Top 3 Tips for At-Home Learning College Prospects
The coronavirus pandemic has confounded the college preparation process. In the current college admissions environment in uncharted territory, there are still positive steps to be taken. Adding college advising to an already overwhelmed work-from-home parent’s plate is unrealistic. Busy schedules look different now for students and priorities are shifting accordingly.
Tip #1: Master online or remote learning in an at-home learning environment
As many high schools have turned to an online learning format, not every student does well in a non-traditional, less-personalized teaching environment. If you struggle, reach out to parents, teachers or Valle Educational Consultants (VEC) for nurturing 1:1 assistance. Study patterns will need to adapt to your new schedule, so find what works best for you and consider changing things up so you don’t get into a rut.
At-home learning is an opportunity to hone qualities like resilience, flexibility and the ability to think outside the box. If grades are suffering, contact your teacher to see what types of resources are available for you to bring your grades up to where they were prior to the shift. If your teachers have not provided adequate academic structure to your days for the near-term, VEC’s comprehensive services include a productivity plan to optimize the at-home learning environment.
Tip #2: Revise planning for standardized testing
Advanced Placement (AP) Testing, the College Board, and ACT announced that they are developing resources for students to continue to prepare for and take future tests. Staying sharp amid all the noise and change is critical. College Board and ACT have canceled tests worldwide with tentative reschedule dates and the hint that additional test options will be sprinkled into the mix. Students should not despair. Millions of students have been affected by postponed or canceled tests. There is a lot of uncertainty but know that colleges have students’ best interests at heart. Colleges, for the most part, take a holistic view of students and do not wish for anyone to be disadvantaged or feel left behind during this tumultuous time.
ACT/SAT and Prep
Many people have expressed a concern about students losing momentum from their already completed ACT or SAT test prep. In an effort to maximize an at-home learning experience, consider test-optional admissions that offer alternative opportunities.
- Take practice tests and plan time for several review sessions to knock off any rusty areas during the month leading up to your test date. Breaks between test dates can be a wonderful opportunity to achieve higher composite or individual subject area scores.
- Set aside time to develop your skills and maintain continued momentum.
- Sign-up early to secure spots for future testing dates.
Tip #3: Prioritize activities that matter to admissions
Stand-out students use their time wisely looking for learning opportunities that will demonstrate qualities like constructive creativity and perseverance. Showing resilience, flexibility, and the ability to self-direct and challenge yourself through a time of adversity is important in college and life.
Resume extracurriculars should still be an important focus in an at-home learning model, but executing may look different for a period of time. Make lemonade from lemons! Think creatively to augment your required daily school tasks to underscore a passion for creating or learning. Proactively structuring your days with ample learning opportunities is an excellent way to build intellectual muscle.
Valle Educational Consultants (VEC) shepherds overwhelmed parents while empowering and coaching their students in all learning environments. VEC is a dedicated industry leader, taking pride in building personal relationships with students and guiding them in creating a productive at-home learning model that showcases unique skills and abilities. Colleges and universities seek students that bring value and enhance their campus community. VEC is your proven partner, bringing to the table practical guidance for families while helping to navigate the nuances of competitive application pools.