The Pros and Cons of Dual Credit Courses

The Pros and Cons of Dual Credit Courses

This post is part of a week-long series to help new high school and college students prepare for their freshman year. Throughout this week, visit the Varsity Tutors blog for advice, tips, and tricks for this critical transition. High school poses many challenging choices—what extracurriculars to participate in, when to sit for standardized tests like the ACT and SAT, and which style of classes to take. In addition to general coursework, students can choose to take college-level courses in the form of AP, IB, or dual credit. As the name suggests, dual credit courses allow you to earn credits accepted by both high schools and colleges. Kn ... Read More About The Pros and Cons of Dual Credit Courses

4 Ways to Get Involved on Campus as a Commuter Student

4 Ways to Get Involved on Campus as a Commuter Student

This post is part of a week-long series to help new high school and college students prepare for their freshman year. Throughout this week, visit the Varsity Tutors blog for advice, tips, and tricks for this critical transition. College is a unique environment that challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and welcome opportunities for growth. The first piece to branching out of your comfort zone is getting involved on campus, a task that can be particularly intimidating for commuter students. Without the luxury of constant bonding with floormates, commuter students must find ways to feel at home on campus. Commuter students can get inv ... Read More About 4 Ways to Get Involved on Campus as a Commuter Student

How to Maximize Your High School Extracurriculars

How to Maximize Your High School Extracurriculars

This post is part of a week-long series to help new high school and college students prepare for their freshman year. Throughout this week, visit the Varsity Tutors blog for advice, tips, and tricks for this critical transition. High school poses a great opportunity to simultaneously expand your interests while strengthening your college applications through extracurricular activities. Each school varies in its offerings, but you’ll typically encounter a plethora of options, varying from student council to robotics club. As a high school freshman, though, how do you make the most of your involvement? You can maximize your high school ex ... Read More About How to Maximize Your High School Extracurriculars

How to Make the Most of Your College Orientation

How to Make the Most of Your College Orientation

This post is part of a week-long series to help new high school and college students prepare for their freshman year. Throughout this week, visit the Varsity Tutors blog for advice, tips, and tricks for this critical transition. College orientation is a simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking experience. While all schools differ, you should generally expect structured sessions geared toward helping you learn what your new school is all about. Make the most of your college orientation by networking with other students, meeting with advisers and professors, and exploring available academic and social opportunities. Make the most of your coll ... Read More About How to Make the Most of Your College Orientation

4 Things to Know Before Starting High School

4 Things to Know Before Starting High School

This post is part of a week-long series to help new high school and college students prepare for their freshman year. Throughout this week, visit the Varsity Tutors blog for advice, tips, and tricks for this critical transition. As the first day of high school approaches, your uncertainty about what’s to come may be growing. You’re about to face a new school, new teachers, and new classmates. While this can feel intimidating, high school also includes a wealth of opportunities that middle school never did. In an effort to feel more at ease going into this transition, it’s important to be as prepared as possible by gathering ... Read More About 4 Things to Know Before Starting High School

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