Education

Preparing for Academic Success

Being as prepared as possible when you start college can make your transition smoother and increase your chances for success in the classroom. Researching the things you may need to take care of before you enroll can help you be more prepared when college starts.

College Readiness Information

Before you actually start classes, there are many things you can do to help you succeed in the classroom. You may need to take assessment tests to help determine which classes you should take. Check with the school(s) you are considering attending to see what tests they require and when you need to take them. In addition, you may want to brush up on your study skills or take a pre-college class to help get yourself geared up for college level courses.

MNADE Brochure: Difference between High School and College This brochure describes some of the challenges that students may face during the first year of their college experience.

College Admission Tests Some colleges and universities require standardized college entrance exams such as the ACT or SAT. While many four year colleges and universities use test scores in the admission process, most two-year colleges do not require them. Review this site to see which exams may be appropriate for you.

Accuplacer Placement Test This placement test is the official tool used in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system. This site provides general information about the test and contains some review materials. Check for more specific testing information at the Minnesota State College or University institution where you plan to attend. Some students find it helpful to review sample questions to get a better understanding of the testing format - Sample Questions.

EdReady EdReady lets you assess your readiness for college math, see study options, and get a personalized study path to fill in knowledge gaps.

Developmental Education Placement tests such as the Accuplacer help determine your academic skill levels. Depending on your scores, you may be required to complete certain courses (Developmental Education) to strengthen your skills. It is important to take these courses early in your college experience. Meet with a campus counselor or other academic advising professional to discuss how these courses will fit in your overall education plan.

Mindquest Academy This program was developed through a partnership between the Minnesota State Colleges and University system and the Literacy Council. It provides on-line and in-person instruction aimed to strengthen academic skills and enhance college readiness. There is no cost to participate in this program.

Adult Basic Education Programs This site provides details about various Adult Basic Education programs. Many offer free or low-fee classes to help strengthen college readiness academic skills.

Mometrix Academy Browse an online library of free test preparation review videos.

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Upcoming Workshops

Workshops and seminars are a valuable tool to help you explore the different areas of the GPS LifePlan.

Free Online Workshops:

Goal Setting Workshop (Online)

Procrastination Workshop (Century College)

Free On Campus Workshops:

College Success Workshops

Workshop Calendar

eFolio Online Tutorials


Checklists
Career Checklist

Navigate your CareerPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your values, interests, and skills?
  2. Researched possible career choices?
  3. Created a resume and cover letter?
  4. Activated your eFolio account?
  5. Started the job search process?

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Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Education Checklist

Navigate your EducationPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Developed SMART goals?
  2. Decided on a major or program of study?
  3. Assessed your learning style?
  4. Researched study skills and strategies?
  5. Arranged a meeting with an advising professional to select appropriate courses?

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Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Finance Checklist

Navigate your FinancePlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Established your short and long-term financial goals?
  2. Created a budget?
  3. Explored resources to help you pay for college?
  4. Assessed your debt situation?
  5. Developed a savings plan for the future?

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Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Leadership Checklist

Navigate your LeadershipPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Assessed your leadership style?
  2. Completed a personality inventory?
  3. Formed your personal mission and vision statement?
  4. Explored the leadership resources?
  5. Participated in a campus or community activity to help build your leadership skills?
  6. Determined your Carbon Footprint?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.

Personal Checklist

Navigate your PersonalPlan by referencing the checklist below.

Have you:

  1. Explored the transition to college resources?
  2. Assessed your resiliency and ability to adapt to change?
  3. Established personal fitness goals?
  4. Examined the physical and mental wellness resources?
  5. Researched how to manage healthy relationships?

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan checklist.

Click here to view the GPS LifePlan list of activities and resources.