In addition to working hard in school and being involved in a variety of activities, sophomores need to start identifying their abilities, aptitudes, and interests. Sophomores should also be looking for ways to further develop their talents and skills.
- Continue to monitor academic progress.
- Continue to encourage involvement in activities and the development of leadership skills.
- Consider having your son take the PSAT/NMSQT. The PSAT/NMSQT is a national test that's administered by high schools in October. Although the PSAT/NMSQT is a test primarily for juniors, many sophomores take it for practice.
- Select courses for the 11th grade. In February of the student's sophomore year, review the four-year high school plan, and make sure that the student selects the most appropriate courses for his junior year. Encourage the student to think about taking an Advanced Placement (AP) or elective course if they have not already done so.
- Explore and discuss college options. Gather information, go to college fairs, and make informal visits to colleges. Think about the student's aptitudes, interests, and abilities, and help your child view his interests and abilities in terms of possible college majors.
- Plan summer activities.
- The student should update their activities list.