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Back to School Preparations for Students of All Ages
Thursday, August 9th, 2012

By: Sijun Li

Summer went by like a blink of an eye – guess time really does fly when you’re having fun! But now, it’s time to get in the back-to-school mindset.

The financial experts at Miss Money Bee stress the importance of education. We’re making sure that every student – from elementary students to college students- have the necessary tools to ensure a successful year at school.

Here are a few key pointers for all parents and students to keep in mind while preparing for school. USA.gov has provided some great comments and helpful resources to help our readers!

College Students:

The freedom of college – making your own schedule, never having a bedtime, the possibility of going out every night – it can be overwhelming. Some students get caught in the mindset of having too much leeway, and it can get them into serious trouble.

College students need to remember that their education is no longer free. Whether it’s being paid for by the ‘rents, a student loan or by scholarships, it’s absolutely crucial to attend class, keep up with assignments and study for exams. If not, they’re going to have to either pay back scholarships and shell out another few hundred bucks per credit hour to fulfill graduation requirements.

College means independence, and as young adults transition into the real world, they have to learn to protect their health, both mentally and physically. Students must get at least eight hours of sleep each day and avoid fatty foods. The Freshmen 15, whether it’s a myth or not, can certainly be avoided.

The Food and Drug Administration offers free publications on a range of health issues for college age students, including understanding the dangers of tanning, and getting help with the allergies and sleep disorders that can affect their studies.

High School Students:

For upperclassmen in high school, there is a lot to consider when thinking about college as the next step. The U.S. Department of Education provides information on how you can go to college, as well as ways to pay for it once you’ve chosen where you want to go. While financing college can be difficult, there are many ways for students to receive the education they want if they are well prepared.

A great to reduce the cost of college is to take college-level courses while in high school. The credits from passing AP exams and IB tests can transfer to any university, and it will count toward graduation requirements. Students can also look into dual enrollment classes at a local community college. These classes are free to students who currently still enrolled in high school and are paid by through the county.

Although many high school students, especially seniors, are ready to graduate already, it’s absolutely crucial not to slack off. High school transcripts are highly weighed into college admissions, and officials will see everything from the very beginning of high school. Freshmen and sophomore students should do well in their classes from the very beginning. Starting off on the right track will make easier to focus on the big goal.

Elementary/Middle School Students:

For kids still in grade-school, the start of classes is a great way to be able to see friends and classmates again. At such a young age, it’s imperative to get them excited for projects and assignments. If they are having fun while learning, then it’s a win-win situation!

Although it takes some time for the younger kids to get back into the swing of things and finally sit down and do their homework, once they do, there are many free resources on Kids.gov to help them—and you—with their homework and projects. The Smithsonian Education site allows kids to explore, discover and learn through all varieties of topics including science, art and culture. The Environmental Protection Agency also offers a Homework Zone to help kids understand ecosystems, climate change, recycling and many other science related subjects.

In addition to a great place to find homework help, Kids.gov also offers a safe and fun place for kids to play online games and explore their favorite subjects. Your kids can study, watch videos and review topics all while you know they are doing it in a safe and secure environment with no ads or spam.

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