As summer approaches high school freshman will now transition into becoming high school sophomores. This also signals the beginning of serious college planning for these students. In this article we will take a quick look at some simple steps your sophomore can begin to do to prepare for the college planning process this summer.
Do Some Research
The summer is a great time for sophomores to begin doing an overview look at some of the colleges they may be interested in. Any local bookstore will carry books like, “The Princeton Review’s Best 365 Colleges”. It is important to remember that this book is a basic overview and does not include a lot of schools. Yet, it is a good starting point.
It is always a good idea to get an opinion of a particular school from someone who has attended. So, check out these two websites: Unigo.com and collegeprowler.com to obtain some insider insights.
Go Visit Some Colleges
There is nothing better than having the opportunity to walk a campus and see for yourself what it is like. Aside, from getting a better understanding of the layout and size of the campus, these trips do inspire students to push ahead.
Take the PSAT and SAT Subject Tests
This October plan to have your student take the PSAT. Although, typically juniors take this exam, the test can provide your student with an idea of how they will do on the SAT. The results from the exam will allow your student to strengthen any weak areas before they have to sit for the SAT.
Some colleges require SAT subject tests. These tests are available in course such as: U.S. History, Chemistry, Math, foreign languages, and Biology. The best time to take these tests is right after your student has completed the subject in their high school course. In this way the material will be fresh in their mind and the preparation is lessened. So, if your student has completed one of these subject matters, it may be a good time to use the summer to prepare and take the SAT subject test.These are only a few simple things any sophomore student contemplating attending college can do during the summer. In the arena of college planning being proactive is key to getting into the college of your dreams. The biggest problems and hurdles student s encounter when applying to get into college occur when families and students leave everything to the last moment.
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