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Your child is growing up in a world where peer groups have powerful influence and technology offers powerful distractions. You, your parent group and your school have to work hard to send a message that planning for college is an effort that pays off. Here are some ideas from The College Ed Create a College-Going Culture Guide by the College Board:
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By GreatSchools Staff
It's simply the best preparation for the SAT, ACT or college reading assignments that your child can have.
While you're at it, why not make vocabulary building a family game by learning a word a day? There are lots of free subscription services that will email a word of the day, like this one from Dictionary.com . Your child can teach the daily word to the rest of the family at dinner and quiz you at the end of the week.
High school is the launch pad to college. How does yours measure up? Does the school offer AP or honors courses? These classes put students at an advantage when applying for college. Will your child have access to them? Can anyone take them or do the students have to have a certain grade-point average or be selected by their teachers? Are there electives and extracurricular activities that will motivate and engage your child? If not, do you have other school options? Or do you need to find community resources — music groups, sports clubs, tutors — to supplement what the school offers? Research your child's future high school now, contact the parent group and visit classes to help insure a successful high school experience for your child.
Your child will need time-management, organizational and study skills to succeed in high school and college. It's easier to address these issues now than it will be when the work gets more challenging. Make sure your child has a quiet place to do homework and the necessary paper, pens and other materials close by. Help him get into a regular routine and monitor the results. If you need to, talk to your child's counselor about how to get extra help - after school, at a community center or in a tutoring program. Take a look at GreatSchools resources on study skills for more tips.
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