As parents, we all want our children to be prepared to take on the world. Since their childhood days, we only want what’s best for them because we know how hard it is to survive. However, most parents fail to prepare their children for college.
A survey conducted by Harris Interactive noted that about 92% of students from the 7th- to 8th-grade claim that they will attend college, but 68% of them do not have any idea of what classes they must attend to prepare themselves for college.
According to the National Association for College Admission Counselling, parents must begin planning for college as soon as their children enter middle school. Here are some steps to help you jumpstart your child’s college life.
Open Up About the Idea of College
Children rarely think about their college life when they are in middle school. You can help your children look into their future by talking about college and what they can expect. Your talk does not have to include what colleges you want them to attend, but mentioning the different universities they can go to will help. For instance, you may ask your child if they wish to attend a specialized college like the American International College, or they want to go to a community college.
Partner With Your Child’s School
If your child is in middle school, you may want to work with your school. Set a meeting with your child’s counsellor to keep you updated about how your child is performing in school. Know what activities they are interested in. You can also use this time to check the results of your child’s standardized tests so you can better understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
As a means to prepare your child for college, you may want to stay involved in his or her choice of classes. Most research reveals that students who take math classes from the 8th grade are highly likely to attend college compared with those who do not. Aside from taking math classes, your child may need to take English, history, and science. You can also encourage your child to take foreign language classes since most colleges require a minimum of two years of a language class for admission into a foreign language program. If computer science classes are available, let your child take these as well. With it, they might even discover their preferred career paths.
Emphasise the Importance of Reading
As you take an active role in your child’s education, use this time to emphasize the importance of reading. Reading is the best method to help your child prepare for their SATs, ACTs, and college work.
Develop Study Skills
You don’t have to wait for your child to ask for help on how to study. Teaching study skills is an essential aspect of how you can help your child study better for high school and college. It would be best to let them develop study methods now before everything else gets more and more challenging. Give your child a dedicated space where they can study. Let them adopt a routine and see how it affects their test scores and overall performance in school. If your child needs help, don’t hesitate to look for tutoring programs or any after school mentoring to help your child cope. You can also help them with educational quizzes.
College can be an exciting time for your child. However, it can also be a scary experience for them. Remember that, while you are preparing them, never make them feel academically pressured. Allow them to build self-confidence by helping them prepare for college. Above all the academic preparation, it is also vital that you prepare your child emotionally and psychologically, and I’m pretty sure that they will thank you for it.
*Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post*