Conveniently located across Central from UNM, the Frontier Restaurant is one of five great places to study for the ACT. (Photo Credit: cjc4454 via Flickr)
The December 11th ACT is right around the corner, and students all over Albuquerque are gearing up for it. But studying for the ACT presents certain challenges that studying for a regular test does not. The fact that most students won't have been previously exposed to the test and that they will likely have to significantly alter the way the take this test will mean that their normal studying methods may not get them completely where they'd like to be. And since where a student studies will keenly impact how he or she studies, we have a list of five great places to study for the ACT outside of the student's home or school.
The Frontier has several things that makes it a great place to study. It's located near the main UNM campus and is open 20 hours a day, so it will fit almost any schedule. It also is an extremely popular meeting place for both high school and college students which give it a very low-key, low-pressure, social environment.
The coffee shop is almost ubiquitous as a college hang-out and study spot. And for good reason. There's almost one on every corner, they're usually open pretty late, and an abundance of caffeine means that few students will nod off into their books. All of these combine to make a great place for several students to get together to prep for the ACT and also get their coffee on.
3. A Public Park
An unconventional choice, for sure, but a good one nonetheless. Parks provides a peaceful environment without the crowds of restaurants or coffee shops. Bring your favourite snack and beverage and the only thing stopping a park from being the perfect study place is the possibility of bad weather. Because even though a brave man likes the feel of nature on his face, a wise man has enough sense to get in out of the rain.
It may seem a little clichéd to study in a library,but clichés are clichés for a reason. Libraries are calm, peaceful places that promote an academic atmosphere. Combine that with a plethora of reference material and internet access and there are very few places that give you more tools to rock this test.
5. The Omniac Offices
If you want to prepare for the ACT, there is literally no better place to do so than the Omniac Education offices. On the corner of Candelaria and Carlisle, we have a central location and are committed to adjusting our schedules to meet the needs of all of our students, so the office is available at almost any time, night or day. And what really makes the office the perfect place to study of the ACT is the combination of our knowledgeable staff and expert tutors. From the moment they walk through the doors, every student knows that we'll stop at nothing to make them as ready as they can possibly be come test day.
Now that you know where you should study, you need to focus on what you should be studying. Need an academic tutor, ACT tutor, SAT tutor or college consultant? Our highly-qualified tutoring team can help. Please contact us to schedule a free one-hour consult to take that first step in the right direction.
The ACT gets a lot of attention, but it's only one part of the overall admissions process. (Photo Credit: Helga Weber via Flickr)
Hey Albuquerque students!
The October ACT has come and gone, and students all over Albuquerque (and everywhere else too) have breathed a collective sigh of relief. Unfortunately, now is definitely not the time to relax. The college admissions process is long and involved, and even if one of the more important parts of it is over, there's still plenty to do and little time left. Here are three things that all students and parents should be aware of before they turn in their applications.
1. Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines
Without question, you must remember your various deadlines. This not only covers your overall application deadlines, but also any deadline for a component part of your application. These are super important because missing any deadline will completely invalidate your application. Or in other words, No matter how good your application would be, it will be rejected if you turn it in late.
2. Prepare to take the ACT again
Another important deadline to know is the date of the next ACT
. (The final deadline for the December ACT is November 19th, just a few weeks from now) Even though you probably won't get the results back until after your application deadlines hit, if you're not happy with your results from October, you should sign up for the December exam anyway. Most schools will allow you to update your application even after you've turned it in.
So the only reason not to take the next test is if you already have the score that you wanted.
3. The devil is in the details
By now, you should have all of the major things about your application well in hand. The application itself should be nearly done, your tests scores should be on their way, and you should at least have a draft done for your essay. But there are several other little things that you should be starting on right now, now that time is becoming an issue. We understand that things like letters of recommendation and college visits and interviews are very small factors in your overall application, but that doesn't mean that they're not inmportant or that you can wait until the last minute for them. In fact, these are the things you can least afford to put off.
It's really not a big deal if you have to update your test scores at the last minute, you just have to fill out a form on the school's website. But if you try calling one of your teachers for a recommendation the day before you need it, you're going to be out of luck. You have less than a month before the deadlines start coming up, and it takes time for a teacher to write a letter of recommendation
. It takes time to have your essay proofread and corrected. It takes time to visit a college and do an interview
. All of these little details may be small, but they're still important and they're time consuming. Start them all soon!
Not sure where to start when the clock is ticking? Need an academic tutor, ACT tutor, SAT tutor, or college consultant? At Omniac, our team of expert tutors can help with all your tutoring needs. Contact us to schedule a free one-hour consult to help you on your way!