Helping your student pick a college major

Choosing a college major might be one of the biggest commitments a high school student has ever been asked to make. 

A lot of students worry that once they choose a major, that’s it. That’s what they’re going to be when they grow up. Daunting, right? And while you might know that career paths don’t always follow straight lines, your student might feel pressure to nail down their professional goals now to ensure they are on the right path.

Supporting good study habits

Earning a perfect (or near perfect) GPA is an attainable goal for sure — your student just needs a plan. It can’t hurt to be proactive and talk with your student as the new semester begins. The next time you have some time with your student, ask them about school, “Ready for school?” or “How’s school going?” If they’re struggling, share some of the tips below and help them get started.

It also helps to be prepared when your student comes to you with questions or opens up about grades, stress or upcoming assignments. 

When to take the ACT or SAT

Taking the ACT or SAT is a part of going to college for many students. Though they can take it as early as their freshman year of high school, most students take it their junior year. If your student is going to take it, they should consider completing it by December of their senior year. It's a good idea to check with individual schools for deadlines.

5 study tips

When it comes to understanding course material and getting a good grade, studying is just as important as showing up for class. If studying isn’t your student’s strong suit, these tips might help.

Get organized

The first step for your student is to get organized. They should start by pulling together all the notes they take in each class, including study guides and any flashcards or readings. Then they should group the notes for each class so they can study them one at a time.