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Checklist for this Week, November 26, 2012


For freshmen

  • Meet with your counselor to make any necessary schedule adjustments for the second semester.
  • Study daily for upcoming exams.
  • Set three goals for your academic and personal life for the coming year.
  • Pick a book from your school library to read over the holidays.

For sophomores

  • Meet with your counselor to make any necessary schedule adjustments for your second semester.
  • Ask your counselor when the PLAN and PSAT results will be distributed.
  • Study daily for upcoming exams.
  • Set three goals for your academic and personal life for the coming year.

For juniors

  • If necessary, verify schedule adjustments for your second semester with your counselor.
  • Ask your counselor when your PSAT results will be distributed.
  • Study daily for upcoming exams.
  • If your school offers a financial aid information session this month, make sure you attend. It's never too early to learn about how to find money for college.
  • Set three goals for your academic and personal life to work toward in the new year.
  • Talk to your college friends when they are home for the holidays. Learn all you can about the college experience.

For seniors

  • Confirm next semester's schedule adjustments with your counselor, if you have any. Make sure you have taken all the courses needed for graduation.
  • Take the ACT in December, or register for the next ACT before the holiday break.
  • Register in December for the January SAT.
  • Get all the necessary college application paperwork to your teachers and school officials this month.
  • Study daily for upcoming exams.
  • Pick up the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from your counselor's office.
  • Attend any financial aid or college planning information nights that your school or school district may offer this month.
  • Visit with your counselor about scholarship opportunities you may be eligible for.
  • Set three goals for yourself to complete in the new year.
  • Talk to your college friends when they come home for the holidays. Ask them all the questions you have about the college experience.

For parents

  • Review important dates (e.g., for exams or term papers) with your teen. Place them on your calendar. This is usually the time when school-related events include concerts, recitals, banquets, and parties in addition to the regular extracurricular activities.
  • Add your teen's exams to the family calendar this month. Help them plan a good time to study adequately. School is still important; remember that you can help to set good priorities.
  • Help your teen prepare for exams by calling out questions from review sheets or helping to organize review materials.
  • If your teen will need to adjust courses or schedules for next semester, remind him or her to visit the school counselor.
  • If you have a senior, make sure all college forms have been sent to the appropriate school officials for completion. The school may be closed and staff may be unavailable during longer periods of time this month.
  • Make sure your senior has ordered all the transcripts for college applications that will need to be mailed over the holidays.
  • Attend any financial aid information or college planning sessions that your school may provide this month.
  • When applying for student financial aid, check to see that your senior has all of the appropriate forms (CSS PROFILE, FAFSA); if not, call or visit the counselor's office. Remember, the FAFSA cannot be mailed before January 1, although you can begin preparing it now.