If you have a child in High School, then you have probably already started thinking about what you can do to help them prepare for college. It’s a tough task, mainly because your High Schooler is going to put a lot of other stuff on your plate as well. Dating, partying, growing up (gulp)… It may seem like there isn’t a lot of time to help in this area, but as you can read below, not all of the important tasks you can do are terribly time-consuming.
1) Watch Out for the Senior Slide. Too many high school seniors experience the “senior slide,” which is the tendency to put less effort into their final year of High School. Take a minute from time to time and remind your child that it’s still extremely important to do well in school, because many colleges may take less interest in a student that exhibits falling grades during their senior year.
2) Keep Track of Achievements! Let your student know that it is important to keep a list of their achievements – both school and community-related – throughout high school. When the time comes to fill out college applications, they will have the list of accomplishments handy and won’t have to rely on memory for things that were done several years earlier.
3) Let your child know that ACT and SAT results may be important to post-secondary schools, but their achievement as a well-rounded student counts just as much, if not more. Their GPAs, extracurricular activities, application essays, and volunteer experiences are all important factors in demonstrating success in school when it comes time to fill out those college applications.
4) Have your child continually work at becoming a better writer. So much of the process that colleges will go through in weighing applicants to their school comes down to how well the student communicates. By having your child participate in an established blog, or free lance writing for a local publication, you prepare them to be able to present themselves in the best light possible when they have a keyboard in-hand.
There are so many other things you can do to help your child prepare for college. At Matlock Preparatory Academy, we strive daily to help young students realize their potential and direct that potential toward a rewarding college career. Check out our blog every month for more tips on college preparation.