Holiday break is here and if your child is like most, he or she is probably grateful for a little time off school and away from homework. While a break is certainly in order and important for children to recharge and rejuvenate, CEO and Co-Founder Eileen Huntington of Huntington Learning Center encourages parents to use these next couple of weeks away from school as a chance to open the lines of communication and plan ahead for a great rest of the year.
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.”
If your senior is preparing application packages for college next fall, holiday break is a great opportunity to put the finishing touches on some of the more personal elements—like the application essay. The college application essay is easily one of the most important pieces your teen will ever write, and Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center says that students should give it the attention and care it deserves. “Essays that are well written and sincere give admissions officers a glimpse into who an applicant is ‘off paper’,” she says. As teens prepare to send in their applications in the new year, Huntington encourages them to use the downtime of holiday break to polish their application essays. Here are several tips as they do so:
It’s holiday break, a welcome pause from school and extracurricular responsibilities for your child. While most children look forward to the chance to relax and unwind, Eileen Huntington, Co-founder and CEO of Huntington Learning Center reminds parents that holiday break is also a good time to gear up for a great second half of the school year. “If your child has gotten off to a rocky start or just wants to maintain momentum in the spring semester, holiday break is the time to reset and refresh,” Huntington says. How can parents help their children “recharge their mental batteries” and finish the year strong? Here are several tips:
If your household is like most, there are many day-to-day duties that must be completed. While tasks like laundry and doing dishes may seem tedious for children, research conducted by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development shows that "involving children in household tasks at an early age can have a positive impact later in life."