Helping Our Teens Prepare For College and Beyond

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Maddie and Ashley are both preparing for college and we are sharing information about Sylvan Learning and their college prep programs in this post in partnership with them.  


Parenting teens is a whole different thing than parenting younger children. Instead of teaching them their ABC’s, we are teaching them lessons for the next part of their lives like how to change a tire and how to prepare for college.

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It’s a really fun time because there are so many opportunities available to them. They can be anything they want to be and this is the start of a whole new adventure for them. I try to encourage both of my teens to think about what they love and find interesting when we talk about their future college plans. I know that they are both so different and that their happiness and success depends on finding a career that they really enjoy and have a natural talent in.


Maddie has always loved learning and has gravitated towards science-based careers. Since she was little she has said that she wanted to find a way to harness plants ability to regrow after being cut back to be able to work on humans! With big plans like that, she is going to really need top test scores to get into a college with a strong research program.


Ashley, on the other hand, is all about fitness and nutrition. She believes that a healthy body is the key to staying illness free. She has big plans to start a company providing personalized plans to help people stay on track with their health goals.

lessons for teens

As parents, we learned early on that having open conversations with our kids about their future and their goals is the best way to raise children that are happy, well rounded, and excited for the future.


We have no doubt that both of our teens will succeed at their career goals, but we also know that it is up to us to help them be their best when it comes time to applying for college. As we learned more about Sylvan Learning during our partnership this year, we were drawn to learn more about their College Prep programs. Geared towards those in grades 9th -12th, Sylvan Learning test prep programs and college prep courses lead to real results. Some of these results are higher scores on the ACT and SAT to standout college application essays and greater success in advanced courses.

Sylvan Learning has ACT/SAT Prep classes with small group instruction, or independent learning, on the skills and strategies needed to obtain higher scores. These scores are just as important now as they were when we were in college, and I love that they can get the skills to master the classes and the confidence that comes from really knowing the material. Sylvan also has expert ACT and SAT tutors who know the college entrance exams inside and out. Along with these options, they also provide students with personalized homework to help improve the skills that your child needs to work on the most. I know that my teens excel in most areas, but they each have one area that is always a bit more challenging than others. Having this personalized attention assures that they are getting the help in the areas that they really need it.

We (like most families today) have busy schedules and Sylvan Learning offers flexible class hours to fit our busy lives. They even have a program that our girls can participate in when we are on the road and traveling. Sylvan Prep Online is a personalized online learning environment which is included in the in-center instruction and can also be a stand-alone class. The online learning environment has thousands of detailed video lessons on how to approach SAT/ACT test problems with subject-specific video lessons to help improve areas of need. It also has an interactive vocabulary builder with hundreds of common test words and features full-length, timed practice tests to prepare for the pace and format of the SAT and ACT which ultimately builds confidence for test day.

You can learn more about Sylvan Learning’s programs on their website.

Do you have a teen getting ready for college?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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