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)


The importance of the teacher-student relationship

Freshman year can be a series of leaps and jumps and hurdles that help make your student stronger.  Another important aspect for them to begin working on is developing good relationships with some of their teachers and their high school counselor.  This important element will help them throughout high school and in the college admissions process.

The goal of having good relationships with teachers and your counselor is to enhance your overall high school experience. Remember, these people potentially can offer you a lot of assistance and advice. 

More than just instructing a class, a teacher can help your student identify their strengths and weaknesses and aid them in bolstering the latter.  Additionally, they can counsel your student as a trusted adult and help them see situations, both academic and social, from a new perspective.

The school counselor can be a mentor and guide for your student.  From helping them get into the correct courses that meet their academic needs and goals, to fostering conversations about social-emotional well-being, to helping with the college admissions process, and career advice, they can even become a trusted friend to both your student and you. 

These two groups – teachers and counselors – are the ones who your student will go to for those ever-important letters of recommendation.  Those who know your student and his/her work ethic can write the strongest letters.  College admissions personnel will take teacher and counselor recommendations more seriously than those from outside sources because few people know your student any better. 

Take the time to get to know your student’s teachers and his/her counselor.  Having trusted help from the inside can make a significant difference in how well your student does in school and beyond.


Schedule a meeting

Set up a meeting with your student’s high school counselor.  Meet with them yearly to discuss academic goals, as well as any college goals that have been identified.

TIP #1

Did you know that some of their HS classes may have required summer work? Check with their HS guidance counselor to see. (It may also be posted on the HS website too.)

TIP #2

Final exams - not the best part of HS but really important for their grades. Be sure to help them get a head start on studying – create a study schedule, carve out time and place for them to study, and help them stay fueled (sleep and nutrition!).

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