It can be daunting to think about everything you need to do in preparation for submitting a college application. There will be exams to study for, extracurricular activities to round out your applications, and important decisions to make regarding where you’ll end up and what subject you’ll pursue. Faced with all of these major endeavors, it’s no wonder some students are paralyzed by their to-do lists.

At C2 Education, we encourage students to tackle these steps slowly, over the span of their four years in high school. We don’t just provide tutoring for high school students, we offer valuable guidance as well. Here’s a breakdown of advice to make sure your freshman year is productive.

Fall of Freshman Year

Start things off on the right foot. During your first semester, make a point to meet your guidance counselor. Sign up for AP and honors courses as they become available to you. Be sure to sign up for clubs and community service too—these extracurricular activities are important for presenting a well-rounded college application. Take the PSAT so that you can experience a college admissions test.

Spring of Freshman Year

After winter break, hit the ground running. Focus on becoming a strong student in and out of the classroom by nurturing a strong reading habit. Establish a stellar GPA by preparing for final exams. Sign up for AP and honors courses for your sophomore year.

Summer After Freshman Year

Make sure to take some time to relax during the summer, but don’t be idle too long. Summer is the perfect time to volunteer at a non-profit or community organization, visit potential colleges and prepare for another round of the PSAT. Summer is also the perfect time to find the right tutor to help you with subjects you’re struggling with, or to help you prepare for the SAT test.

Get Expert Tutoring

At C2 Education, we can help keep you on track during your freshman year. Our awesome tutors are ready to help you customize a study plan based on your academic strengths and needs. Stop by your local C2 Education Center today, or call us at (888) 339-5205.