How to Guide and Advise Your Sophomore
In addition to working hard in school and being involved in a variety of activities, sophomores need to start identifying their abilities, aptitudes, and interests. Sophomores should also be looking for ways to further develop their talents and skills.
1. Continue to monitor academic progress.
2. Continue to encourage involvement in activities and the development of leadership skills.
3. Encourage your son or daughter to sign up for the PLAN, if it’s offered at your school.
The PLAN measures the same academic skills as the ACT (English, Math, Reading, and Science). In addition to an “estimated ACT score range,” sophomores receive an evaluation of their interests and an assessment of their study skills.
4. Consider the PSAT/NMSQT.
The PSAT/NMSQT is a national test that’s administered by high schools in October. Although the PSAT/NMSQT is a primarily for juniors, many sophomores take it for practice.
5. Explore and discuss college options.
Gather information, go to college fairs, and make informal visits to colleges. Think about your child’s aptitudes, interests, and abilities, and help your child view his/her interests and abilities in terms of possible college majors.
6. Select courses for the 11th grade.
In the spring, review your child’s four-year high school plan, and make sure that your child selects the most appropriate courses for his/her junior year.
7. Plan summer activities.
Help your son or daughter choose meaningful activities for the summer months. If possible, look for activities that relate to a career field that relate to a career field that your child is considering.
8. Update your child’s “Activities and Awards” record.
At the end of the year, add all sophomore activities, awards, etc. to your child’s “Activities and Awards” record.
9. Add money to your college savings account.
College graduates, on the average, earn $1,000,000 more in a lifetime than high school graduates.