Maintaining a high-grade point average (GPA) throughout every grade in school is very important. A high GPA gets you into college by setting you apart from the competition. In addition to grades, high test scores on the ACT and SAT open the doors to colleges and scholarships. Get prepared early by:
- Sign Up for the PSAT. Did you know that can prepare from the SAT as early as 9th grade by registering for the PSAT. A high score on the PSAT doesn’t make you applicable for scholarships, but it does give an experience of what the SAT will be like.
- Talk to your Counselor. At every grade level, counselors are excellent resources who can help you get ready for college in several ways. They can help you:
- Find classes to prepare for the SAT and ACT that fit your schedule, are in your community and might be free.
- They can help you decide your major and even your career path by doing personality assessments and finding programs that fit your interests.
- Believe it or not, counselor recommendations are also part of your college application process. Be sure to build a good relationship with your counselor so they can be champions of you in your application.
- Take some time to introduce yourself and schedule a meeting.
- Create a Study Schedule. Great grades are the key to helping you get into the college of your dreams. By creating a schedule that works for you and sticking to it, you can make the most of your time and get the grades you want.
- Building a Relationship with your t\Teachers. Having a strong relationship with a teacher you trust will help you get the academic support (tutoring, etc.) you need to get your best grades, but their recommendations can also help you get into college and apply for key scholarships.