Toronto, ON – As the New Year approaches, high school seniors are beginning to start the countdown for their final days as high schoolers. With each passing week, day and hour, seniors’ graduation anticipation continues to heighten as they come that much closer to fleeing off to college and independence. This excitement often times ends up translating into poor grades and lack of motivation as seniors feel their fates are sealed, especially those who have been accepted into college. Unfortunately, what many seniors don’t know is that slacking off can ultimately ruin college plans after years of hard work as colleges have the right to rescind admissions.
In order for high school seniors to avoid the heart break that can come from contagious second semester laziness commonly referred to as “senioritis”
“It is such a shame to see students’ hard work go to waste when they’re so close to the finish line,” said Frank Milner, President of Tutor Doctor. “We always encourage our students, especially high school seniors, to do their best to keep up momentum and motivation and to strive to be proud of their work, no matter what phase they’re at with college admissions. Unfortunately, all it takes is losing focus to potentially wind up back at square one.”
The following are three essentials provided by the Tutor Doctor team for seniors to consider in the months leading up to graduation.
· Set attainable goals. Write down goals you want to achieve between now and graduation. Keeping a list of your normal tasks, but phrasing them as pointed objectives, is a great way to stay motivated and on schedule.
· Develop a strategy. On a calendar, note all school assignments and exam dates for the rest of the year, in addition to athletic competitions and practices. Motivate yourself to complete tasks and assignments by remembering that you'll have time for fun and leisure activities later.
· Take on new activities with friends. Reflect on any new activities or clubs you've always wanted to try but were too busy, and assemble your friends to join in. It can be something as simple as taking on a new sport, getting more involved in extracurricular activities, volunteering, etc.
Study to ace the ACT and/or SAT
· Study well in advance. While you may only need a couple of days to study for an average exam, you should carve out at least two months to study for these life-altering standardized tests.
· Get a baseline score. Through an ACT prep book or website like ACT.org, take a practice test without studying to assess how much you need to improve to get into the school you’re interested in.
· Set a “SMAART” goal. Set a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Action-oriented, Results-oriented, and Time-phased. Determine what kind of score you’d like and outline a plan to get there.
· Look into study options. To prepare for the ACT or SAT, there are mobile apps, books, courses, study groups, etc. that can help. For those who’d prefer one-on-one guidance and may have trouble focusing, hiring a tutor is a great step to improving your score.
· Take practice tests. Once you’ve spent ample time studying, it’s time to evaluate your progress through practice tests. The more practice you have, the better you’ll do on test day.
For waitlisted students, stand out by joining quality extracurricular activities
· At school – Join a new sports team, special-interest club, the school newspaper, a music group and/or school government.
· In the community – Boost your community spirit by joining a small theater, music or art group.
· Get a job – Apply for an interesting internship, part-time job, babysitting, etc.
· Volunteer – This could be as simple as tutoring elementary students or helping out at your local animal shelter on the weekends.
For more information on Tutor Doctor, please visit http://tutordoctor.com.
About Tutor Doctor
Tutor Doctor was founded in 2000 as an alternative to the “one-to-many”