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Besides preparing for their graduation, high school seniors are now preparing for their college applications. But juniors must also start preparing for their college applications as early as now. Even as early as sophomore years, students should already be thinking about their college applications.

Sophomores who are taking up practice tests, like ACT or FAST, should start to correct their mistakes by discussing their results with their counselors, and teachers in English, math, and science, WBUR reported. Students should start taking ownership of their education by speaking to their counselors, mentors, and teachers for their next test or possible summer opportunities. Those who need letters of recommendations should make sure the request come from them - these are just some of the best college planning tips that high school students need.

Moreover, sophomores can start building their profile if they plan on using free scholarship search engines. It is also advisable to start taking notes of the hopes and desires they have for their future, as well as their likes and dislikes. Students should learn the schedules of the courses they are interested in to show their natural curiosities on those particular academic area.

Students should already show their parents what they are truly interested in so that they can organize their activities for the summer. Meanwhile, parents should already learn about the landscapes of admissions, as well as possible financial aides, SCV News reported. Parents should also start visiting different campuses to learn the types of schools that are fit for their children's interests and passions.

Parents, when talking to their children, should ask about their favorite classes, rather than what they plan on majoring in. Parents should also be careful with their attitudes towards any school, since their children might decide according to their values. Parents should bear in mind that college application is a student-centered activity, which means they should give their children the independence they need when deciding.

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