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Top 5 College Preparation Books

Preparing for College is an exciting and sometimes anxiety inducing endeavor. There are tests to take and applications to complete, then there are dorm items to buy and roommates to find. It is comforting to know that others have tread these same paths and have taken the time to write about their experiences. Read my Top 5 College Preparation Books. 

 

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Top 5 College Preparation Books

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College Preparation Planner

THE PLANNING FOR COLLEGE PLANNER

 College Preparation is hard enough without having to keep up with thousands of pieces of paper. The Planning for College Planner gives the rising college student one place to record all of their high school information, research and evaluate colleges, and keep up with deadlines, applications, and letters of recommendation. This is the one book you need to take you from your freshman year of high school to your freshman year of college.

how to win scholarships

HOW TO WIN SCHOLARSHIPS

By: Monica Matthews

When Monica Matthews’s son was a senior in high school, she wondered if she would have to go back to work full time to pay for his college education. But before sending out her resume, she decided she would do everything in her power to help her son win enough scholarship money to pay for college.

She partnered with her son in the research and application process and he was awarded so much scholarship money that she and her husband paid NOTHING for his education. She has compiled her knowledge and experience into her book How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps.

 

College Bound by Melanie Studer

COLLEGE BOUND: THE ULTIMATE LIST OF CONVERSATIONS TO HELP YOUR TEEN THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

By: Melanie Studer

Melanie Studer is a teacher and mom who knows how to talk to teens. She knows that it is tough to get their attention and tough to keep them focused. In her book College Bound she breaks down the difficult topics into easy bite-sized conversations to have with your teen as they are going through high school. These conversations will help you and teen decide how to approach the college search and application process, as well as decide if college is the best option.

 

THE NAKED ROOMMATE AND 107 OTHER ISSUES YOU MIGHT RUN INTO IN COLLEGE

By Harlan Cohen

This book and it’s companion, “For Parent’s Only,” was first recommended to me by the Assistant Dean of my son’s college. It is a hilarious and realistic look at college life. According to Amazon, it has been the #1 go-to guide for college life for over 10 years. This book makes a great graduation gift.

fiske guide to colleges

FISKE GUIDE TO COLLEGES

While there is no shortage of online college search possibilities, sometimes there is no substitue for a book with the information all in one place. A College guide book gives you a place to highlight and put sticky tabs and easily compare information. The Fiske Guide to Colleges is another dog-eared, underlined, and highlighted book at our house. A new addition is released every July.

I now have two sons in college and my daughter is a junior in high school. These Top 5 College Preparation Books are the books we have used to help us navigate through the choppy waters of college prep.

PLANNING FOR COLLEGE CHECKLISTS

Get your FREE copy of the Planning for College Checklists - Junior Year, Summer Before Senior Year, Senior Year, FAFSA, CSS-Profile, Scholarships, Dorm Shopping, Packing for the Move, and the Parent Survival Kit for College Drop Off and the Glossary of College Admissions Terms.

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