Summer is a great time to help students get ready for college. Visits to colleges and universities or participation in special college summer programs for high school students can increase enthusiasm about college and help a student begin to discern the type of college that is the best fit. Registration for most programs has begun.
Other activities for summer that enhance college readiness and competitiveness are standardized test prep programs and academic enrichment activities such as courses or simply reading. Did you know that your child may be required to list books he has read that were not required by teachers on his college application or in an admissions interview? That can be a nasty surprise for a student. Make sure your child can list multiple books if he is asked that question. The other reason to make your child read is that it will enhance his reading speed and ability to write which are important keys to college success.
Summer is also a time to help juniors prepare for what they will face in the fall. Every summer I host a college prep day camp for high school students. The important tasks in that program are always 1) identifying their college major,
2)identifying the colleges to which they should apply, 3) understanding college admission processes and etiquette and 4) writing their signature college essay. All of those tasks have been easy to do with good support. Students were able to complete those important tasks within one week. I keep in touch with them and they all say it made the fall of their senior year much more manageable.
Summer's coming and it is the rare student who fully understands what he should be doing to get ready for college during the break from school. Parent encouragement,guidance and supervision is key to how well your child will compete for college admission during their senior year of high school. Resolve to do something this summer to mentor your child toward college success.