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I think this really needs to be said to all the high schoolers freaking out about AP exams, SAT scores, and ACT scores. Hell, even to those who are applying/applied to colleges or other things. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine your worth. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine how smart you are. The number that you end up reading off the collegeboard site does not determine your future. Only you, as a person, can determine that. I know it’s hard, I’m still in high school too. But I think you guys need to, have to, know that even if you get all A’s and a 1450+ (or 2200+) on the SAT that it doesn’t automatically guarantee you a job. You could end up going to Stanford, MIT, or Harvard but end up in a bad place. The school you end up going to doesn’t necessarily grant you a job either. Okay, yes, it makes it a little bit easier but either way, you’re going to have to work hard for everything to get where you want. All of you are so much more important than some score or letter grade. Y’all are gonna do great, as long as you have the passion and drive to work for it. Having straight A’s and perfect scores does not mean you will survive in the real world. Now, this isn’t a way to make you feel better or myself (since I’m not a straight A student either) about all of this because honestly it’s all so true.
Good luck on your AP exams and everything else though. :) You guys got this.
**This is a list of helpful sites pulled from multiple masterposts. I will be updating this as I find new things.**
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ACT Masterpost FREE MATERIAL Vocab
For every high school student studying an AP test FREE MATERIAL (some SAT/ACt stuff too) Study guides
Art History Smarthistory: a multimedia web-book about art and art history Course-notes Barrons pdfs
Calculus AB & BC Cheatsheet (AB & BC) Stuff You MUST Know Cold for AP Calc (AB) If you see that, do this (AB)
Chemistry AP Chemistry Notes Podcasts Quick Review Periodic Table
Comparative Government and Politics Government Comparisons Cramsheet Study Sheet (opens as word doc)
Computer Science Review: Part 1
English Language Rhetorical Strategies AP Language Review
Environmental Science Vocab to Know Tips APES Review
European History STUDY GUIDES Exam Review Sheets Tom Richey
French Language Cram packet
Human Geography Course-notes
Macroeconomics Every Graph You Need To Know (YouTube) Cram packet
Microeconomics Study guide
Psychology sparknotes study guide hella good review sheets ton of flashcards woah mind map of social psych rough outline of the year psychologists to know crash course ~ hank green intro to psych post free textbook resources study playlists help u bunch of review materials very good cram packet lots of notes from a post outline of erikson’s theory mind map of disorders how to stay motivated!!
Statistics Cram packet Inference Procedures AP Stats formulas
U.S. Government Cheat Sheet Review Materials Tom Richey
U.S. History Cram Packet: part 1, part 2 The Giant AHAP Review Unit study guides Quizlet sets The Comprehensive AP US History Study Guide The man that saved me Part 1 Part 2
World History Cram Packets and Review Sheets Cram packets by era Course-notes
English Help Cliffsnotes Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare How to Write a Essay (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) What makes a good Essay How to Edit Yourself Editing Checklist Trouble Reading? Tips (X) (X) (X)
Writing Masterpost (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) Other things to help your Writing (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X) (X)
Languages Duolingo Achieving Proficiency
Math Help Mathway (type in your problem and it solves it) Square Root Calculator Cube Root Calculator Expression Simplifier Helps you with Math Easy unit converter Any calculator you need Algebra Solver Scientific Calculator Cheat Sheet
Science Help All about space Guides for more than 5,500 animal species Improve you Geography knowledge vast collection of historic images and videos Symbols and their meanings Comprehensive site for genetics and evolution Lectures Lab Write Ups
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Citing Bibme Son of Citation Machine Owl Purdue How to write Bibliography
College tips make a to do+doing+done board (I just did this and it is very helpful) print sources nicely (1) (2) recipes based on ingredients - recipepuppy popular new headlines - newsmap.jp ted.com speed read - spreeder.com white noise - simplynoise.com plan sleep time - sleepyti.me google like a boss - png / jpg planetebook.com/ebooks readanybook.com prezi.com collegepackinglist.com Tips for college freshman Know before college Preparing for a lecture
Productivity 30/30 (app) Essential productivity apps for any student* Top 5 productivity apps for iOS (video)* Top 5 productivity apps for Android (video)* StayFocusd Time Warp Self Control (mac) blocks websites The science of productivity (video) The science of procrastination and how to manage it (video) 7 brain hacks to improve your productivity (video) The simple science of getting more done (in less time) Productivity tips About power naps How to pull an all-nighter effectively
Studying (Currently long but I will sort through at a later point) Answering multiple choice questions Apps for students Basics for Efficient Studying BBC Bitesize Calculators Check spelling and grammar
Coffitivity- sounds of a cafe Convert Anything To Anything
Cornell note taking method
Coursera- Online courses for free. Create flowcharts, network diagrams, ect.
