4 ways to help your scholar prepare for their college applications

The annual Uplift Education College March celebration is just days away and we are excited to use this ceremony to celebrate the conclusion of the college application season as Uplift seniors send off their final application materials! You may be wondering what is included in a college application and how you can help your scholar prepare for their college applications. 

Below are 4 common application Items:

  • HS Transcript: Colleges often report that earning strong grades and taking a challenging course load is the most important factor in the application process. Help your scholar develop strong study habits from an early age so that they will be prepared to put their best foot forward while taking the IB coursework in primary, middle and high school.
  • Essay: Most colleges require one or more essay when applying. No matter how old your scholar is, you can help them prepare for this aspect of college applications by encouraging them to read and write frequently. They should also be comfortable with writing and revising multiple drafts of the same piece of writing.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Most college will require your scholar to submit letters of recommendation from a counselor and one or more teachers. Therefore, it is very important to build strong relationships with your scholar’s teachers and counselors so that they have detailed information to include in their letters.
  • Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, & Personal Responsibilities: Colleges are looking for well-rounded students, so participating in various extracurricular activities likes clubs and sports are key in showing colleges that your scholar can balance academics and a personal life. Colleges and universities will also take work experience and personal responsibilities like carrying for younger or older family members) into consideration when looking for strong students. Don’t be afraid to try several activities or clubs until you find that one that is right for you. Starting these activities young and maintaining them through high school will show colleges that your scholar is dedicated and can with commitments.

Talking to your scholar about their college application will help them stay on track and prepare for those college or career choices this upcoming May.

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