As a parent who is trying to help my daughter find a suitable college, I found that her biggest stumbling block is time management. It seems that all the details that came at her from different directions put her on overload, and she shut down. I think my husband and I helped when we sat down with her and built a simple master schedule. It wasn’t a big deal, we just listed necessary actions on a calendar and then helped her do them one at a time. I think out mistake was expecting a college planning pace that felt overwhelming.