What you can do to get ready for college as a high school sophomore:
- Make as high of a grade as possible in all your classes – the higher your grades, the higher your rank. Colleges are looking for students in the top half of their class - aim to be there!
- Take the most challenging course work possible.
- Join school activities! Colleges look for well- rounded, committed individuals who show leadership skills.
- Volunteer! Community service is becoming more and more important in the college admissions process.
- Keep a list of school activities, honors, awards, employment, volunteer work, community activities, etc.
- READ, READ, READ! It is a great way to increase your SAT/ACT scores.
- Take PLAN in November. This is a practice ACT.
- Take PSAT in October. This is a practice SAT.
- Begin to explore and discuss college options. The internet is a wonderful resource for exploring your options.
- Plan your junior year carefully with your counselor.
- Prepare for the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test taken in October of your Junior year. It is the biggest scholarship contest in the US.
- Monitor your child’s academic progress. Make sure you see all 3 week and 6 week reports.
- Do not assume someone will call you if there is a problem.
- Provide encouragement and support.
- Encourage your son or daughter to become involved in a wide variety of activities.
- Volunteer work and community service are important.
- Keep a list of activities –including dates.
- Help your son or daughter plan meaningful summer activities.
- Make plans for your child to take a class, play organized sports, develop a hobby, work, volunteer, etc.
- Your child can also sign up for and take PLAN.
- Your child will take the PSAT in October.
- Help your child study for the Junior year PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
- Save, Save, Save!!