We know how important your involvement is in your child's education - we also know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the important steps in planning and preparing for college.
Below you'll find this month's content - LEARN (info to know), DO (action to take), and TIPS (insights for success)
Sophomore Year in Review
In 10th grade, your student tackled the understanding of what it means to apply to the right college - finding the right fit academically, socially, and financially.
Education is ripe with acronyms: ACT, SAT, EFC, TOEFL….and the list goes on and on! Standardized testing (ACT & SAT) took on a new meaning this year and, hopefully, both you and your student can take the tests and their scoring with a grain of salt.
Remember, tests are only one measurement of a student’s knowledge, and they never assess your student’s future success or their intelligence.
Finding the right college takes time and beginning that process is exhilarating! Creating that initial list is an important step in finding what your students wants and doesn’t want academically and socially, all while not breaking the piggy bank (remember EFC?).
Sophomore year is often considered the “appetizer” of college planning: you got started looking and meeting, and visiting, all from the periphery. This year was more casual and fun and exciting.
But just wait, the "main course" is on its way - don't worry though, we're here to help make sure it meets your needs!
Help Them Reflect
Did you know that self-reflection is a great skill for teenagers to have? You can model this for them and encourage them to practice for themselves.
The end of the school year is a great time for doing this. Set aside some one on one time with your teenager this month and have a conversation about the school year.
Here are some questions that you can use to start the conversation:
- What did you like the most about this school year?
- How was it different than you thought it was going to be?
- Is there anything you would have done differently?
- What is one part of this year (friends, academics, activities, family life) that you would have changed?
Doing this helps them to think about their upcoming school year too. Remember, it is important for you to answer those questions as well - show them that self-reflection is for adults too!
Did you know that reading is a great way for your teenager's brain to stay in good shape this summer?
The research is clear too - it really doesn't matter what type of reading they may do - fiction, non-fiction, biographical, historical, magazines or newspapers - it all helps!
Help your teenager find something to read - a good book, a professional magazine of a career they may be interested in, even a newspaper. The key is to guide them in the right direction, then let them pick!
What's your summer looking like?
Create a summer schedule with your teenager of their summer camps, vacations, summer learning experiences, jobs, and other activities.
(Be sure to help them budget time with their friends - time for them to still be kids - play is still really important for them!)
This will help you stay organized and help teach them about maintaining some sort of disciplined routine during this time away from school.
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