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Aug 11 2008

Headed Back to School? Take Us With You!

by Ken M

On Saturday, August 2, I taught a class at the Decatur Library for parents and teens on College Prep. In case you weren’t able to come to the class, I’d like to share just a few of the resources we provide which can be a big help to you as you go back to school this year, and dream of escaping to college.

One of your best tools is the new Subject Guide on the DCPL website called College Preparation. It points you to some very useful databases, websites, and print materials. I did a post earlier this year on the wonderful website GACollege411.org, which you’ll also find on the guide. I still recommend it highly as a one stop resource for everything from matching your interests with careers to finding the college that’s right for you (and paying for it).
Another librarian blogged recently about Learning Express Library, and this database is also bookmarked on the subject guide. It provides you with non-timed and timed practice for PSAT/SAT preparation, and you can find this in the College Entrance Exam section.
It can also be really helpful for the courses you are taking right now, in high school. It has AP course practice exams for Biology, Calculus, English Lit and Composition, European History, U.S. History, and Government. There is also a high school skills improvement section with practice for 9th grade Math and Reading, Writing and Grammar Fundamentals, and lots of High School Math, Reading, Vocabulary, and Analogy exercises. (Are you tired yet?)
Both these sources in particular seemed to be very popular with the class participants, so keep that College Preparation Guide in mind as you start another year. Getting to (and through) college is a lot of work, but it’s worth it!

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