Lesson 3: 

Music Mindfulness

This is considered by some neuroscientists, the most relaxing song in the world!

Fun music for meditation from the Jónsi Album


Benefits of going to college

6 Key Findings About Going to College
Is going to college worth it? (Yes.)

Benefits of College Still Outweigh Costs
Declining wages of those with just a high school diploma help boost the wage premium of higher education.

College Admissions Components

Factors in the Admission Decision
Other factors count, but the body of work you develop in high school is what matters most—as it should.


What Matters Most to Colleges
It may seem top secret, but colleges are perfectly willing to reveal their most important admission factors.

1. GPA

How important is your GPA?
GPA is one of the major things that schools look at when reviewing applications for admission.

2. Rigorous Classes

High School Classes Colleges Look For
If you’re in high school and you’re thinking about college — and you should be — you should know that the courses you take now matter.

Choosing the Right Classes
The importance of course rigor when applying to college

Resources for advanced placement courses and tests.

Learn About the AP Program
AP courses are college-level classes in a wide variety of subjects that you can take while still in high school.



Why Colleges Place So Much Importance On The SAT

There have been a lot of problems attributed to the SAT, arguably the most important college entrance exam in the country.

A student site for ACT test takers

Accepted by more than 2,000 colleges and universities, the SAT helps demonstrate what you’ve learned in school and your readiness for college-level work.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Wants To Go To Stanford, But First She'll Need To Take The SATs
She may have a Nobel Prize, but Malala will still have to sit down for the SAT to apply to Stanford University


Checking Grades

Cincinnati Public Schools
Can access grades, set up a weekly email of grades, and see standardized test scores under the “student dashboard” tab.

North College Hill

Catholic schools: please visit your school’s website or check with your office.

GPA Calculator
Just enter in the grades of your main subjects: (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, (and if applicable: Writing, Foreign Language). Leave the “weight” to the right “regular”. The overall GPA will appear right below where you have entered in your grades.


Checking Standardized Tests

Public Schools:

OAA Test
A score of 432 means a student is on target for being college-ready


NWEA Resources for Parents
Information about MAP

Ohio Graduation Requirements
2018 and beyond

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

Catholic Schools:

The Iowa tests allow educators to trace student achievement growth continuously

English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century


College Admissions / Search

Informations about colleges and admissions

Big Future College Search
Find colleges and universities by major, location, type, more.

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