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GREady: Get Ready for Graduate School

Do you want to attend graduate school? If the answer is yes, shift the gear in drive. This blog will help you 1) stay informed about graduate programs, 2) decide on graduate schools, 3) apply for graduate schools (including the GRE and personal statements), 4) prepare for interviews, 5) find funding and lots more. Although this site cannot guarantee a masters or doctoral position, it does promise that you will be a very competitive candidate for your desired program!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

College Preparation: Postsecondary Education

Starting in the junior year of high school, students have the option of registering for postsecondary courses. Postsecondary education basically means that students can get course credit for college during high school by attending college classes during their last two years. Most students who decide to take postsecondary classes in conjugation with the assigned high school classes usually register for general education courses since most liberal education colleges require the same classes. It is possible that by seeking this opportunity in junior and senior years that future undergrads could shed up to one year of class taking and be that much closer to receiving their college diploma. Before registering for postsecondary courses, be sure to consider the following points:

1. The College Is Near To Your High School Or Is Easy To Get To. Remember you still are not finished with your high school classes and will need to transport yourself from high school to college and back again. When scheduling classes, try to see if you can register for morning high school classes and afternoon to evening college classes. This way you will not need to go back and forth. Also, leave enough time between high school and college lectures in case you need to use the bus for your means of transportation.

2. Look At the Courses of Your Target College. Get a course booklet from the college you hope to attend after high school, and view the courses offered there to make sure the postsecondary courses you register for will match. Remember if postsecondary courses do no match up precisely, you run the risk of that college not accepting those transfer credits.

3. Check To See If Your Target College Accepts Postsecondary Credits. Some colleges will not transfer postsecondary credits especially if you have obtained them from a two year institution. Be sure to talk with the registrar’s office about this before signing up for any college courses.

4. Be Prepared To Study For Hours On End. College courses, even general education courses, will be harder than your average high school course. Remember for every one hour you spend in lecture, you must study for two hours out of the classroom. This means studying on weekends.

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