With many colleges’ regular decision applications due between January 1 and February 1, holiday break for high school seniors is a good time to put any finishing touches on the college application package—including the essay. CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that whether the colleges to which their teens are applying require an essay or strongly encourage one—or their teens have chosen to write essays to strengthen their overall application—it is best to take a methodical approach to the writing process. “The application essay gives admissions officers a glimpse of your teen as a student and person and tells them a lot about his or her goals, work ethic, character and more,” Huntington says. “A well-planned, well-thought-out essay can have a tremendously positive impact.”
While your teen certainly deserves a mental break from the hectic pace of school, holiday break is an ideal opportunity to focus on the things he or she needs to do in preparation for college. “The quiet of holiday break is a good time for teens to make sure they are on top of all of their college to-dos,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “There is a lot for juniors and seniors to think about this time of year, and now is a perfect opportunity for students to review it all.”
Do you have a senior in high school who plans to go to college next year? Although your teen may have put in quite a bit of effort toward the college application process already, senior year is no time to slack, says Co-Founder and CEO Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center. “These last nine months of high school are when teens really need to stay on track to ensure they do not miss any important deadlines as they make this important life decision,” says Huntington. Here’s a senior year college application calendar that your teen should keep on hand:
Without a doubt, students flourish when they have the support and encouragement of their parents, but there are a number of ways that well-meaning parents unintentionally discourage their children. Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center says that providing children the right type and level of support can make all the difference in their motivation and self-esteem. “Encouragement must be genuine and positive, and although a parent’s intentions might be good, certain types of comments can send the wrong message,” says Huntington. She offers several dos and don’ts for parents when encouraging their children in school:
High school is a different world when it comes to academics—and for many students, it can mark the beginning of academic problems or exacerbate issues that were minor in middle school. According to Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center, parents can help their teens avoid such academic pitfalls—if they know the signs. “High school is a time when parents need to pay very careful attention to what is going on with their teen in school because they will be more removed from the classroom than they ever have been,” says Huntington. “Communication with your teen and teachers is important, as is watching your teen’s grades and demeanor overall.”
Huntington shares five academic pitfalls that can plague students in high school—and tips on what to do if you notice your teen falling into any of them.
Attention parents: if you are considering sending your middle school student to a private, parochial or college preparatory high school, it is important to begin the process of preparing for the school’s entrance exam as early as possible so that your child can perform his or her best. “Studying for any test can be nerve-wracking for a student, but preparing for a high school entrance exam can be especially scary,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “Solid preparation involves understanding the structure of these exams, building test-taking skills and plenty of practice.”
Choosing a college is one of the most important decisions of your teen’s life. While exciting, the process of identifying schools and narrowing the list can be overwhelming to many students. CEO and Co-Founder, Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center says the best way for parents to help is by reminding their teens that there are several essential components to evaluating colleges. “Too often, teens get their hearts set on one or two things and ignore everything else,” she says. “It’s important to focus on what matters most and not overlook the factors that really make the college experience.” She offers this list of key considerations for teens and parents to keep on hand when embarking on the college search:
There’s no doubt that success in school requires that students work hard, put forth significant effort, and of course, reach out for help from teachers and parents when they need it. But the best students embrace several other habits and strategies. Here are some of the most important ones that parents can suggest that their teens follow:
Writing is one of the most important skills a child will acquire as a student—and also one of the most difficult to master.