Welcome to the Counselor Newsletter
- In honor of National School Counselor Week
- How teachers can use this newsletter
- So, your school is offering the PreACT®…
- Are there parents at your school who have A LOT of questions?
- Three ways to find scholarships
- Help your students feel confident
- You are who you hang out with
- Upcoming Events
- ACT Academy coming soon
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Everyone here at ACT would like to say "thank you" for the work you do.
You make college possible for so many students just by opening their eyes to their own potential.
Sometimes, you’re the only person a student can turn to when they need a direction in their life.
Each student has such unique needs, and you tirelessly work to meet each of them. And for that, we are thankful.
Without you, the goal of college and career readiness for all would not be possible.
Tools for Counselors AND Teachers
If this is your first time seeing this newsletter, don’t be confused by the subject line.
Even though this is the “counselor newsletter,” you can use the information and resources it contains, too.
Below are ready-made email messages and social media posts you can download and send to your students
and their parents to make communicating with them easier and more effective.
Help Communicate the Importance of PreACT to Your School
We’ve crafted a toolkit specifically designed for the PreACT® that contains resources and materials similar to those found in this newsletter.
The PreACT Toolkit gives you:
- Ready-made emails to students, parents, and fellow educators
- Social media images communicating the benefits of PreACT
- A PowerPoint presentation you can use at your “College Ready Day”
Please feel free to share these tools with other educators in your school district as well.
Help Parents Prepare Their Students for College
Have you ever had a parent contact you and ask “How do I start with this, this and this?” Or, when it comes to anything related to college and their child’s future, they say, “I just don’t know what to do to get them interested.”
Direct parents to "Ask an ACT Parent" videos, where commonly asked questions are answered. Parents can find specific advice on:
- College planning
- Financial aid and saving for college
- College and scholarship requirements
- Starting a discussion with their child
- ACT® test information
Class of 2018: The One Thing Your SENIORS Should Do Right Now
Apply for Scholarships
- National Scholarships
- Local Scholarships
- College Scholarships
Your students’ scholarship search can begin on the web, where there is an abundance of resources. For example, Fastweb is a resource that uses a national database to match your students’ unique characteristics to scholarships best suited for them.
There are many more tools out there connecting students to scholarships if they simply search for them.
Then encourage your students to apply for local scholarships. These can be found through the community, religious organizations, local companies, etc.
A lot of students miss out on attaining local scholarships, because they are focused on the national scholarships. Local scholarships could be low-hanging fruit for your seniors because less students usually compete for these compared to national scholarships.
When your seniors apply for admissions, they’ll also be applying for that college or university’s scholarships. But, your students should contact the colleges and universities where they're applying to find additional scholarships.
What You Can Do To Help
We recently talked to students about how they consume information, and the majority of them said they truly “sit up and listen” when the counselor tells them something. That’s why having information on scholarships in your office and knowing where to point them can open doors to more financial opportunities. Starting the conversation is the first step. Use the accompanying email communication to students and parents to do so.
Starting the conversation is the first step. Use this email template for communication to students and parents to do so.
Class of 2019: The One Thing Your JUNIORS Should Do Right Now
Prepare for the ACT Test
Spring of junior year is the best time for students to take the ACT® test. If your students follow this philosophy and have registered for a test date this spring, they may ask, “What’s best way to start prepping?”
How exactly they prep will depend on how much time they have and their personal preferences. But, here are four things anyone can do to start preparing for the ACT test:
- Take a practice test
The first thing is to download this FREE study guide, and take the full practice test. Doing so will allow your students to familiarize themselves with the format and types of questions asked. Also, this practice test will give students an idea of their strengths and areas for improvement.
- Plan study time
Students should set aside small amounts of time for studying until their test. Based on how they scored on the practice test, students should focus on the subject areas that need improvement during these planned study sessions.
- Look at ACT test prep options
Once their schedule is set, have students look at this guide, which presents them with all of our test prep options. With it, anyone can find a tool that fits their style, preferences, and budget.
- Keep a positive attitude
Students should practice positive thinking through the entire process leading up to the test. Encourage them to imagine sitting in the test room, bubbling answers on the scantron, and meeting the challenge of the exam.
Give your spring test-takers the accompanying email communication which introduces them to these four concepts and leads them to a more in-depth look at the prep options available to them.
Send your spring test takers this email, which summarizes these four tips and gives them a more in-depth look at the prep options available to them.
Class of 2020: The One Thing Your SOPHOMORES Should Do Right Now
Surround themselves with the right people
Students listen to you.
That’s why we’ve identified the high school guidance counselor as one of the four people students should add to their support network.
High school is a formative time in a student’s life. A lot of critical, life-changing decisions will be made. This is why it’s important for them to surround themselves with people who want to see them succeed.
In addition to their school counselor, students should include family members, a mentor, and friends in their support network.
It’s important for sophomores to do this now. The sooner they think about college and career – and gather the necessary support – the less stressed, the more excited, and the better prepared they’ll be later on.
ACT National Test Date: February 10, 2018
*PreACT® for students will no longer be offered on February 10th.