Getting into college, one step at a time.

The road to college should be exciting, not stressful. Here’s how you can take it one step at a time, cut down on stress, and help your child build an application that stands out.

Freshman and Sophomore years:

Starting high school is a big deal. Don’t worry about standardized tests like the ACT or SAT just yet—there will be plenty of time for those later. Instead, encourage your child to focus on:

  • Adjusting to their new school environment and getting off to a good start with their grades and study habits. Our online tutors are available 24/7 to help you child get into the swing of things.
  • Joining a few clubs or activities that they’ll want to stick with throughout high school. Remember, it should be quality over quantity!
  • Sophomore year only: Sophomores can take the PSAT in October if they want, but it only counts as practice. They shouldn’t stress out about it even a little bit.

Between Sophomore and Junior year:

The summer between Sophomore and Junior year is the ideal time for students to prep for the ACT or SAT. Why?

  • Your child probably has more free time . They can focus on their prep without being overwhelmed by school work at the same time.
  • You can get the ACT and SAT out of the way early. Once your child has the score they want, you don’t have to think about it ever again!

Junior year:

Junior year is key for college-bound students. Here’s what they should focus on:

  • Keep up with grades and activities. Colleges pay close attention to what students are doing this year—it’s crucial that your child keeps up with their homework and exams (including AP exams). Our online tutors are available 24/7 to help answer questions and boost their GPA. Check out our video on how to connect with an online tutor.  
  • Take the PSAT. This test doesn’t count for admission, but it can help your child earn a scholarship. Either way, they shouldn’t worry about it too much.
  • Prep for and take the ACT and/or SAT. Aim to be finished with these tests during junior year, but your child will have a chance to test again during the fall of senior year.  
  • Start researching colleges and going on visits . Plan some day trips for the summer so your child can find schools where they’ll thrive. See our video on what to do on your visit.

Senior year:

The end is finally in sight! There are only a few more steps to take before those acceptance letters start to roll in. Here’s what needs to be done:

  • Don’t let your child fall victim to senioritis. These are the last grades colleges will see, and they’ll be looking even after your child has been accepted. If your child is struggling with senior classes, our tutors are ready to help at any time, day or night.
  • Take the ACT or SAT one last time, if necessary.
  • Work on college essays and ask teachers for letters of recommendation. Encourage your child to ask early and send a thank you note to those who write letters.  Check out our video about how to ace your college essay.
  • Submit completed college apps.
  • Enjoy senior year! This is an exciting time for your child. Make sure they make the most of it.