The Mandatory Action Steps from High School to College for Grades 9-12

The Mandatory Action Steps from High School to College for Grades 9-12

This week's newsletter will provide you and your teen a year by year check list for those mandatory actions steps to get your teen from high school to the 'right' college almost stress free! If your teen is just beginning high school, be aware that freshmen year is often labeled an adjustment year and colleges are well aware of that. However, colleges don't like to see an overwhelming amount of 'adjustment' –  several poor grades.   Take challenging courses – regardless of the year – is always recommended. A 'B' in a challenging course vs. an 'A' in a regular class is more recognized. Challenging courses also prepare your teen for the typical college workload. Begin to develop a relationship with your counselor. Not only can this person be a good source for college recommendations, but the counselor will also be able to recommend what courses your teen should take over the next four years. Find a good tutor if your teen...
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Why the PSAT May Be More Important Than You Think

Taking the PSAT as a 10th grader is a great opportunity to experience the exam which is why most schools - both public and private – want their students to take it. I advise parents to have their students take this administration seriously. This does not necessarily mean enrolling in intensive preparation.  It does mean doing the best they can. (I recommend our PSAT Prep Workshop for sophomores. It will give them an ideal overview of the core strategies.) By taking the exam 'seriously', you will have a better idea of your teen's score goal for the SAT and what areas of weakness to focus on in further preparation (ideally begun the summer before junior year). I use 10th grade PSAT scores to aid in validating the results of the 60 Second ACT vs. SAT Assessment.  In examining the scores, I can see areas of weakness and may recommend the student do more outside reading and/or take our Efficient Reading Training ...
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