Thursday, December 11, 2008

GED Help Step Two: How do I best prepare?

Preparing for the GED is important and you will find that there are many different ways. GED Prep can happen with a tutor, in a Learning Center, classes, or on-line.

You need to find out what best works for you, but I do think that most students will find that one-on-one tutoring or instruction is the best method. This is especially important if your math or writing skills need to be refreshed.

Call your local GED Center and find out what they have available for GED help.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

GED: First Step to Getting Your GED

So, you want to get your GED and you are not sure what to do. Does that sound like you or someone you know?

The first step to getting your GED is to contact your local Literacy Council or Technical College. They will most likely have a program. If they don't, call your state Department of Education, or simply Google it.

You need to determine your state's requirements. They do vary from state to state. You will most likely need to attend a GED Orientation where you will learn about the program and it's requirements.

Requirements may also vary depending on your age.

So..... the FIRST STEP is to determine your state's requirements.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

GED Checklist for Success

There are many factors you must consider if you are preparing for the GED test, or if you are helping someone prepare.

Over the next several weeks, I will focus on what I believe to be the 10 top concerns/questions regarding the GED. I will focus on the following questions (questions that have been asked of me many times over my GED teaching career).

1. I want to get my GED. What is the first step?
2. How can I best prepare?
3. Where can I find out more information?
4. What does it cost?
5. How old must I be, before I can start?
6. What are the different subjects that I will be tested in? What is in each portion of the GED test?
7. Do I need to know advanced math to pass the math portion?
8. My state has an HSED and a GED. Which is better?
9. I failed the GED test. Now what?
10. I was diagnosed with a learning disability in high school. Can I get accommodations?

So follow along, and if you would like to add anything along the way...... I encourage your comments!

Monday, June 16, 2008

GED Summer Help

Just because it is June, does not mean that you should slack off studying for your GED. In fact, it may be the best time. Why?

Teachers are off work. Many will be looking for other things to do and tutoring/mentoring a GED candidate for their GED tests may be just what they are looking to do. Plus it will look great on their resume. Call a teacher you know..... today!

Learning Centers typically have fewer students during the summer months. Therefore, you will get more one-on-one attention. Check the schedule of your local GED Learning Center and get signed up today!

Even though it is summer, your local GED Testing Center should be continuing to offer the GED testing. Call today and schedule an appointment.

Good luck!!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

GED Math Anxiety

Have a student who just cannot pass that GED math test? Have they taken the test more than once and failed? Now they are scared to even try.... but they have to pass so that they can get the job to support their family.

If you have a student who struggles with GED Math, or you are a student struggling with GED math, you are not alone!

Again, I am working with a young adult who has failed the GED math test twice. Although she is determined to continue studying and attempt it again... she is a bit scared. She knows that if she takes it again this year, and fails again, she will have to wait until next year, 2009.

When she returns to the tutoring center, our first step will be to re-evaluate where she is mathematically.

Then we will go from there. In the meantime, I will be encouraging her and letting her know that she is not alone.

There are many GED candidates who struggle with the GED math and have taken the test more than once.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

GED Graduation

If you are a GED student you are probaly anxious to finish before the end of May. That is.... you want to finish and perhaps attend a GED graduation ceremony.

As a GED instructor, I know that this is a busy time of year. GED testing slots are filling fast and students are quickly trying to complete all their five GED tests.

Be patient with yourself. If you think you are ready..... take the test.... but if not, take some extra time and continue to study.

Also, if you want to finish in time to attend a GED graduation, you may want to check with your instructor as to any time quidelines.

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

GED and the older GED Candidate

Have an older student who is struggling to get their GED? It is my experience that many times they may take longer to "learn" some of the material. Of course this depends on what their job/s have been since high school. If their job requires alot of reading, writing or math..... great! If not they will need to prep.

As jobs get tougher and tougher to find, more employers are requiring a high school diploma or GED. Also, older students who in the past did not need a diploma to get a job, are now finding that they cannot get hired without one.

Be patient with them..... guide them...... also check to see if they might qualify for accommodations.