Creating Effective Exam Cheat Sheets
Exam survival tips
Finals Help Guide
Finals survival guide
Free Flashcards Study Helper
Free online courses
Google books for research
Guide on punctuation
How to answer exam questions
How to Read a Textbook
How to Review in Less Time
How to study
How to survive finals
How to take notes Masterpost How to Underline/Highlight Effectively
How to write an essay
Inkflow Visual Notebook
Khan Academy- Learn anything. Learning how to study
Making a good study guide
Momentum- Be motivated and organised. Note taking like a pro
open2study- Free online study for everyone. Presentation Zen- A blog that helps you with your presentations. Productive Study Break Tips
Pull an All Nighter & Do Well On Your Exam
Quizlet- Make flashcards and test yourself. Reading Review, Highlighting, and Underlining
Research & Reading Tips
School survival guide
Simple and Not So Simple Proven Ways to Sharpen Memory Solving Problems vs. Practicing Them Studyblue StudyBlue- Make online flashcards. Studying for an important exam
Study Playlist Superb Study Guides and Mini Moleskines Taking Notes Effectively and Practically
Test your vocabulary
The Benefits of Active Notetaking
The “Secret” to Doing Well in School
Thinking & Memorizing Tips
Tips and trick to help you get good grades
Triaging Your Assignments
Website Blocker- Remove temptation. What NOT To Do When Studying Wikiversity Wolfram Alpha for research Youtube Crash Course “Academic Disaster Insurance” “Big Idea” Flashcards
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Organization My Study Life - It’s a planner to help you remember when your homework is due and stuff like that Free printable planner To do list How to make a study schedule Class folder organization “Study Cove” Organization Making a Detailed Study Schedule The Work-Progress Journal Quick Tip for Flashcard Organization Scheduling Organization College Plan Spreadsheet Template Organizing Your Notes Getting Yourself Together in College with Mental Illness How to Organize Your Workspace
Stress Reliefs/Relaxng stress analyst - relaxonline calm.com distract yourself self-care tips self-care for overstimulated nerves softest legs feel better Thoughts Room Panic & Anxiety Masterpost Guided Relaxation Stress Relievers Chill Playlist Cute Videos The quiet place project Feelings Masterpost
Useful Stuff plan, budget, and manage daily finances How to take a Standardized Test How to Master Excel Fact check politicians Back to school Masterpost What you didn’t learn in high school
IDK what to put these under but they're helpful too Check The Safety Of Any Website Download From 8tracks Print Webpages Without the Clutter Is This Website Down For Me Or Everyone? Self Defense Tips Chrome Extension Tells You Which Tab Is Playing Music Prevent Hangovers Bookmark Online Videos 1 Month Free of Amazon Prime Netflix Recommendations Becoming An Adult Masterpost All The Audios You’ve Ever Reblogged Stream/Watch Free TV/Movies Never Hit A Dead End With A Broken Link Downloadable PDF To-Do Lists Watch Musicals List Of Universities On Tumblr Summer Studying Back to School
8/17/2015: Updated some parts. Alphabetized the study section and added in new links. If at any point you want something added in that isn’t here just send me an ask or submit it in the submit box.
6/1/2016: Currently working on the issue of the links disappearing. Hopefully I’ll have it fixed
So we all know the college board is an actual piece of shit right? They overcharge for exams, to send CSS profiles to colleges, to send exam scores to colleges (and of course the colleges already have our scores because that’s why you keep getting mail saying omg your sat is so high pls apply), and they don’t even fucking give us a breakdown of our scores after we spend a couple hours taking their awful tests that are often designed so we fail them.
Anyways, it’s time to do something about it. AFTER we all get our AP scores this year, let’s ALL give the college board a piece of our minds. They won’t be able to do anything to us anymore - we’re done with their crap. We might not change anything, but at least we can annoy the fuck out of them.
