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How to Beat the Waiting Game And Prepare Your Teen for College
exam multiple times even after submitting their applications. Many colleges these days are “superscoring” the ACT, which means they will take the highest score from each section on multiple exams, not just scores from one exam. This can really boost your teen’s ACT results and give them — and you — some peace of mind. If all the work is done, there’s nothing to do but wait. Keep busy making fun memories with the family with weekend game nights, camping, and movie marathons. You won’t regret spending extra quality time before the next big step in your teen’s life. FACILITATE DECISION-MAKING TO EMPOWER YOUR TEEN. For their whole life, you’ve likely encouraged your child to have ambitions of their own, and you want to see them follow through on those dreams now that they’re entering young adulthood. The year or two before college is a pivotal time in your teen’s life, and it’s important for them to feel confident about their choices, whether daily or long term. You might find they’re still afraid to make decisions, scrutinize consequences carefully, or commit to one course of action. Allowing your child to make more and more of their own decisions, like doing their own laundry or choosing which college to attend, will help them understand the discipline and self-determination an adult needs to function well in the real world. They might not do this perfectly, but don’t be too critical about their scheduling, and congratulate them when they successfully reach a goal or follow through on an important decision. If your teen can set and accomplish daily tasks on their own, they’ll feel more confident about following their ambitions because they’ll have a positive track record to build on. By strategizing to reduce your teen’s anxiety on exam results, creating positive memories with them, and supporting their independence, you can make their transition to young adulthood an exciting adventure for them— and you — to look forward to.
The most challenging time for parents of a teenager can be during their teen’s last year of high school. The pressure of waiting for college application responses, spending the last few months with school friends, studying for finals, and planning their departure into the real world can wear on teens and parents alike.
With so much going on, including lots of waiting and anticipation, here are some tips to help everyone make the most of the transition.
USE ‘COLLEGE ADMISSION LIMBO’ TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. If your teen is studying for college entrance exams, such as the ACT or SAT, then it’s important to note these are standardized tests. This means that the types and mechanics of questions on these exams don’t change. Some students struggle with ACT or SAT questions, especially in the English and reading sections, because multiple answers can seem technically correct. But the test is always looking for the clearest and most concise answer, or the one with the most supporting evidence.
Practicing the exam is the best way to study. Trial and error can teach your teen how to recognize the subtleties. They should also consider taking the
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