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Tips for College Bound High School Seniors

11/26/2013 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Transition to College

In their blog entry, “College Bound:  November Tips for Seniors”, offers some great advice for high school seniors who plan on attending college after they graduate.  Despite having to deal with their current classes, homework, activities, jobs, etc. these seniors need to also be thinking about college applications and the various components that go along with them . . . ACT/SAT test scores, school applications, essays, recommendations, etc.  How can all of this be managed successfully?

With a little bit of planning at the outset, this daunting task can be tackled!  Here are their suggestions:

1.  Discuss ACT/SAT Scores:

Is your student happy with their current score(s) or are they considering taking it again?  For some schools it can be a factor in acceptance and/or scholarship money.  If that’s the case for your student and they’d like to raise their score, check on available testing dates, get registered (making sure those test results will be recorded/issued before your college's application deadline!) and then prepare by using a proven test prep program like Method Test Prep which we offer FREE to military-connected families at™ in the SchoolQuest College Planners section of our home page.

2.  Create a Calendar: 

Plot out deadlines for each school your student wants to apply to so they can determine which ones to work on first.  Applications take a fair amount of time and energy . . . precious commodities in the middle of a student’s senior year.  It would be a major disappointment to go to all of that effort only to miss the deadline for submitting everything!

3.  Determine a Schedule: 

As mentioned above, college applications can have many parts so students need to prioritize what order to complete them in . . . recommendations, essays, applications.  Based upon the calendar created in step two, back-track from there to schedule enough time to work on each application component required for each school.

4.  Narrow it Down:

Perhaps your student has a clear idea of which schools they are interested in attending and which teachers to request recommendations from.  That’s great!  It will be easier for them to stay focused on getting those applications completed.  For the students whose lists of options (whether it’s which teacher to ask for a recommendation from, or which schools to apply to) are long, work with them to narrow their field of choices so that their time can be spent more efficiently.

Good luck to all of you and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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