5 Resources to Plan Your Education

Veronica T. Avendaño / El OBSERVADOR

The college process can be a little daunting for both parents and students alike. Sometimes the best resources just aren’t advertised, or on-campus help is limited. With the growing changes in education, like the shift to Common Core, it’s important to stay on top of any changing academic trends. We’ve compiled a list of some educational resources that might help you figure out the best academic plan for your student.

1.Common Core State Standards Initiative http://www.corestandards.org/

Still in the dark about Common Core? Visit this website to see what the specific grade level standards are for your student. Getting to know the curriculum will help you have a better understanding of what is being taught in the classroom. The website features helpful videos, links to more tutoring resources, and articles detailing how these new standards differ from the previous standards.

There’s also a Spanish version of the site :


2. Resources for Undocumented Students


Best Colleges created a wealth of resources for any undocumented students who wish to pursue higher education. It features links to learning more about DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) as well as some scholarship listings.

3. Filling out the FAFSA https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out

Federal Student Aid, an office of the US department of education create a step-by-step guide to filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). It’s lists all the documents that you need to fill our your application as well as some questions that you’ll need to answer. It also links you to other resources in case your situation is a little unique and requires extra assistance.

4. Khan Academy SAT Prep https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat

The folks at Khan Academy greatly believe in providing educational resources for free. You’ll be able to download a full length SAT test and have access to the tutorials for each section. The website also offers tutorials and guides to many other areas of academics.

5. Transfer Students- ASSIST http://www.assist.org/

For those thinking about attending community college, check this website out. It will help you figure out which classes are transferable when you go to a university. Select your major and up pops a list of classes. Keep in mind that some classes will have different titles at different schools. Also, some universities are very flexible even if something isn’t listed as transferrable if you keep your syllabus or copy of the course description, they might be able to allow the class to transfer.