Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Envision

What I Wish I’d Done Each June

Summer is starting and the students will soon be gone – or they already are!  Once the excitement of graduation is behind you, it’s the perfect time to reflect on last year and get ready for September.  Here are three things you can do to wrap the year up right – and you’ll have no regrets in September! Read more…

Dear Faith, I want to find my first job this summer.

Dear Faith,

I want to find my first job this summer. But all the ads I see are asking for experience. How am I supposed to get experience without experience?

Sincerely,

Wanna Paycheck

Most of us know a student who wants a summer job this year. After all, summer jobs are a great way to break into the working world! This is a typical message sent to Faith, our career and education advice columnist.  Here’s her answer:

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Job Application Lesson Plan

As spring turns to summer, many students are thinking about earning some money by taking on a summer job.  Help your students understand the basics of a job application with this lesson plan.

This lesson plan and many others are part of the career and college readiness curriculum found in the Resources section of the Professional Center.  There are six units with 10 lessons each.

  • Career Exploration and Planning
  • Postsecondary Planning
  • High School Academic Planning
  • Financial Aid Planning
  • Job Search
  • Lifelong Portfolio

The lessons can be taught individually or sequentially — whatever works for your situation.

Library

Stop Summer Slump by Taking Action in the Spring

What grows in the winter, but dies in the summer?

If you answered “students’ interest in planning their future,” you’ll want to continue reading! You may have noticed that as the weather heats up, students’ motivation to think about college and careers melts like ice in July. (And if you don’t know the real answer to the riddle, that’s a hint!)  Spring is a tough time to keep students motivated. Read more…

On Your Mark…Get Set… FAFSA Changes On Deck

Every January, many students start the new year by vowing to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly called the FAFSA). To keep those students on task, educators often launch campaigns reminding students not to procrastinate on filling out the FAFSA forms.

But this year, students can start even earlier – and smart students will. Why? Because the FAFSA opens up on October 1, 2016. And because some financial aid is given on a first-come, first-served basis. That means filers who submit on October 1 could get more money – and that’s never a bad thing.
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Help Students Fall in Love With Their Career Plans

It is Valentine’s Day soon, so we’re going to hear a lot about love — whether we want to or not! There are many catchy phrases about love: all you need is love; love makes the world go around; love is friendship set to music.  In fact, some of the best quotes with the word “love” are actually about careers. A good one is from Confucius: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” In other words, if you love what you do, every day will be like a holiday. Isn’t that a great goal for students?

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Gearing Up for the FAFSA – Start with the FAFSA ID

As 2015 starts drawing to close, it’s time to start thinking about what lies ahead in 2016.

Our predictions?

Well, in a perfect world, January 1, 2016, will be the day every high school senior sits down to file the FAFSA. After all, it’s important to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. Some schools and states award aid money on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Thirteen Proven Tips to Rock Every Test This Fall

Want to help your students tackle their exams with confidence this fall? It helps to give them a plan of attack. You’ve probably noticed that year after year, many students make the same test-taking mistakes.

We’ve assembled some tips for you to share with your students. These are starting points – feel free to add your own!

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Choices360 School Finder

School Finder Tips

The School Finder lets you combine characteristics of colleges that are most important to you in a search for matching schools. If students find their School Finder results seem overwhelming, with too many schools to sort through, suggest they break their search down step by step.

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