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College application mission control

Students have a lot of information to keep up with during their senior year. This semester that information includes login's and passwords to college applications. Confusion about login information is a chronic problem that causes needless delays and sometimes prevents successful completion of college applications. Not being able to find important emails or recall whether an application has been filed can also keep a student from reaching his college goals.
Parents can help their high school senior stay in control of the large amount of data they have to manage by helping students set up a mission control station for college applications. A well-organized work area with a large notebook with pockets and dividers can help centralize needed information and track paperwork and electronic entry information keys.
Invest in an inexpensive notebook and have sections where the student can keep track of user id's and passwords for each electronic application he plans to file. Additionally, provide an area where students can store their printed copies of the acknowledgement message that they get whenever they file an application online. A divider for each college with a pocket to store information from snail mail or email is also a great help. Students can also store copies of college admission essays and information about scholarship applications and deadlines. The important thing is to help the student set up a system to store the information in an easy to access place for the student.
A college application tracking station and notebook will help your student stay on track by having an area where the student can list due dates and tasks and check them off as they are completed. Copies of messages and confirmations can help the student later if he needs to prove that he applied or met a deadline.

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