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How to Prepare Your Child for College

Good grades, perseverance, SAT prep—these are all great assets for a child in school. However, preparing your child for college requires addressing their academic, social, and emotional needs.

Parents and family should always be involved in their child’s education. College prep should start sooner rather than later. The National Association for College Admission Counseling and other organizations recommend starting as early as middle school.

To be a positive influence:


Talk to Your Child About College

As a middle schooler, your child may prioritize social issues over their grades. Your conversations with them should include what major they may choose in college, and what career they may be interested in. Even visit a college or two to help your child envision what it will be like and become more comfortable with the idea.


Stay on Top of Your Children’s Grades

In middle school, your child’s grades will impact their potential in high school; in high school, academic performance is measured to predict college success. High GPAs can translate into scholarships and grants to help pay for college. Track your student’s grades throughout the school year. To start, you can check if their school has an online service for tracking grades in real time, which can help spot grading errors or find, for example, math or science tutoring when needed.

Also, be active in your student’s education by:

  • Being involved in your child’s choice of classes, including English, history, math, and foreign languages, as well as computer courses.
  • Encouraging reading so your child builds vocabulary, can prepare for exams such as the SAT, and complete college reading assignments.
  • Determining if their high school offers AP/honors courses and what grades they need to be eligible for these.


Focus on Social and Emotional Learning

Your involvement can go beyond academics to aid your child with whatever social issues they’re dealing with. Changing friendships, pressures related to drugs and alcohol, and changes in physical and emotional development can affect academic performance. Be open to talking to your child about their social lives, offer assistance and advice, and seek professional help if necessary.


Let Your Child Struggle

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Long before your child takes an NYSED Regents or starts working with an SAT prep tutor, they are bound to struggle at some point. A poor grade can reduce a student’s self-esteem, but failure is inevitable in life. Your child needs to understand this. Rather than bailing them out or picking up the slack, look at their coping strategies and watch out for signs of depression and problems such as eating disorders, drug use, or self-harm.

The pressure to succeed in school can cause anxiety. Help your child reduce anxiety by showing them how to manage stress, whether by creating a schedule or learning breathing techniques. These tools can help in many facets of life.


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Connecting your child with expert tutoring resources can address their opportunities and improve their learning, studying, and test-taking skills. JM Learning offers access to AP exam tutoring, SAT prep classes, and crash courses in academic subjects. Learn more by contacting us at 718-975-2665 or info@jmlearning.com today.