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Four Things Your Teen Can Do This Summer to Prepare For College and Life

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Four Things Your Teen Can Do This Summer to Prepare For College and Life.

What are your teen's plans this summer? 

Summer is a time to relax, have fun, spend with friends, go on vacation and take a break from school.  But summer can be a very productive time as well. Encourage your teen to weave one or more of these ideas into their summer fun and help them prepare for college and life while life is just a little more relaxed...easier.

Study for SAT/ACT

This one may not be a fun one, but if your teen is planning on going to college, taking a break from studying for these very important college entrance exams  can be harmful. They need to keep up the momentum right up until testing time.

Even though some colleges aren’t requiring the SAT or ACT for admission any longer, these scores are still used to qualify for scholarships. Many of the scholarships are awarded solely based on these test scores. They can be worth thousands of dollars. So, if your teen is going to take the test in the fall, study up this summer to raise the score!

College Prep Genius is the best way to obtain the tools your teen needs to achieve a high score. Even if your student is very academic, with amazing grades, many smart students bomb these tests. They are created for critical thinkers, clue finders, and those that know the tricks used to make the test taker second guess their answer.

College in their future plans? Preparing for these tests can still be extremely beneficial. There is a plethora of jobs that require testing in the hiring process, on the job, or for advancement in their career. Some examples are in the image above.

College Prep Genius prepares your student for the SAT, ACT or CLT, but these tests are also preparing them for their career and their future.


Work, Intern, or Volunteer 

Spend the summer learning and experiencing new things.

Does your teen love animals? Check with a local veterinarian or animal shelter and see if they need help.

Is your church going on a mission trip or to a local organization that needs volunteers? Have your teen join them. Travel and humanitarian efforts are an excellent addition to your teen's resume, transcript and college application.

Work. Having a job teaches so much about responsibility, the value of money, learning to be part of a team, and the building of charater just to name a few.


Learn Something New

Check your local community college for summer classes on cooking, wood working, mechanics, writing a book, sign language, photography, etc. and sign up!  Maybe even attend with your teen and enjoy some time together.

Who knows? Your teen might discover a new love that could lead them to a career they never imagined!

Can I help you gain the confidence you need to guide your teen to graduation?

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Before you go, grab my freebie the Four Styles of Learning and Study Tips

Enjoying the journey,


  Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife of 32years, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and five adorable grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams

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