So please reblog this and spread the word. Seniors, we’re gonna show the college board what we’re made of 👊🖕
You’ve just transitioned from middle school to high school!
There’s going to be a lot of terminology and schedule changes you’re not
familiar with. Here’s a quick breakdown of terms and other things you need to
1. AP Exams (Advanced Placement exams). These are
college-level tests that are administered after you complete an AP course.
Depending on the college, you may be able to use these credits to skip classes
2. “Double mod” or “Double period lunch”. Chances
are, you’re going to have a day in the week where your lunch is used as a lab
period. These are usually for bio, chem, envi-sci, physics, and sometimes comp
sci. Other classes may do this as well!
3. Digital Notes- You may be allowed to use your
laptop/tablet to take notes!
4. SAT/ACT- Standardized tests that you should start preparing for in
freshman year! More on that later.
5. SAT Subject Tests-More specific standardized
tests that will also be discussed later.
These are kind of the big ones that I didn’t know about when
I was a freshman. Honestly, I’m compiling a list of things I WISH I KNEW when I
was a freshman.
1. Grades matter!!! People will tell you that
grades don’t really matter in your first year, especially the first quarter.
DON’T LISTEN TO THEM, THAT IS A LIE. Don’t completely disregard your social
life and definitely don’t forget to take care of your mental health, but do put
some effort into your freshman year grades.
2. It’s okay to be thinking about college during
your first year. Actually, I highly recommend it. Try to narrow down your
potential college interest to a subject (science, math, arts) so you can slowly
stack up classes in that area!
3. Keep your notes! You don’t know when you’re
going to need them down the line!
4.Start making good relationships with your
teachers 😊 Chances are, during senior year when you
need hundreds of recommendations, your freshman teachers will have a nostalgic
and fun time writing you one!
5. Slowly start studying for the SAT and ACT exams!
These are very important if you want to get into college/university. ACT has a
science section (along with math and English/reading) while SAT does without
science. Buy a practice book for both the SAT and ACT and fiddle around with
both until you find which test you prefer. Then focus on that specific one and
6. Try to make your GPA great from the beginning 😊
If you’re aiming for competitive colleges, they want to see good grades
(coupled with challenging courses!)
7. Do LOTS of activities. Don’t let go of all the
hobbies/sports you enjoy doing! Not only will you be happy, you will have a
great application for colleges to see.
8. Start volunteering to not only make your application
beautiful, but also to become a better person!
9. Don’t be afraid to aim high. It’s okay to be the
different student and have goals while being a freshman. Don’t let other
people make you think otherwise.
10. Become great friends
with the other staff people (office ladies, secretaries, etc.) You will feel
so much more comfortable in a school surrounded by people who greet you in a
I hope this helps! I certainly wish I had something like this when I first started high school. I’ll be making sophomore, junior, and senior spinoffs, so get ready! I hope everyone is having a great April so far! Shoutout to my sister for making this header for me!!!
My flight got cancelled due to a raging typhoon, so I decided to whip out my past books and start studying for the math placement tests coming up. And here I thought that my days with the AP and SATS were over.
Two more chapters of AP Environmental, chapters 1-4 of The Great Gatsby, and WWI review tonight. Chapter 29 of APWH, AP Psych reading, and AP Lang essay tomorrow (along w/ chapters 5-9 of the Great Gatsby). This is what happens when you procrastinate, folks 😪✨
The emails begin in sophomore year. The mailings follow shortly after. You do not know when the sense of creeping dread began. Maybe it has always been there.
The void of despair opens August 1st.
They track demonstrated interest. They track undemonstrated interest. They are always watching. When you open their email, the rustling in your walls gets louder, closer. They are here.
The brochure tells you that this college requires the SAT or ACT, two SAT subject tests, and the trial of darkness. Your GPA dictates the number of weapons you are allowed to bring with you. They only tell you the survival rate is better than Harvard’s.
You wake up one morning to a pile of college mail stacked neatly outside your door. You have not given your address to any college. How do they know where you sleep? How do they–
You may apply to this university under single choice early action, binding. The form smells like sulfur and your signature is red, too red. They do not tell you what you are bound to.
On your campus visit, you look around at the other visiting students. They stare back with lifeless eyes, deep shadows beneath their dead gazes. You see the same when you look into a mirror. You have not slept through the night for four years.
