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Snow day doesn’t mean no college prep day

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‘Tis the season for no school snow days as the white stuff falls from coast to coast. Today Long Island is getting its first significant snowfall of the season but the weather isn’t yet frightful enough for school closings here. The situation is different for schools across the country from New Jersey to Oregon, according to www.weather.com. The bonus time from school closings can be used for a mix of fun and college prep. Parents and students can brainstorm now for ways to best use time from a snow day.

Time management is a necessary skill for ultra busy parents and students. A prior three-part series, 3 easy step college-bound time management plan, outlined the ways to achieve this ability.

Watch the video, enjoy some snow fun then warm up with a hot beverage and a college preparation activity. Use the time to loosen up a busy schedule and get ahead on some planned tasks.

Here are five ideas for a turning a snow day into a college prep day:

  1. Read Whether it be a book on a school reading list or a classic, read a recommended book that can help with school work, essays on college admission tests and college application essays.
  2. Write Start a journal or write a story to hone the skill of essay writing.
  3. Practice Whether it be math problems or vocabulary words, self-testing is a good way to learn.
  4. Talk Verbal conversation is an art. Ditch the texts, emails, and social media and pick up a phone. Speaking well will help in college and job interviews.
  5. Look Review college websites to help narrow the college search. Watch a virtual college tour, read a school newspaper, look at the school’s social media. Like meeting someone knew, learn about the college’s personality, major and minor academic interests, and popular and unpopular extracurricular activities.

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