18 During their sophomore year, students need to take college prep courses and work hard to get the best grades possible. They also need to look for ways to further develop their interests, talents, and skills. Continue to monitor academic progress Your child’s courses this year are likely to be more difficult than they were last year, and additional study may be necessary. Encourage your child to work hard, and discuss how good grades will provide more college options and opportunities. 10th Grade Advising Your Sophomore Help select appropriate 10th grade courses In the spring, review your child’s four-year high school plan and help select the most appropriate courses for the following year. Plan meaningful summer activities Make sure your child engages in positive, meaningful activities over the summer. Encourage him/her to join an athletic team, take a course, develop a hobby, read, and/or volunteer at an animal shelter, hospital, or nurs- ing home. Many colleges also have excellent summer programs for high school students. Discuss internet use Remind your child not to post anything on a social networking site such as Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat that he/she wouldn’t want a college admis- sions officer to see. Admissions officers do check these sites. Start a college savings account If you haven’t started saving for college yet, begin now. Also, look into 529 Plans. For information on 529 educational savings and prepaid tuition plans, go to www.collegesavings.org.