College Preparation Timelines – Is Your Student on Track?

ChecklistWondering whether you are on target for preparing your high school student for college?  There are some great college preparation timelines you can use as guides.

Here are some options to check out:

  1. adMission Possible – Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz has detailed college preparation timelines for freshman through senior year of high school.
  2. Petersons – There are separate college preparation timelines for students and parents
  3. Big Future – This site has parent action plans for each year of high school

Check with your high school counseling office to see if they have their own college preparation timelines for students to follow each year.

Once you have decided on a timeline to follow, make sure you have a way to track progress.  This could be a paper checklist, an Excel spreadsheet, online task management software, or a whiteboard.  It can be as high-tech or as low-tech as you want.  The important thing is having the tasks in front of you and your student and establishing deadlines for getting them done.

College preparation timelines give you a guideline for making sure your student is on track for college admissions.  Using them every year of high school will help you and your student avoid extra stress in the college preparation process.

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