This has been the question of the week. Ok, ACT Mom, I get it. But where do I go from here?
Here is my best advice.
Parents, you should be involved. I would encourage parents to purchase the “red book.” Take it apart and put it into page protectors or laminate it. We are going to be using these over and over again. The counseling office at your child’s school should also have a free copy of a real ACT test.
Look over the test yourself. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Is studying for the ACT something that is feasible right now in your family? Have an honest conversation with your student about his/her hopes and dreams for the future. Do they involve college? Is your student interested in a state school, private school, or community college? How much does all of that cost? Go to your favorite school’s website. What merit scholarships are available?
How would your student benefit from a great ACT score? Does he/she need scholarship money? Is your student aiming to get into an Ivy League school where a great score is mandatory?
Develop a plan for your student’s success. If your child is young, you have time and you can move slowly. My 7th grader does the first 30 math problems on our ACT practice tests because they are usually the easiest. It is great practice for him and it is already building his confidence. If your student is a senior, there is still time. However, more time and focus will be required.
Take a baby step. Assess where you are. Take another step. Assess. Get help where you need it. Practice and repeat what you already do well.
Above all, cherish this time with your children. Love them well during this season of life when their hopes and dreams are still fresh and alive. What a privilege we have. I look forward to our journey together.