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Preparing Your Child for College

Preparing your student for college can be overwhelming, particularly if you haven't been through the college preparation and application process yourself.

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Here are some simple tips you can use to help your child achieve his/her goal of going to college.

1. Talk to your child about his/her plans for college. Help him/her set and meet personal and academic goals and stay motivated to go to college.

2. Keep track of your child's progress by meeting with his/her teachers and guidance counselors on a regular basis. If your child is having a rough time in a particular subject, seek the help of a tutor or talk with teachers to see if they are able to work one-on-one with your child before or after school. Also be sure to ask whether your child is being adequately challenged in his/her classes. If s/he would benefit from switching to more rigorous classes, find out what you can do to make that switch happen.

3. Get your child involved in activities outside of school. Helping your student to discover their interests and talents can help them determine what they would like to study and participate in in college.

4. Enroll your student in academic enrichment programs when school is not in session to  promote year-round learning. Summer camps offer great opportunities to gain and hone skills of all kinds.

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5. Take your child to visit universities and attend university events that are open to the community to help your student get acquainted with a college s/he may be interested in attending.

6. Help your child develop the skills s/he will need in college. Teach time management, good study habits, independence, self-discipline, and the importance of a strong work ethic. Also be sure to teach him/her basic life skills, like cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, balancing a checkbook, etc. S/he will needs these skills in college--and beyond!

7. Research different universities and majors that you believe may interest your child. Get him/her involved in the research process by having conversations about his/her academic interests, preferred geographic location(s), extracurricular interests, etc.

8. Remind your child of lessons you've taught him/her throughout his/her life. Treat others as you wish to be treated; choose your friends wisely; be smart with your money; lead a healthy lifestyle; think before you act. If s/he can keep these lessons top-of-mind, s/he'll be well-positioned to make good choices in college.

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