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Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: Common App - Planning to Apply for College Admission
Description: This lesson is designed for high school students who are planning to apply for college admission.  Particularly useful for freshmen and sophomores, viewing the Common App early in high school will help students know how to prepare to complete a college application as a senior.  The Common App is a college application a student can complete and send to numerous colleges simultaneously.  Examining the Common App will help students become aware of the importance of maintaining a solid GPA and class rank, performing well on standardized admission exams, and getting involved in extracurricular activities.


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Subject: Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: Virtual Tours of Colleges and Careers
Description: This resourceful lesson will introduce students to a website where they can take "tours" of colleges and careers.  The counselor/facilitator will show students how to locate the website and maneuver through it to find useful information.  Students will learn how to compare and contrast various colleges and careers to determine which characteristics match their interests, goals and abilities.  This lesson can be repeated on a regular basis to demonstrate to students the importance of keeping the future in the forefront as decisions in high school are made.  Such decisions include course selections, summer plans (i.e. internships, job shadowing, summer job, travel, summer reading/study) and goal-setting.  As students continue to view virtual tours and learn more about colleges and careers, they can add the information to a spreadsheet as a way to compare and contrast.


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Step by Step: College Awareness and Planning - Late High School Curriculum Grades 11 and 12
http://www.nacacnet....
A six-session curriculum from the National Association for College Admission Counseling for Grades 11 and 12 for helping students assess where they are in the college planning process.

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Admission 101: What You Need to Know
http://www.nacacnet....
This website details helpful hints for using technology as an investigative tool in college searches.

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Before You Apply
http://www.nacacnet....
This resource guides students through a self-assessment to be conducted before starting a college search. By determining wants, needs, values, goals, etc., students will be able to more effectively select colleges with the appropriate climate and programs.

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Preparing for College: Senior Checklist
http://www.nacacnet....
This resource suggests a senior-year timeline for college-preparation tasks.

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College Application Essay: Why It's Important and How You Can Help
http://professionals...
Helpful tips teachers and counselors need to know about assisting students with their college application essays.

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