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ACTs, SATs, and What Incoming College Freshman REALLY Need to Know

This weekend thousands of high school students all across the U.S. will sit for the ACT exam.  Are your kids among them?  Mine are.  Los Tres Amigos have been participating in a college prep program this year which helps lessen the anxiety of taking the tests like the ACT and SAT.  The program gives kids the opportunity to engage in learning exercises which will enable them to become familiar with the exams and help increase their scores along the way.

I remember taking the ACT and SAT and those feelings of nervousness.  However, today's students are masters of standardized test taking which often begins in elementary school.  One good thing about standardized tests is that is helps some students develop a comfort level which will come in handy when they have to take exams like the ACT and SAT.  We are just a couple of years away from college and Hubby and I are trying are best to equip our kids with opportunities for scholarships to help lessen their college debt.  I don't want my kids to drown in college debt and to be honest, with college expenses continuing to rise and the impending realization of having three kids in college at the same time, we NEED scholarship money.

Scholarships are competitive and one way to give our kids the upper hand is helping them develop good study skills early.  Your child's teacher or guidance counselor should be able to help you find tips to help you, help your kid.  Experts agree learning good study habits now will come in handy when your kid goes off to college.   Of course, good study habits aren't the ONLY thing your kid will need when they go off to college.  Freshman need social skills, daily living skills, and so much more.

Authors Nora Bradbury-Haehl and Bill McGarvey have written The Freshman Survival Guide:  Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing and Everything in Between.  The book offers tips on everything from college roommates to commuting to mental health to maintaining your faith.  Overall, a pretty good read.  I enjoyed the chapter titled "There's No Vitamin C in Orange Soda, and Doritos Aren't a Food Group."  The chapter provided tips on eating healthy and the infamous "Freshman 15", which is really more like a "Freshman 4-5".  Yep, the average college student gains about 4-5 lbs. during their freshman year, not fifteen. The chapter delved into the relationship people have with food particularly during stressful times such as... freshman year in college.

Click here to read an excerpt from The Freshman Survival Guide:  Soulful Advice for Studying, Socializing and Everything in Between.

For more info on this book, visit 

Disclosure: Many thanks to FaithWords / Hatchette Book Group for the opportunity to review this title. I received a review copy in exchange for this review. No monetary compensation was received. For more information on the Disclosure Policy of Three Boys and an Old Lady blog, please visit


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