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Start Early for College Success: A Guide for Middle School Parents and Students


Are you a parent with a middle schooler who's already thinking about college? It's never too early to start planning for your child's future. In fact, starting early can make a huge difference in the college admission process. That's where Sapneil Tutoring comes in - we're here to help your child get on the right track for college success.

Here are some tips for parents and students to prepare and plan for college during middle school:


  • Establish good study habits

Middle school is the perfect time to start developing effective study habits. By creating a homework and study routine and getting organized, your child will be better prepared for the rigorous coursework they'll face in high school. It's important to pay attention to communication from teachers and school so that assignments are completed on time.


  • Choose challenging courses

Colleges want to see that students are taking challenging courses and doing well in them. By taking advanced courses, your child will have more opportunities to choose high school courses that colleges prefer. Meet with your guidance counselor and International College Counselors advisor to discuss which courses are best for your child's future goals. Don't be in a rush to put your child in high school level classes if you're not sure how they'll perform, as those grades will appear on the high school transcript and affect the GPA.


  • Get caught up and/or ahead

If your child is struggling in a particular academic area, seek extra help and tutoring. Improving academic performance in middle school will position them to earn better grades and keep academic options open in the coming years.


  • Explore extracurricular activities

On a college application, students need to show depth and leadership in at least one or two extracurricular areas. Encourage your child to explore their interests in middle school, so they can figure out what activities and community service they enjoy most. This will make it easier for them to build their resume during their high school years.


  • Read, read, and read some more

Reading strengthens verbal, writing, and critical thinking abilities, improves memory, focus, and communication skills. It also prepares students for the SAT, ACT, and high school reading assignments.


  • Discuss college and career options

Start envisioning your child's future and talk about how college can translate their dreams into a career. Help them understand the differences between middle school, high school, and college. Share your expectations with them as well, as this can influence their own expectations of themselves.


  • Familiarize yourself with college costs and how to save money

Start learning how to make college affordable. Options to cut college costs include scholarships, low-interest loans, work-study, or attending a community college before going to a four-year school. Students can also earn college credits through AP, IB, and/or dual-enrollment classes at a local community college while in high school.


At Sapneil Tutoring, we know that starting early can make a huge difference in the college admission process. By following these tips, you'll be on the right track to college success. Don't stress about it now, but start planning early so that the process will be much easier later on. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your child achieve their college goals.


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