Here’s a summary of important articles from the past week that may give you more insight into the world of college life, admissions, financing, and parenting.
ACT Announces Changes To Information Reported To Colleges
The R2C Takeaway: The ACT recently announced changes to the type of information it will report to colleges. In addition to a students score results, the ACT will be slicing and dicing overall test scores and sub scores to calculate “chances of success” scores that will be shared with colleges but NOT with students. This doesn’t seem fair or ethical to us. Let us know what you think on our Facebook page.
10 Life Skills Every Teen Should Master Before Going To College
The R2C Takeaway: Important life skills this mother wants to make sure her daughter has before finishing high school and going off to college. Does your child have these skills? Any other skills you think should be added to the list?
What Do You Mean You’re Going On A Trip Without An Adult?
The R2C Takeaway: There are definitely two ways to approach your teen going on a trip sans adults, and that has a lot to do with whether or not your child has already lived on their own at college. And, even if the latter is the case, there are still things like financial responsibility, emergency procedures, alcohol consumption, and trip details that need to be discussed before the tip begins.
100% Is Overrated
The R2C Takeaway: A movement in education and parenting that advocates doing away with the “S” word (“smart) is gaining steam. It seems that telling a child her or she is smart rather than telling them they’ve done a “great job” sets unrealistic expectations and prevents them from being able to handle disappointment if and when they are up against a challenging situation in which they make mistakes. Employing a “growth mindset” rather than a “fixed mindset” makes for a much healthier child.
3 Summer Fixes For Bad High School Grades
The R2C Takeaway: A student’s poor showing at the end of the school year is disappointing, but it doesn’t have to ruin the entire summer. Parents (and students) need to be proactive and make sure they find ways to get back on track ASAP so that the new school year is not a repeat of the last. Communication and finding the root of the problem(s) is key, as often, academics is only one part of the problem; there may be psychological issues as well.
Education Department to Miss Obama Deadlines on Helping Student Borrowers
The R2C Takeaway: A deadline that was “set in a March presidential memorandum on the implementation of a ‘student aid bill of rights,’ was missed by the Department of Education. That deadline, July 1, on three key directives from President Barack Obama involved setting higher standards for debt collectors and clarifying borrowers’ rights when they attempt to discharge federal student loans in bankruptcy. The Department has long been under criticism and it’s director was not very forthcoming with information regarding the deadline, but said that “results of their work” would be coming shortly.
College Admissions: Prepare Your Audition Materials This Summer
The R2C Takeaway: Students who have an audition component on top of their applications and essays should take the opportunity the summer affords them to prepare their pieces and material. Setting aside time to rehearse and record, if necessary, anything that is required will help take off some of the pressure of the coming school year.