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)


College Research - Where Do you Begin?

Second only to completing the applications themselves, a critical element in the college admissions process is coming up with a good college list. Finding the 6-10 colleges that fit your student best in the key 3 areas, academic fit, social/emotional fit, and financial fit, isn’t as hard as you might think.

Most teenagers think they know where they want to go to college based on where their friends have applied or by the quality of their football team. While there is nothing inherently wrong with that starting point, selecting the right college for them involves so much more.

Encourage your student to step back and think about why they want to go to college and what they most want from the experience. Researching and visiting the right colleges to apply to is the best thing you can do.

A good college list includes schools that match your student’s needs and desires:

  • intellectual
  • personal
  • social
  • emotional
  • financial
  • spiritual
  • and many other...

The goal in creating a college list is to identify colleges that are best for your student; choosing a list based on other people’s perceptions or the “name” of the college isn’t always the surest route to success.

A college’s high ranking and/or prestige are not necessarily a reflection of the quality of its students’ experiences or the universal level of success after graduation. There is no shortage of high quality colleges to which high school students can apply, get accepted, become successful and find a life filled with purpose.


COmpare Apples to Apples

In order to help you and your son or daughter create a list of potential colleges it is necessary to be sure you are comparing apples to apples. Consistently asking the right questions based on your combined priorities is necessary.

Take some time to identify priorities and help your teenager make a list of questions that are important for narrowing down the possibilities. Then be sure that together, you use these same questions as you explore the college options so that you are accurately comparing apples to apples.

TIP #1

Meet the teachers – Most schools have an Open House or Back to School Night, be sure to attend!  It is important to share with them a bit about yourself and your son or daughter as a student and more importantly as a person.

TIP #2 

Homework – While it may not be very fun, it is important.  Remind your teenager that learning doesn’t end 3pm and that homework is just another way to increase learning.  Encourage your student to embrace the idea of self-directed learning by creating their own homework schedules.

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