In terms of preparing for college admissions, your junior year might be your busiest. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead and tackle items step by step. Junior year may be hectic, but it’s also an exciting time as you inch closer to college.

Here’s a breakdown of what to do to ensure your junior year is productive.

Fall of Junior Year

As you begin the school year, keep in mind that it’s imperative to get stellar grades and take on leadership roles in extracurricular activities. Also be sure that you’re taking challenging courses, as colleges take course selection into account during the admissions process. During the fall, take the PSAT one last time and compete for National Merit status. Meet with your guidance counselor to finalize a list of colleges to visit and get signed up for tutoring for the SAT.

Spring of Junior Year

The spring of your junior year will be exam-heavy. You’ll want to take the SAT, SAT subject tests, ACT and AP exams. Use your results to develop a college prep tutoring plan to improve your scores next year. Also during this time, be sure to meet with any college recruiters that visit your high school to get used to speaking with university reps. Visit at least two colleges over spring break and begin to collect applications.

Summer After Junior Year

Summer won’t offer much of a respite as you’ll need to keep up with your volunteering or work. Consider beginning drafting your application essays; the sooner you get started, the more time you’ll have to perfect them. Visit more colleges and hone a definitive list of top choices. Prepare for senior year’s classes and exams.

Excel With C2 Education

At C2 Education, we’re here to keep you on track during your junior year. Our expert tutors are ready to help you customize a study plan based on your previous scores, academic strengths and personal needs. Stop by your nearest C2 Education Center today, or call us at (888) 339-5205.