Toolbox for Preparing for College
We created this toolbox to help connect our students to online resources for help with homework, college preparation, the college search and application process, and financial aid. It is our hope that middle school and high school students will find these links useful.
Preparing for College
- KnowHow2Go- A great site with lots of info on college for students 6-12 grades
- KnowHow2GoWisconsin- A version of “KnowHow2Go” made specifically for Wisconsin students
- Preparing for College Now- Tips for 9-12 grade students on preparing for college
- Wisconsin Covenant- A program for 8th graders to help them prepare for college that offers financial aid packages if students are successful
- College Board: 20 Questions to Ask Your School Counselor-A good list of questions for your next guidance counseling appointment
- College Board: College Action Plan for High School Seniors
- College Board: College Action Plan for High School Juniors
- College Board: College Action Plan for High School Sophomores
- College Board: College Action Plan for High School Freshman
- Making it count- Articles and advice about making high school count
- I Make it Happen- A great website for middle school students to get lots of info about college
- Get Ready for College- Advice about how to best prepare for college
- National Institute of Health-Tips for preparing for college for 8th-12th graders
- College Board: What to Do About SenioritisTips on how to stay involved during your senior year
- Pathways to College- Online Directory of Resources for Middle & High School students in college preparation
College Search/Applying to College
- The Common Application- A college application accepted by over 400 institutions
- Sallie Mae College Answer: Applying to College- Tools, checklists, and other helpful info for applying to college
- Campus Tours- Virtual Tours of Lots of Different Campuses
- College.gov- Government website about college
- Students.gov- Government website about college, financial aid, etc.
- College Board: College Visit Checklist-A list of things to make sure you do on your next college visit
- Federal Student Aid College Finder-A college search engine
- College Board: 3 Steps to a Great College Essay-Tips for writing your college admissions essay
- Private College Zone- Search for private colleges, learn about applying, financial aid, preparation, etc.
- College Net- College Search Engine
- Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities- Wisconsin’s private colleges and universities
- UW System- Wisconsin’s public universities
- College Board: Insuring Your Application isn’t Missing Any Parts-How to make sure your college application doesn't get lost
- ACT Prep-Tips for preparing for the ACT
- Embark.com- College Search & Info
- PSAT Prep-Tips for preparing for the PSAT/NMSQT
- Wisconsin Education Fairs- College Fairs
- College Board: College Application Checklist-A checklist to keep track of where you are in the college application process for each of the schools you are applying for
- Colleges That Change Lives- Profiles of 40 exceptional colleges
- College Board: College Search- A college search engine
- College Board: Preparing for Admissions Tests-Tips about how to prepare for the SAT and/or ACT
Financial Aid and Scholarships
- FAFSA- The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, required to receive financial aid
- Stateline Community Foundation- Scholarships specifically for students from Beloit and surronding areas
- Gates Millenium Scholars Program- Full ride scholarship for minority students
- FastWebs- Scholarship Search Engine
- Sallie Mae- Scholarship Search
- Scholarships.com- scholarship search engine
- StudentAid.gov- Government Financial Aid Website with info about financial aid
- FinAid!- Financial aid info and scholarship search
- Beloit Memorial High School-Scholarships available in the guidance office (click the box that says "scholarships" to view what is currently available)
- Turner High School- Scholarships available in the guidance office
- Khan Academy- Do practice problems and watch videos teaching you how to do the problems step by step. Earn points and badges for all the problems you try, log your goals, and create a profile showing your skills, activity, and achievements.
- Wolfram Alpha- Get information about different types of math, or type in a math problem to check your answers and see the steps of how to complete the problem.
- Math.com Algebra Worksheet Generator- Tell the site what types of problems you want and it will create you a worksheet (and answer guide). Great for giving yourself extra practice!
- Webmath.com- Click on your subject, and then a sub-subject. Put in the problem you’re having trouble with and it explains how to solve it.
- Dave’s Short Trig Course- Notes on many trigonometry topics.
- College Board: Battling Math Anxiety- Suggestions for doing your best in math
- Math.com- Math lessons for everything from Basic Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trig, Calculus, and more.
- Coolmath.com- fun site with lots of lessons, math games, etc. for ages 13 and up
- Discovery Education Math Help Links- Links to lots of helpful websites for all types of math
- Purdue Online Writing Lab- Tons of great information. They have really informative MLA and APA formatting guides, as well as lots of articles about the writing process, rhetoric and logic, essay genres, style and language, citation, and more
- Online Dictionary & Thesaurus- Look up word definitions with the dictionary or find similar words to help you avoid repetition using the thesaurus
- Discovery Education English Help Links- Links to lots of helpful websites for various language arts topics such as grammar, literature, poetry, vocabulary, and more
- Guide to Grammar and Writing- Choose what topic you’re having trouble with from a drop down list and get information
- BJ Pinchbeck’s Homework Helper- Links to lots of different language arts websites
- U of Pennsylvania: How to get through writers block- Ideas on how to get over writers block
- Personal Dividends- Grammar, spelling, reading comprehension, composition, and more
- Internet4Classrooms- Nearly 100 links to various fun and useful language arts resources
- WebElements- Online Periodic Table. Click on the elements to get lots of info about them.
Khan Academy- Watch video lectures on a variety of different science topics, and ask questions about topics you don't understand. Earn points and badges for all the problems you try, log your goals, and create a profile showing your skills, activity, and achievements.
- Science Buddies- Science Fair Project Topic Selection Wizard. Asks you various questions about yourself and your preferences and then suggests multiple projects that are best suited for you
- Discovery Education Science Help Links- Links to helpful resources for many various science topics
- OnlineConversion.com- Online unit converter. Click on the type of conversion (for example temperature, speed, length, etc.) then convert!
- ITS Tutorial School Science Resources- Physics notes
- Fun Science Resources- Links to lots of different resources, geared more towards younger students
- U.S Geological Survey- Resources about geological/earth sciences
- Science.gov- Government website about science
- Discovery Education Social Studies Help Links- Links to helpful resources for many various social studies topics
- Social Studies Resources- Lots of different social studies links
- Social Studies for Kids- Lots of different social studies info, geared more towards younger students
- Social Studies Sources- Website designed for k-12 social studies students
- Smithsonian Institution National Science Resources Center- lots of science resources, geared toward younger students
- Memrise- Learn any of the more than 150 languages on their site for free using interactive flashcards and vivid imagery and audio.
- LiveMocha- Take free courses, converse with native speakers, write passages and get them corrected, play interactive learning games, and more with this great website designed to help you learn foreign languages.
- Busuu- Learn languages online with interactive language courses and lessons.
- Kids.gov- Government website with lots of different info and activities on academic subjects for middle schoolers
- Infoplease Homework Center- General info/homework help for core classes
- Harvard Law: Notetaking Advice- Tips and guidelines for notetaking
- Discovery Education- Homework help for lots of subjects (math, science, english, social studies, foreign language, health, art, reference, research, technology, etc.)
- Kids Click- links to help on lots of different academic subject, geared towards younger students
- Homework Spot- Homework help from lots of different classes
- ReadWriteThink 7&8- 7th &8th grade Projects, Games, and Tips
- ReadWriteThink 9&10- 9th &10th grade Projects, Games, and Tips
- ReadWriteThink 11&12- 11th &12th grade Projects, Games, and Tips