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Helpful Resources for High School Students

Career Exploration

Tomorrow's Talent Series -

Want a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most in-demand jobs in fields like manufacturing, business, health sciences, and more? Plug into Tomorrow's Talent Series -- virtual job shadowing videos that show you what key careers are really like. Then join us for live virtual Q&A sessions with experts in the field to learn more.

The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do. The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.

Your preferred learning style is the way in which you learn best. Three learning styles that are often identified in students are Auditory, Visual and Tactile/Kinesthetic.

Financial Literacy

Payback nudges students to think about how to succeed in college without taking on excessive student debt.

This fast-paced, sports-themed, interactive game engages students in quiz bowl-style questions to advance players up the field. Players can play against the computer or each other.

Goal Setting

Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between, there are some very well-defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.

This video breaks up the process of goal setting into 4 easy steps.

Organizational Skills

This website shares organizational tips that will you on the path to success.

Preparing for College

Create a College Plan

Although the college application process begins in earnest during your senior year, there are things you can be doing along the way to ensure you're ready to put your best foot forward.

"The first year is not the 13th grade-with students easily stepping up to a new grade level that's very similar to the previous year," says Dougharty, who has worked in higher education for almost 40 years. "There are many new realities that students might not have thought about ahead of time. The responsibility for academics now falls on the student, not the faculty member."

How to Research Colleges without Visiting in Person

There are two times during the college admissions process when you'll need to seriously consider the different aspects of a college which include beginning the college search and finalizing your college of choice. This link will help you get on track and let you know which factors are important in determining if you've selected the ideal school(s) for you.

College Application Tips

"Do share your personal story and thoughts, take a creative approach and highlight areas that aren't covered in other parts of the application, like your high school records."

College Cost Breakdown

There are five main categories of expenses to think about when figuring out how much your college education is really going to cost: tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation.

We took a look at higher education data from the College Board to provide a deeper understanding of the costs and the differences between states, school types and degrees.

SAT Information

Section scores, test scores, sub scores, and college readiness metrics all help identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. The more specific data on a Score Report can get overwhelming, however, it can be useful for making a prep plan.

Although you can prepare for the SAT many ways, College Board, the creator of the SAT, believes these are five of the best ways: starting early, studying for free with Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®, taking at least one full-length practice test, paying attention in your high school classes, and knowing what to expect on test day.


Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational students.

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Study Tips

While having effective study skills may be overlooked on the academic journey, Sylvan sees this be the tipping point in making good students into great students. We've compiled a list of 10 good study habits for your tween or teen to help set him or her up for a productive school year.

Test Taking Strategies and Understanding Test Anxiety

If you have test anxiety, you may experience physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach, sweaty palms, a racing heart, etc. You may also have trouble recalling information and thinking clearly. If test anxiety is interfering with your performance or your quality of life, try some of the suggestions below.

Time Management

Keeping up with classes, applying to college, filling out scholarship forms, participating in extracurricular activities, and completing chores around the house-these are just a handful of the many activities that fill up high schoolers' days. With so much going on, one of the most valuable skills a high schooler can master is time management.

Tutorial Services

Algebra Nation is a dynamic free resource now available to all Algebra 1 students and teachers in Michigan! Aligned to the Michigan Mathematics Standards by professors from Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan-Flint, Algebra Nation is customized to help students succeed in Algebra 1 and beyond.

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

High School STEM Resources

Helpful STEM resources for high school students.