I'm in college now paying for it as I go. It's a chore but I'm plugging along. I was a underachiever in high school. Although I did well I probably gave it a %50 effort. With the knowledge I have now I would go back and really apply myself and I would be going to my college of choice for free. My brother is about to begin high school. Most of all the people in my family are pretty smart people so I know the ability is there. He's been near the top of his class up until now. He's at the point where I started giving a poor effor at school. So what's the best way to encourage him and bring him along so he's the most educated and sets himself up where his college is paid for and a great job is in place. I don't want to become like one of those parents that puts way too much pressure on the kid and causes failure. But with a little older perspective I would like to give him some good advice and for him to take it in.