How High School Seniors Can Prepare for University in 2020

Oct 7, 2020 by

It’s been a strange year for everyone, especially teachers and students, who’ve been tasked with continuing education through unprecedented global uncertainty. But, as they say, life goes on. And with life, so too does the process of preparing for university. 

High school seniors, no doubt, have a lot on their minds. Still, for those who intend to enrol in post-secondary education, preparation should be top-of-mind (nearly – your immediate education takes precedent!)To help get your academic ducks in a row, this article lists five critical ways you can prepare this year. 

Retake the SAT if Necessary

Students tend to take the SAT (or an equivalent test) in their junior year. First of all, if you haven’t taken the test yet, now’s the time to book it – you don’t want to leave it any later than the fall of your senior year.

If you have taken the test, but don’t feel that your score adequately reflects your academic performance and education, now’s also the time to retake it. You have nothing to lose: universities generally take the higher of your multiple SAT scores. 

Obtain the Necessary Prerequisite Credits Online

If your school doesn’t offer particular necessary prerequisites, you’re still in luck: you can get high school credits online through flexible eLearning classes. Just be sure that the online high school you enrol in is Ministry certified and can award credits recognized by universities.

The great thing about online learning is that you can fit it around your existing schedule. Since the classes are flexible, requiring only that you complete the course within a generous timeframe (typically 12 months), you can move at your own pace. If you finish the course in four weeks? Voila, you’ve got a much-needed prerequisite out of the way early.

Chat with Your Counsellor, Parents and Even Friends

If you’re unsure where to attend post-secondary, what to major in, or how best to achieve your specific career goals, open up to those around you. 

The first logical person to turn to is your school counsellor, who is trained in academic and career guidance. You should also talk to your parents, especially if they can remember going through a similar period of tough decision-making. And for good measure, talk to those who know you best – your friends. They might hold valuable insights into what career, academic discipline, or institution will suit you best. 

Start Gathering Your Letters of Recommendation

Barring some colleges, most post-secondary institutions will require letters of recommendation. These are meant to demonstrate your character and validate the achievements you’ve listed on your resume. 

Generally, universities require either a teacher, counsellor, or both to write a recommendation letter. Choose someone who’s known you for a while, and who you believe will be enthusiastic about your strengths and achievements. If you are applying for a specific degree, consider choosing a teacher in the related field. 

Those are the major items of business when it comes to preparing for university enrolment. Now, all that’s left to do is answer the million-dollar question: where do you want to go? Do some soul searching, make a list of criteria and develop a shortlist of schools to target. Best of luck in 2021!

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