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Preparing Your Child for College
- January 25, 2019
- Posted by: Lori Gordon
- Category: College Prep
Challenges are Really Opportunities
Helping your child with college planning includes ensuring they’re confident to face the challenges ahead. Sending them off with a positive attitude about challenges seen not as problems but rather as opportunities is a great start. They must be prepared to self-monitor their own performance, problem solve, and find solutions for their own needs. Nudging your child out of their comfort zone may be difficult for you, but it’s a big advantage for them.
Reinforce the Love of Reading
If your child has learned to love reading early on, you can breathe easier. You have incorporated a valuable tool into their life that will make college planning easier and a skill to last a lifetime. The love of reading will help your child succeed in academics as well as in life. Suggest materials that challenge them and it will help increase their vocabulary and communication skills.
At Yorktown Education, advanced students may start college work as young as 14 years old.
Zero in on Focus
Distractions can be a roadblock to concentration and being able to focus is vital in college. As part of their college planning, encourage your child to summarize as they go along when reading a passage. Also, it helps kids focus to have them go back and read a passage a second or even a third time, especially if the content is complex or confusing.
Post-secondary education extends beyond just academics. Helping students develop independence with a wide range of practical living skills will ensure a more well-rounded individual. Problem solving, meal planning and preparation, managing their own finances, and finding the best routes and means of transportation are all valuable life skills and should be integrated into their college planning.
The Yorktown Graduating Class of 2018 averaged over $80,000 in scholarships awarded per graduate.
Stay Calm and Confident
It’s normal for you, as a parent to experience a certain degree of stress when sending your child off to college, but keeping your own emotions in check provides a sense of balance. Your child will feel you have confidence in them if you are not stressed.
College planning should culminate with excitement about the discoveries your student will experience. This is the point where the years of nurturing and guidance come into play to move them forward in their next life milestone. Send them off feeling enthusiastic, poised, and confident in themselves and what’s ahead.
The 2018 graduating class of Yorktown earned on average one year of completed college credit per graduate.
At Yorktown Education we encourage students to progress based on capabilities and what inspires them most. We believe that nothing motivates young minds more than discovering the joy and rewards of learning to “Do What You Love”!