Parent College Coach Tip #115: Summer College Prep
Jun10

Parent College Coach Tip #115: Summer College Prep

Before you think I’m advocating “heads to the grindstone” this summer, rest assured these activities will not consume your or your student’s summer months. What this summer college prep will do is prepare your student for the upcoming school year and help him enter the next phase of his education thinking and planning for college. The summer before middle school Entering middle school is a huge transition for students. They go from one classroom to multiple classrooms, lockers, multiple teachers, and more homework. The summer before your student begins middle school is the perfect time to begin preparation for the future. Although it might seem premature to start thinking about college, it’s never too early. Your child needs a strong middle school foundation in order to take the high school courses that colleges expect of a college-bound student. For a list of 10 tips for soon-to-be middle school parents, click here. The summer before freshman year The summer is a good time for you to have a conversation with your future high school student. Sit down and have a discussion about the value of an education, how you see your role as a parent, some basic expectations, courses your student will take, the value of a good reputation, good citizenship and work ethic. This conversation will make the next four years easier because your teen will understand your expectations and start the year off with a good plan. For a list of 10 tips for soon-to-be freshman parents, click here. The summer before sophomore year Not much advice is given for the sophomore year of high school. It’s almost as if it’s not an important year in high school. But it is. Every year in high school is important if your child wants to move on to higher education. It’s during the 10th grade that your teen will begin to take some baby steps toward realizing their goal of a  college education. The focus for this year should be: preliminary testing, looking at careers, delving deeper into the college search, and getting heavily involved in a few activities. For a list of 10 tips for soon-to-be sophomore parents, click here. The summer before junior year Your student’s junior year will begin in the fall. It’s time for you and your teen to sit down and evaluate goals to make sure you are on-track for the college application process. As you go back through all the grades, papers, awards and accomplishments you will be able to see your teen’s progress and that progress will encourage them to keep focused and keep their eye on the prize: graduation and college acceptance. For a list of 10...

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College Prep for Teens: What You Should Be Doing This Summer
Jun15

College Prep for Teens: What You Should Be Doing This Summer

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 – #CampusChat, 9 pm, Eastern My guest tonight on #CampusChat is Eitan Dantzig, online college admissions expert from Kaplan Test Prep. Tonight's chat will focus on three important areas related to college prep for teens: Dos and Don'ts of Social Media for Teens Getting an Early Start on Scholarship Search  SAT/ACT Test Prep Join us at 9 pm, ET for an information-packed hour of lively online conversation and terrific tips regarding things college-bound teens could (should?) do over summer. This chat is perfect for rising sophomores and juniors in high school and their parents. Just add "#campuschat" to your tweets to participate or follow the conversation.  If you already have questions about any of these topics, please post them in the comments section or on our Facebook page. We'll be sure to include them in tonight's chat.  About Kaplan Test Prep Bio: Eitan Dantzig, online college admissions expert, Kaplan Test Prep.  A self-professed “test nerd,” Eitan manages Kaplan’s SAT and ACT Facebook and Twitter (@KaplanSATACT) pages, where he regularly shares tips and strategies with students and parents on all things related to the college admission process. Company: Kaplan Test Prep, a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. With a comprehensive menu of online offerings and a complete array of books, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services. ...

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