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    Doing Your Homework Before You Start School

    According to Dictionary.com, the word homework has three definitions:

    1. Homework: Schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom.

    How can you have schoolwork if you haven’t even started school!? I know, I know. That’s not what we’re talking about here.

    2. Homework: Paid work done at home.

    Whoa! Wait a minute!? Am I getting paid to read this? No, but keep reading anyways.

    3. Homework: Thorough preparatory study of a subject.

    Bingo! Preparatory study means mean studying about something before… but before what?

    Before you start school!

    When you make the decision to go to college or go back to school to earn a degree or diploma, you are going to face many decisions. Questions like, “Can I afford it?” and “What do I want to study?” may start swirling around in your brain. Once you figure that out, the next step is to find a school. This is where the homework comes in.

    If you haven’t already noticed, there are a lot of schools out there. The only way to figure out which school or college is right for you is to do your homework. First, you’ll want a school that offers the program that you are interested in. That will help narrow it down. You’ll also want to find a school that’s nearby, which narrows it down more.  If you decide to go to school online, however, the distance won’t matter much. Either way, your list of options will probably have more than one school on it at this point.

    So now what?

    Doing your homework means finding out more about the schools on your list. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Try it before you buy it?” It’s kind of like that. The only way to “try” a school or get a real idea of what it’s like is to learn as much as you can about it.

     

    Many schools, including Florida Career Colleges, hold regular open houses as well. Use these opportunities to visit the campus you are interested in and speak directly with the instructors and staff.

    As you dig deeper into your homework, you might visit the Facebook page for the campus or search for feedback of the school from past and current students. Do you have a friend, a friend of a friend, or family member who went to the school? Talk to them about their experiences.

    If you have already done your homework and are happily enrolled in the school or college of your choice, congratulations! However, there is still something you can do.

    Have you ever helped someone with their homework before? Well here’s your chance! Pass on this story and make sure that your friends and family members don’t forget to do their homework before starting school too.

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