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New Year’s Resolutions for the College Bound Student

From freshmen to seniors, there are worthwhile strategies that students can employ in 2017 that will vastly improve the college admissions process ahead. With the clean slate of the New Year upon us, consider these academic resolutions as you and your student make your way through 2017, together. 

•    For Freshmen

First year students should create specific college application goals early on. Of course, interests and plans will evolve as the high school years go by, but that doesn’t mean he or she can’t make a timeline for college visits, prepping for the PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT, scoping out potential AP courses, extra-curricular activities of interest, and the like. By creating an overarching outline of their college preparedness plans now, freshman students can greatly reduce the stress associated with test prep and applications when the time to apply arrives.

•    For Sophomores
Many high school students wait until junior year before considering college admissions tests, but sophomores who take a hands-on approach to test prep won’t have to work their way up from a low score, or agonize over last-minute cram sessions. By encouraging your child to prepare for the PSAT, as well as research the right admissions test for their skillset (SAT II subject tests, the ACT vs. the SAT), he or she can focus clearly on honing their scores come junior year. 

•    For Juniors
In the midst of maintaining a solid GPA, prepping for the ACT/SAT, participating in activities, and the like, most students have to hustle to complete applications on time. Proactive juniors should use their valuable third year of high school to make a game plan for applications, allowing themselves enough time to create multiple essay drafts, seek letters of recommendation, and thoughtfully engage with college apps at an unhurried pace that’s ideal for best results.

•    For Seniors
Take a deep breath. For parents and students alike, the college application process has likely been a whirlwind. Even for families that prepare early and in detail, the emotional rollercoaster of college admissions merits you and your student some well-deserved time off. Don’t forget that the journey is just as important as the destination. The hard work and preparation he or she has put in will pay dividends in the future, no matter where he or she arrives for college in the fall. 

At Achieve Academics, we recognize that academic preparedness begins early on in a student’s life. That’s why we’ve identified and possess the tools and resources necessary to make your student’s high school career and college transition a positive and successful evolution. Whether your student is prepping for the SAT or ACT, AP tests, or brushing up on the basics, we have small groups classes and one-on-one tutoring that can make 2017 a year of life-changing academic growth for your student.