they're not doing that for kicks. By finding out what will be asked, you can trim down the amount of information you need to learn. Be double-sure to get a full night's sleep before any major test, whether for the SAT Test, or just a midterm exam. Even more than studying for the test, you're going to need your full mental capacity, refreshed and recharged by sleep, then fueled by a lean high-protein breakfast that isn't going to make you drowsy.

On the test itself, arrive early, and pick a seat near the windows. Not to look out and daydream while precious moments tick past, but to get good sunlight and a bit of fresh oxygen that will charge you ability to think. Take time at the beginning of the test, to read through all the instructions and make a plan of attack. If it's a multiple-choice test, look at the number of questions and the numbers of minutes you have in total. If there are more minutes than questions, you have a bit over a minute for each item. However, if there are more questions than minutes, you better scramble, as you have under a minute for each question. Knowing this, make sure you bring a wristwatch, and set your watch right on your test. It will be in the way, but that's the only way you can refer to it over and over again. You need to be around question #10 at ten minutes in, or you're falling behind. Work faster.

The time you invest will pay a dividend as you'll then be able to pace yourself, with enough time to finish all questions, and at least have a shot at an answer. Eliminate outlying answers right at the start. Average all numbers, and look for tips in the question that point you to the answer. Watch out for test-makers. They're tricky, and use a lot of psychology when designing tests. If the first answer, A, is a little too obvious, it's probably a decoy. Test makers like to group the real answers with confusing second choices nearby. Look for patterns in words in the vocabulary section. If you see words you don't know, look for parts of the word called "roots," which are usually one or two syllables long. Then try to think of other words that use those same word parts, and see if you can find any common meanings in the words. For example manual contains the word-part 'manu,' like in manufacturing, and manuscript. Manu means hand, but that's not important, only that you think up related words, and try to get a derived common meaning out of them. Then, go back to your word on the test, and see if any of the answers share some of the meaning you came up with.

Read every question fresh, word by word, like a hawk, and pay attention. Every question is a new little world, full of surprise and wonder. You're the master here, and this is no time to let your mind wander. Finally, if it's a written-answer test, know the point values of each question, and complete the most valuable ones first, while you're still fresh. Go ahead and raise your hand. If you don't understand something about how the test works, or need clarification of any question, ask the professor.


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