# Next AB Calculus Assignment(s) (for those working ahead)

**Wednesday 6/26/2019** (and on into the future...)

**Optional Reading**: **What do you wish someone had told you about applying to college?**

What do colleges want to see in your essays?

What **DON’T** colleges want to see in your essays?

**Optional Reading**:** ****What do you wish someone had told you before college?**

**Optional Reading**: **Mistakes Freshmen Make** / **UW Focused**

**Optional Watching**:** ****Student Loans Explained**

**Summer Information to Explore **(**Use the Power of Google!**):

Consider coming up with 2+ Reach Schools, 3+ Target Schools, and 2+ Safety Schools after exploring data related to those schools. **Reach vs. Target vs. Safety Schools Explained.**

Ex. search terms: **University of Washington admit data**** / ****Northwestern admit data**

Ex. search terms: **University of Washington financial aid data**** / ****Northwestern financial aid data**

Ex. search terms: **University of Washington majors offered**** / ****Northwestern majors offered**

Ex. search terms: **University of Washington competitive majors**** / ****Northwestern competitive majors**

**Note: **If you qualify for free/reduced lunch AND you have 90+ percentile test scores and a solid GPA, you should apply to as many schools as possible, including a couple reach schools. You may be shocked at the financial aid offer one of them gives you. **Common App (And Other App) Fee Waivers**

**Khan Academy SAT Website**** / ****SAT Practice Tests to Print**** (****Includes Links to Answers and Explanations!****)**

**SAT Subject Tests - Who Requires Them**** / ****SAT Subject Tests - General Information**** / ****SAT Subject Tests - Preparation**

**Required ACT Book #1**** / ****Required ACT Book #2**

**The Difference Between Early Action and Early Decision for College Applications**

**Early Action Schools**** / ****Early Decision Schools**** **(This would require you to get your letters of recommendation **EARLY** as well!)

**Financial Need (EFC) Estimator**

**Schools that Meet Full Financial Need**

**Financial Aid Explained**** / ****Student Loans Explained**** - ****Be sure to understand what you are getting into with student loans and how you will eventually pay them back!**

**Two Year vs. Four Year College - Pros and Cons**** / ****Ex. Equivalency Guide - Green River -> UW**** / ****Ex. Course Requirements - Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - UW**

**University of Washington Academic Planning Worksheets**** - **Each academic planning worksheet** s**hows you what GPA students earned at their previous college before transferring and getting into a given department at UW.

Ex. search terms: **University of Washington Transfer Admit Data**

**D's and F's on the last three exams and not sure what to do before your next test/retest?**

1) **Actively quiz yourself using****:** **AB Practice Tests Tab** / **AB Practice Test Depot****. **Predict what sort of problems will be on the exam (I try to help you with that by posting many practice exams.). Solve those predicted problems prior to each exam; that would be active quizzing! Create your own examples. **Skimming notes is crap as a college math study habit.** Re-writing or annotating notes while reworking examples out of your notes is active studying. When in doubt, work through one of those blank tests from the **AB Practice Tests Tab**, **score** yourself, perform **detailed test corrections**, and use the problems you got incorrect to guide your further study.

2) **Aim to complete and understand 100% of the homework** (**including MCQs/FRQs**):

a) Come in to the Q&A sessions, before school, or after school and get every question you have on every problem answered. And/or form study groups for the same purpose. If you get stumped by a problem over break, write down your question, snap a picture with your phone, and email me the question. I will generally respond within 48 hours.

b) If you have to use the solutions or get help on a problem, find a similar problem to attempt on your own after you understand the first problem. Stop being obsessed with doing the minimum.

c) If you have to look up a formula to start a problem, copy that formula down in pen in the margin of your work, say the formula out loud, make a flash card for that formula, etc. Use every possible trick to commit as many of these formulas to memory as possible. Looking above at the previous problem for a formula does VERY LITTLE for long term memory building for many students. Looking isn't good enough for AP Exams.

3) **Re-evaluate your study habits****:** Experiment with new study habits prior to college to find what works best for you.

**Study Habits for Math in College** / **Study Habits for Calculus**** / ****Study Habits for AP Calculus**

4) Order a **Princeton Review AP Prep. Book for Calc.** or check one out from the school library. Force yourself to schedule 1-2 hour blocks where you just start at the beginning of that book and move forward (all the way back to limits).

**Want to work even farther ahead?**