Fiske Countdown to College: 41 To-Do Lists and a Plan for Every Year of High School

Fiske Countdown to College: 41 To-Do Lists and a Plan for Every Year of High School

Bruce G. Hammond

Language: English

Pages: 162

ISBN: B003TFE054

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Unique, simple approach to the complicated college prep process, from the leading authority in college admissions.

Getting ready for college is a complicated and confusing process - how do you know when to take the SAT? When do you start applying to schools? What classes should you be taking to help prepare you for college-level work? Is there anything you should do before high school?

Fiske Countdown to College is a comprehensive collection of simple, easy-to-use checklists that explain everything you need to do in each year of high school to make preparation for college a breeze. There are 28 "to-do" lists for parents and students, ten "don't" lists, three "top 10" lists, and two glossaries, divided by year, that walk you through high school to college. Quotes from students, parents, and counselors offer advice and support from people who've been through all of this before.

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mid-December, and again in April, your high school will be abuzz with news of where the seniors have gotten in. Pay attention to the college choices of seniors whom you respect. Quiz them about why they made the choices they did, as well as what they think of the places you are considering. Think about Reaches and Safe Schools Nobody has any trouble finding dream schools, which are typically selective and therefore called “reaches.” More important is to find some colleges that you like and

showing their work, particularly to a parent. In this case, ask that they do show it to at least one adult such as a teacher or counselor. Track Mail and Email Important information still occasionally comes via snail mail, but most of it is now online. You may need to prompt your son or daughter to check the email periodically. Teens are so oriented toward instant communication that email sometimes gets forgotten. Crack the Whip There may come a time when you must lay down the law—for

because of not doing that.” TRINITY UNIVERSITY STUDENT THE FINANCIAL AID PROCESS Though students can help, parents should take the lead in applying for aid: Gather Tax Documents Early Ideally, you will be able to apply for financial aid based on completed tax forms for the calendar year that ends immediately before aid applications are due. Anything you can do to speed along your W-2s and 1099s will help. Gather other relevant documents such as information on untaxed income, bank accounts,

Mimi Grossman, St. Mary’s Episcopal School (TN) Elizabeth Hall, Education Consulting Services (TX) Andrea L. Hays, Education Consultant (GA) Darnell Heywood, Columbus Academy (OH) Bruce Hunter, Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School (UT) Deanna L. Hunter, Shawnee Mission East H.S. (KS) Linda King, College Connections (NY) Sharon Koenings, Brookfield Academy (WI) Joan Jacobson, Shawnee Mission South H.S. (KS) Diane Johnson, Lawrence Public Schools (NY) Gerimae Kleinman, Shaker Heights H.S. (OH)

motivated student, the most sensible times for test prep are the summer after tenth grade, leading up to the PSAT in October of grade eleven; or, January to March of grade eleven, in preparation for a March or April test. “I equate test prep courses to Weight Watchers. If you need the accountability and support system, it can be very helpful.” —SCHOOL COUNSELOR “I took an SAT prep course that didn’t help at all. After taking it, I got my lowest verbal score ever.” COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY STUDENT

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