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Eight tips to start the new school year

Tips for a new school year start

The summer holiday is over. It is time to think of the new school year. And while some are eager to know their new teacher and meet their friends to tell them about all their summer adventures, others are more worried about the new year. Here are some tips for a smooth school year start that will help you beat the stress and organize your study environment.

Reconnecting with a healthy lifestyle

During holidays, children have often been allowed to sleep late and eat a little of what they wanted at any time. The first thing to do is to help yourself make a smooth start and not to wait until the last day to find a healthy lifestyle. You should get used to have regular and reasonable hours of sleep and to eat healthy food. This of course needs several days of “rehabilitation”. The ideal thing is to start reconnecting with a healthy lifestyle one week to ten days before school starts.

Buy study resources

Buy all the resources available for your grade. This will help you tremendously do your homework rightly. The resources may include a good dictionary, an encyclopedia, educational softwares…

Create a pleasant study environment

A few days before school starts, do a tidy-up of the desk and the shelves. Sort and throw away the relics of the past year. Donate your old books, pens and school things if they are still usable. Clean up your desk. Make it a comfortable place to do your homework. Your workplace should be a quiet well-lit corner where it feels good.

Find your way to your new school

If you change your school, you need to learn how to find your way from your home to the new school. Start building new relationships in your new school environment. It will be easy for you to make new friends if you are willing to. Your new friends will certainly show you the places around the school. Your new teachers will also be happy to introduce you to your classmates.

Developing dialogue

If you feel anxious of the new school year, it is very important to talk to your parents about your fears. They will surely find a way to help you get over your fears and gain confidence. They will certainly show you that they believe in your abilities, and will be willing to help you with your first pieces of homework if need be. It is also essential that you develop self confidence and believe in your own potential.

Beat stress

If you are overly anxious about performance, work through your negative beliefs, especially the beliefs about the implications of school failure. Challenge your negative thoughts that your worth as a person or future prospects hinge entirely on your grades. Good performance will be achieved only when you beat your fears and discover your own personal worth.

Set goals

Enjoy setting goals for yourself, so you can transcend your weaknesses and reach your full potential. Your study goals must be realistic and achievable. For example, start with small steps to reach higher targets.


Achieving some goals will certainly motivate you to reach more challenging targets. Another motivating factor would be to understand that you work primarily for yourself and your future career. Apart from the external rewards that your parents may promise you, you must understand that studying well is your chance for self development.

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Welcome Back Week!

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Testing Center Hours, August 18th!

Fall CONVOCATION Testing Center Hours

12:30 – 9:00 p.m.



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Adjusted Testing Hours – August 9th and 13th

Hello NOVA Students!

The Alexandria Testing Center will be closed briefly the afternoon of Tuesday, August 9th,  for our monthly staff meeting. We will stop taking new placement exams at 2pm so that we can close at 4pm. We will reopen at 5pm for our evening students.

We will also be closed all day Saturday August 13th. We apologize for the inconvenience. We will be happy to administer your placement exams or other tests earlier this week, or during the following week (Aug. 15-20).

-Alexandria Testing Center Staff

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Summer Final Exam Week!

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Happy Flag Day!


A hundred years ago, then-President Woodrow Wilson established June 14 as a chance to “rededicate ourselves to the nation,” as he wrote in his proclamation. He wanted Americans to take Flag Day to leave behind “every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty and right” and instead “stand with united hearts, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself.”

If you’re stuck at your desk instead of celebrating in the summer sun, here are 13 facts to share about the American flag, compiled from the History Channel, Mental FlossABC News and PBS:

The version of the flag the U.S. uses today is the 27th.

The 50th star was added in 1960, after Hawaii joined the U.S.

At one point in 1795 the flag had 15 stripes, one for each state.

Vendors often use the Pantone shades 193 C and 281 C for the flag’s red and blue.

The flag is always flying at the White House, Fort McHenry and at the Iwo Jima memorial.

Almost all American flags made today were produced in the U.S.

There’s no evidence Betsy Ross designed the first American flag, but she was paid at one point for creating “ships colours.”

Other people think a man named Francis Hopkinson helped out with the flag’s original look.

The Pledge of Allegiance was penned in 1892.

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Happy Memorial Day!

We remember!

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.




The Alexandria Testing Center will be closed from May 28-30. We will reopen on May 31st.

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Adjusted operating hours on May 10 and May 12

Hello NOVA Students and Future NOVA Students!

The Alexandria Testing Center is happy to serve you by assisting with your course exams and placement tests. This week, May 9 – May 14, we will open and close at our normal times each day. We will, however, have two afternoon closings this week for professional development. The timing details are laid out below:

Tuesday, May 10.
Closed from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
Placement exams must begin before 1:30 pm.
ELI or makeup tests must begin before 2:30 pm.
Students will not be able to continue testing during this closure.
We will resume normal testing schedules at 5:00 pm.

Thursday, May 12.
Closed from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Placement exams must begin before 11:00 am.
ELI or makeup tests must begin before 12:00 pm.
Students will not be able to continue testing during this closure.
We will resume normal testing schedules at 4:00pm.

After we reopen each afternoon, we will have our normal cutoff times for all tests. Placement exams must begin before 7:00 pm, and ELI or faculty makeup tests must begin before 8:00pm. We collect all exams 15 minutes before closing in the evening.

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Finals 2016!

images Are you ready for finals? Visit our campus ASC, room 229, 703.845.6363 for tutoring.

The Alexandria Testing Center will have normal hours. You should plan to arrive early enough to give yourself ample time to complete exams.  It is never a good idea to wait until the last test day to test. There is guaranteed to be a wait time and long lines.

Avoid the rush, test early.

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