College Preparation


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College Preparation:  Prepare for entry tests, find the right college, search for scholarships, and more.

Start here with your library card

Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements listed below to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.


fafsa

The 2021-22 FAFSA form is now available at http://fafsa.gov

Fill it out ASAP to get as much financial aid as possible.

Visit HERE for FAFSA workshops from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Visit CollegeForTN.org for tips and videos on completing FAFSA.

promise

Seniors in high school may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee.

Have you applied? Visit http://tn.gov/tnpromise! The deadline is November 2nd.


Testing & Education Reference Center

Taking a college entrance or licensing exam? Looking for a college or graduate school? Need help finding scholarships? Use the Testing & Education Reference Center to search thousands of college and graduate school entries. Identify scholarships that meet their financial needs. Take on-line practice tests and use test prep eBooks to obtain your education goals. Including:

Resource Guide


Scholarships, Fellowships, and loans directory

The Scholarships Fellowships, and Loan Directory provides comprehensive information on sources of education-related financial aid sponsored and administered by private organizations and companies. Covers a variety of programs in all educational areas, including area and ethnic studies, business, computer science, education, liberal arts, medicine, physical sciences, theology and religion, and more. Intended for students and others interested in education funding.

Contact us for username/password if accessing outside of the Library


lynda.com training videos

Our Lynda.com service offers online training videos. All you need is your Library Card and PIN to get going.

Visit our Lynda.com page for more details. Relevant courses include:

Test Prep: ACT

The ACT is now the most widely taken college entrance exam. In this prep course, professional tutor Vince Kotchian explores the key components of the test and provides study strategies and test-taking tips to improve your score. He also shows how to handle questions in the English, math, reading comprehension, and science sections of the exam. Finally, he provides guidance on writing a great ACT essay and on how to jump-start your study plan. Take this course HERE.

TEST PREP: SAT

Get your SAT prep off to a great start with these study and test-taking strategies from Vince Kotchian, a test prep coach who has been helping prepare students for the SAT for the last eight years. In this course, he’ll walk you through the best practices, as well as tips and tricks, for acing the SAT. He’ll review the format and scoring of the test, show you how to write a great essay, review questions from the Math and Writing sections, and introduce strategies for tackling the Critical Reading section of the SAT. Take this course HERE.

College Prep: Writing a Strong Essay

Given today’s competitive college admissions process, a strong essay is critical. It can be the difference between acceptance and rejection. In this course, writing instructor Leigh Ann Chow covers planning, drafting, editing, and polishing an unforgettable college essay. She explains how the essay is used in determining acceptance and reviews good and bad essay examples. These lessons will not only help improve your chances of getting into a top-choice school, but also make you a better writer once you get there. Take this course HERE.


Virtual Campus Tours

The Memphis Public Libraries wants to ensure that our local high school seniors and juniors have an outlet to view college campuses online. These virtual tours have been uploaded to YouTube and offer you a chance to explore a campus from home. We hope to keep the conversation and interest going for the upcoming semesters as teens have to find a different way to explore colleges that interest them.


questions?

Visit or call the Library or submit a question online.