The Best Ways To Academically Prepare For College In High School

College courses are definitely harder than high school classes, but if you have the right study strategies, you can succeed. Get in the college academic mindset while still in high school, and the transition will be a lot easier.


Learn how to study with distractions

In college, you’re around people all the time. So you need to learn how to study when everyone is talking, laughing, and socializing. Train yourself now or you probably won’t get anything done… Speaking from experience here…


Don’t be afraid to get help

Getting help from your professor in a class of hundreds of students is intimidating. But you’re more likely to do it if you’re used to meeting with teachers in high school. Make the habit of scheduling a meeting whenever you need a clarification. And of course, meet before big tests and essays.


No procrastination

Do things as soon as they’re assigned. If you leave everything to pile up, that’s when you’ll be pulling all-nighters. So get out of the habit of procrastination while still in high school, and you’ll thrive in college.



Learn to figure out which homework is most important. Since you’ll be super busy in college, you won’t have time to do everything. Some work will be more influential than other work, so you have to learn to identify which is which.

You also need to learn to prioritize when you’re making a choice between a social activity and doing homework. Like I said, there are a lot of distractions in college, but don’t allow them to make you fall behind.


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  • Nadira Berman

    As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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