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)
Junior Year In Review
This year was a mix of excitement and stress – but hopefully more excitement. Your student began creating a focused initial list of colleges through proper research techniques.
When they looked into a school, they looked at campus life, making sure they are interested in getting involved with the clubs and groups that are active on campus. They also looked at the courses they would take for their intended major (that is if they already know what it might be) to discover how one school’s program matches up against another’s. They also discovered whether or not the school is a financial fit to ensure that no one would go into debt over their education.
The first step toward making some of these dreams a reality was learning the intricacies of the different types of college applications. School specific applications are typical for state universities, while the Common Application is typically used by more selective schools.
Junior year, academically, was extremely important; however, senior year also holds the same importance: if your student’s grades drop drastically, they can have any initial acceptances revoked. If their grades go up, they can still earn more scholarship money.
Finally, some schools will want to see the 7th semester’s grades (fall of the Senior Year) before making a final decision. Senior year grades are still very much in play. Help them enjoy the summer but also remind them to finish strong!
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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