从一个学科老师的角度,来说说学业规划这件事

学业规划这件事,开始得越早越好!

为什么?

越早确定目标,可以越早有的放矢地参加活动、积累材料。

怎么规划?

不妨从不断发掘自己感兴趣的事情开始。不管是课外活动还是学习科目,要不断追问自己:到底喜欢做什么事。仅仅是喜欢还不够,还要看自己是否能持之以恒地坚持去做这件事。

如果找不到自己感兴趣的事,那么还可以从自己擅长做的事开始。看看自己所有科目中,每回考试,分数最高的是哪一门或哪几门,也许可以从自己擅长的科目中,找出自己的学业目标。

有了目标学校或目标专业后怎么办?

  1. 弄清楚目标大学和目标专业的入学要求
  2. 有条件的话在寒暑假去目标大学校园参观,实地感受校园氛围;有机会跟在读大学生交流当然更好了!
  3. 根据前期调研,选择合适的课程,参加合适的活动、竞赛。
  4. 一般学业规划;高一时考完雅思/托福;高二考完SAT;高中阶段尽可能保持较高的GPA(期末考试成绩)。

如何调研招生要求?

去大学官网上找,基本上都有“Admission”这一栏,就是点进去浏览网页。然后可以找到大量的信息。比如进入加拿大多伦多大学的招生招生主页,就可以看到如下要求::

Admission requirements vary between specific colleges and programs. In most cases a high school diploma is required. However, colleges may have program-specific requirements. It is prudent to enquire directly with the college regarding program specific admission requirements.

http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/future-students/parents-counsellors/the-admissions-process#college

所以建议学生去自己心仪的大学找自己心仪的专业,看自己未来需要在学业和课外活动方面准备哪些材料。在浏览学校网页的过程中,你能找到许多实用的信息,比如:

 

申请时间:

斯坦福大学标准申请截止时间(Standard Application Deadline)是11月1日

https://admission.stanford.edu/apply/deadlines/index.html

加拿大多伦多大学的申请日期最好在2月1日之前。

http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/future-students/parents-counsellors/the-admissions-process#college

正因为申请日期不同,所以大家一定要明确自己想报考的学校申请截止日期,然后规划自己的雅思/托福、SAT等语言考试的时间。

注意,这些考试考完还要一段时间才能出成绩,所以一定要将出成绩的这段时间也考虑在内。以免大学申请截止日快到了,而你的雅思/托福或SAT成绩还没出来。

前文提到了学业规划与自己的选课有关,这是因为不同的大学和专业,对所招学生的已学课程会有特定要求。例如,斯坦福大学对学生课程的总体要求是:

 

Recommended High School Curriculum

We respect the responsibility that high schools, principals and teachers should have in the development of courses and curricula for their students. For that reason, we do not have a set of required courses for admission to Stanford. We have found, though, that a curriculum emphasizing depth and breadth across the core academic subjects is the best preparation for the academic rigors at Stanford. Our experience has suggested that students who excel in a curriculum like the one below are well-suited for the demands of college academics:

  • English:four years, with significant emphasis on writing and literature.
  • Mathematics:four years, with significant emphasis on fundamental mathematical skills (algebra; trigonometry; plane, solid, and analytic geometry).
  • History/Social Studies:three or more years. Such courses should include the writing of essays.
  • Science:three or more years of laboratory science (including biology, chemistry and physics).
  • Foreign Language:three or more years of the same foreign language. Your study of a foreign language ought to include the development of four basic skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.
We expect applicants to pursue a reasonably challenging curriculum, choosing courses from among the most demanding courses available at your school. We ask you to exercise good judgment and to consult with your counselor, teachers and parents as you construct a curriculum that is right for you. Our hope is that your curriculum will inspire you to develop your intellectual passions, not suffer from unnecessary stress. The students who thrive at Stanford are those who are genuinely excited about learning, not necessarily those who take every single AP or IB, Honors or Accelerated class just because it has that designation.

 

https://admission.stanford.edu/apply/selection/prepare.html

最后要唠叨的一点是:有事没事的时候,多浏览感兴趣的大学的网页。

比如斯坦福大学Testing 部分说,斯坦福不规定SAT最低分,SAT分再高,也无法保证一定会被录取。当时心头一热。可是再翻到Applicant Profile,看到2016年学生的申请情况:

764799-a187596c844e75a9be17cd54922283bd
764799-1b94bc3a9cdb7ca168f56459be69a8ea
764799-6728a73a05f0a4d8d11f3b0decc20da2
看完后是不是心瞬间又拔凉拔凉了~~~~

没有关系,所以,大家要尽早开始规划,尽快开始努力!

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