Category Archives: Preparing for college

Getting ready for junior year

Your junior year is a good time to start preparing in earnest for college, and making a step-by-step plan to work through next year’s applications. Meet with your school counselor about the year ahead. Ensure that your courses and your … Continue reading

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How to plan for college costs

Senior year is decision-making time for college-bound students. For many families, cost is a big part of that decision. As you and your student work through college choices, take some time to work through the cost details, so you’re certain … Continue reading

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Five Advanced Placement study tips your teacher won’t tell you

Advanced Placement (AP) tests may require a lot of time and effort, but they can be well worth it. A good AP score can save you on college tuition and free up time in your academic schedule to pursue your … Continue reading

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When your student has a case of senioritis

As students enter the homestretch of high school, it’s not unusual for them to start feeling burned out and unmotivated—in other words, they might develop a case of senioritis. Senior year grades and test scores are still important, even after … Continue reading

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Five things to do if you’re on a college waitlist

The college waitlist neither confirms nor denies your choices – only makes you wait. But chin up; though getting onto the waitlist for your first choice of college may appear to cast a shadow across your higher-education hopes and dreams, … Continue reading

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Choosing your college short list

As you move closer to college application season, you will quickly see that—between the monetary cost to apply and the amount of time that each application requires—you only want to apply to five to eight colleges. So how do you … Continue reading

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Four things you need to do to plan for college visits

Making college visits is a critical part of the college-planning experience. These trips take time and money, so you and your student will want to make the most out of each visit. Take some time to prepare with your student … Continue reading

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Getting a handle on acceptance paperwork

Once your high school senior has been accepted to college, it’s time to tackle the paperwork together. Every school is different in regard to what paperwork they require, so it’s important to pay attention to any communication from your senior’s … Continue reading

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Creating a support network for your college student

Students on their way to college may need a lot of support. As parents, you’re always there to help, but students can also benefit from the insights and encouragement offered by other adults in their lives. You can help your … Continue reading

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Find your study partner

Taking the SAT or ACT is one big step towards college, since most colleges and universities use these test scores as part of their admissions process. Check with your school counselor or your top choice schools to determine which test … Continue reading

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