The tour guide’s smile is too wide, her teeth too sharp. You swear you hear her laugh grating an octave too low as she goes over the meal plans. She avoids the sun and when the light hits her eyes just right, you can see a glint of yellow.
Numbers haunt your dreams until you shiver awake, visions of SAT bubbles swimming before you. You do not know why you are required to fill them in with blood, or what machine they are sacrificed to.
No one you know has been accepted as an engineering major. No one, in fact, has ever been accepted as an engineering major. Still, thousands apply every year and are consumed by the void.
Reporting activities can help a college better understand your life outside of the classroom. Your activities may include arts, athletics, clubs, employment, personal commitments, arcane worship of the underworld, fulfillment of pacts with elder gods, eternal screaming, and other pursuits. Do you have any activities that you wish to report?
You are no longer a name, only an AP number. The test proctor warns you that without these eight digits, you cannot access the rest of your existence.
The multiple choice answers are all option D.
The common app now has a supplemental option in which you may submit your soul. Applicants are reminded that they may select up to three colleges under this action, only one of which may be early decision.
Please describe your life to date, complete with documentation. You have 650 words.
A COOL NOTE ON COLLEGE, FOR THE GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
I know a lot of people are getting their college acceptance letters right now, and how exciting and nerve-wracking it can be!! But I also know that sometimes you don’t get into your first-choice school, and it can be a really unsettling experience for your life goals and perceptions of yourself, especially if you’re an intense overachiever and life-planner.
So, as a friendly note that you can either take or leave, I’m gonna tell you why the school you get into doesn’t matter. Because I, too, was one of the high-strung, Ivies-or-die, “I don’t care if I hate the school, I’m going there to prove to myself that I am worthy” trash heaps. I’d had my entire life planned out since 7th grade, and the first step in that plan was to go to Princeton, get a Ph.D. in some haughty nuance of American history, and validate everything my obsessive-compulsive self had bled, sweated, and cried for since the day I refused to hand in a kindergarten assignment without white-outing a tiny smudge.
I applied to five schools, almost entirely tiny liberal arts colleges, two of them already written off because their acceptance rate was higher than 30%, and I didn’t get into either of my first choices. And I’m not ashamed to tell you, comrades, that I absolutely //lost it.// I spent months berating myself, questioning my future, running circles in my mind like a RAVING LUNATIC, because I thought I’d ruined everything. I more or less dreaded telling people I was going to Gettysburg, because in my stupid, narrow little mind, Gettysburg was a mark of my failure.
But last August comes around, and September, October, on and on, and I’m living out here in Pennsyltucky, and…I love it? I love this town with my entire heart–I love watching the sunsets on the battlefield; I love singing?? Civil War songs?? With one of my history professors?? when he plays them before class; I love looking at Penn Hall in the evening light; I love that people walk around Servo in forage caps; and I love the history community here, even if it’s so hardcore it does intimidate the hell out of me sometimes.
I might not get the Ivy League bragging rights, but I get to screech over the episode of The Office where DM does GB. I get to eat my Dan Sickles burger at The Blue and Grey, have semi-religious moments of enlightenment at the Peace Light, and reassure myself that whenever something is lurking in the shadows, it’s probably just another statue of Abraham goshdarned Lincoln. I gave up black and orange for blue and orange, but I found a new spirituality, purpose, and sense of place here at Gettysburg.
So maybe you didn’t get into the school you thought you wanted to go to, but maybe you’re gonna go to the school you needed to go to. Maybe you’ll find a new passion or a new meaning in life. Maybe you’ll find people that force you to assert your own belief in yourself, or you’ll be thrown for a loop that’ll make you stronger in the long run. Maybe you’ll end up at your Gettysburg, and you’ll realize that everything is falling into place, even if you didn’t control it. But just…give it a chance.
Buck up and pack your bags, because the world’s happening, you’re getting swept along, and sometimes, it’ll take you to places better than the ones you’d hoped and planned for. Just give it a chance.
remember: ONE TEST DOES NOT DETERMINE YOUR WORTH AS A HUMAN BEING!! in fact, your worth as a human being is determined by a combinations of your SAT score, GPA, how much weight you can deadlift, height, and knowledge of contemporary French literature. it is then stored indefinitely in the file that the NSA is compiling about you