3 Great Fraternity Recruitment Tips

Follow these three keys to help you during fraternity recruitment:

1 – Be a good conversationalist

We have all been there before. It is fraternity rush, and you have just met a recruit for the first time. You ask him where he is from. You ask him what his major is. Awkward silence ensues after you exchange answers to those two dreadful questions. Brutal, awkward silence.

You have to do better than that if you want your fraternity recruitment to be more successful. You know you are going to be in that situation, so be prepared with some conversation starters. Here are some that can likely spark a conversation:

Ask him about the school’s football team. If he is a sports nut, then you will be able to make a conversation about it.

Ask him about what he did during the summer. Surely he took a vacation somewhere. This could lead to an interesting conversation.

Ask him if he has any questions about the school. Does he want to know what the best places to eat are? How about the best places to meet girls? You are able to share valuable information with him. He will be eager to hear it.

Above all, ask him what he thinks about fraternity. You don’t have to give him the full fraternity sales pitch to answer his questions. Remember that fraternity is going to be completely new to him. He will have questions. Answer them with stories from the recent past. This should open his mind to the recruitment idea.

Remember that the best way to be considered a good conversationalist is by asking a lot of open ended questions.

2 – Keep good records.

Your fraternity is going to spend a great amount of time and effort identifying high potential guys for recruitment. It would be a shame if that information wasn’t collected for the fraternity to use.

When I was an undergraduate, we had a big problem in this area one semester. We had our biggest rush event that fall and had a lot of new guys out to the house. We collected all their information and kept it in a binder.

After the rush event no one could find the binder. To make a long story short we lost the binder and lost the contact information of about 50 guys. What a waste.

3 – Recruit outside of events.

Fraternities get so focused on recruitment events. While they are important and part of fraternity culture, they aren’t the only way.

Your fraternity will probably have more success if you spend some time recruiting outside of your traditional recruitment events. This includes eating lunch with recruits. Inviting them to the gym to play ball. Having them over to watch a ball game. Playing video games with them in the dorms. You get the idea.

This was actually a tactic that I used for good success as an undergraduate. I found out that one recruit was a golf nut. I was a golf nut so I took him out to play golf. It wasn’t a rush event, just a couple guys going to play golf. The beauty of it was we spent 4 hours together on the course getting to know each other. The guy would end up becoming my little brother in the fraternity and would become fraternity president one day.

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LSAT – 5 Great Tips For LSAT Success

1. It’s All In the Timing

As you flip through a practice LSAT test book, you read the questions and think to yourself, “Yeah, I could answer that question”. But can you answer 20+ of them within 20 minutes? And can you count on yourself not to panic when you hear the proctor shout, “5 minutes left!” Reviewing test-taking strategies and doing practice problems are undoubtedly helpful, but be sure to take full, timed LSAT tests for practice as well. Not only will timing yourself reveal which sections need the most and least work, but it’ll also help you inoculate yourself against the pressures of taking a timed test. The more like the real deal your practice sessions are, the better prepared you will be on your actual test day.

2. Learn From Your Mistakes

Taking practice tests and doing practice problems is a great way to prepare for the LSAT. But in order to get the most out of your practice, it’s important to know not only which questions you missed, but also why you missed them. After all, if you don’t know what mistakes you made, how can you learn from them?

3. One and Done

The LSAT sends a complete record of your LSAT scores to law schools to which you apply. If you’ve taken the test more than once, these law schools will average your scores together and use that score in considering your admission. Don’t try to take the edge off by telling yourself that you can always retake the test — do your best the first time around! Even if you take the test again and get an amazing score, any past, lower scores are going to dull its luster. No pressure or anything.

4. Always Be Prepared

You may have left the Boy Scouts of America behind long ago, but you will most likely never outgrow their universally applicable mantra. Don’t forget to bring everything that you need to bring with you to the testing center. Print out your admissions ticket the night before the exam, and make sure that all the information on the ticket matches what you think — sometimes testing rooms will change with little or no notice. Research and know the route to the testing center so you don’t let test-day jitters throw you off track. Mechanical pencils are not allowed on the LSAT, so bring several fresh No. 2 pencils and a pencil sharpener, as well as several good erasers. It may be helpful to bring a highlighter for close reading and an analog (non-digital) watch for keeping track of time. You can bring a ziplock bag (up to one gallon in size) with you, so cram all that stuff in there and be prepared for anything and everything!

5. Leave No Bubble Behind

There is no penalty for guessing on the LSAT. Obviously, you want to get the answer right, and an educated guess is always better than a shot in the dark, but if you find yourself out of time and with empty bubbles, just fill them in. Your LSAT score is calculated based on the number of correct answers you have, and there are no point deductions for incorrect answers, so leave no bubble behind!

5 Great SAT Tips – What to Expect on Test Day

1. Start Preparing Early

To get the most out of SAT prep, you should start early. In fact, many National Merit Scholars-who usually score above 2100 on the SAT-begin preparing for the PSAT and SAT the summer before they become sophomores so they can make the most of the PSAT they have the option to take that year. Don’t start wondering whether or not third-order polynomials will be included in the math section the week before. Create a plan! If you need more structure or guidance, consider SAT prep classes, private tutoring, or an online course.

2. Dress Well

Think about this: the thermostat at the testing center on the morning of the test is likely to be set by someone just as groggy as you. You don’t want to trust them with your comfort-and shivering while you bubble is a sure way to “make a stray mark.” Avoid this by dressing in layers of comfortable clothing so you can adjust to your surroundings easily.

3. Be On Time

The College Board is not happy when you’re late to an SAT. To them, late is showing up after they’ve closed the doors to the testing rooms-between 8:30 and 9:00 am. In fact, their official policy states that late students will not be admitted to the testing center and will have to reschedule to take the test. Of course, there is a $24 fee for that. It’s fine if you don’t want to reschedule, but the fee you paid to take the test is nonrefundable. That’s $47 gone to waste. How do you make sure this doesn’t happen to you? Show up before 7:45 am, as the College Board recommends. A few days before the test, map out a route to your testing center and make sure you’re familiar with it. If you’re particularly bad with directions, you might want to practice getting there-just think of it as another thing to study.

4. You Are Getting Very Sleepy…

Falling asleep during the SAT: fail. You could nap during one of the five-minute breaks you get, but we doubt it would do you any good. Instead, be sure to get a good night’s sleep before the SAT. Caffeine in the morning-be it coffee or an energy drink-might be a good idea, but if you should avoid it if you aren’t accustomed to it. Too much caffeine can lead to jitters and, ironically enough, difficulty concentrating.

5. Oops! I Did It Again…

If you mess up, don’t worry: In 2009, the College Board introduced Score Choice, which allows you to select which test scores you want to send to a college on your score report. It is an optional service; if you do not elect to use it, all of your scores will be included on your score reports. Though it allows you to not disclose poor scores to the schools when applying, you should check your institution’s policy on SAT score reporting-often it is helpful to report all of your scores.