How To Help Your Children Get Into The Best College
As a parent, from the moment your children are born all you ever want is the best for them. You want them to be happy, successful and fulfilled, chances are that you want them to have a successful career and a good education too…
So when high school graduation approaches and the time for them to start applying for college nears, you will almost certainly find yourself doing what you can to help them write a great application that will be well received by a top notch institution (and hopefully one not too far from home!)
This post is for parents like you, who want to know what they can do to help their children go far in education and in life:
Start Planning Ahead
Your son/daughter might just have started thinking about college, maybe a few months before the time comes – but you on the other hand have probably been thinking about it for the last 18 years. Planning for college in advance will help your child to best prepare, so talking to them about college and getting them to think about it in advance will help when the time comes.
Talking about college with your 16 year old will give them the opportunity to really think about not only what they want to do there, and where they want to go, but also what they want to do for a living and with the rest of their lives.
Research The Institutions
Every school has its own personality, ethos and specialities and know a bit of background will help when it comes to writing applications. It is also important of course to make sure that ethos fits with your child’s personality.
For example, if your son wants to study a science, get him to consider whether he would rather go somewhere with a big cutting edge department at a college which emphasises the sciences, or whether he would prefer to be a part of a smaller, more intimate and perhaps more dynamic science department.
Getting this right will not only mean that he is happier whilst actually at college, but it will set him up to confidently answer the inevitable interview question of “Why do you want to come here?”
Work On The Resume
Of course it is ultimately up to your kids to decide what they do with their time, but as a parent you can inspire your children to consider how they can make themselves better on paper. Assuming that your kids will want to go to the very best college that their grades will allow, it is really important that they set themselves apart.
Any sort of extraciricular activity is great, particularly though try to engage your children to want to take part in the sorts of activities that will develop their organisational or leadership skills. Running clubs or being an active member in the community are ideal.
Also look for potential activities related to the subjects they are interested in. Most schools would often rather take the applicant who is most devoted to his subject instead of the one with better grades but only moderate enthusiasm.
Get A Tutor
The final part of the puzzle of course is getting the right grades. All any parent can really hope for is that your children will reach their potential and to do so it is important that they try hard at school and do their home work.
However; there are many instances where getting a personal tutor can really help, especially if you plan ahead. As long as he/she excels in the subject he/she wants to study you should be ok, but many institutions will also want to see at least average grades in Math, English and Science, so if these are weaker areas, a tutor might help.
Choosing whether a tutor is necessary and what subjects one might be needed for will depend of course on the research you have already done, and once again this is a great reason to plan well ahead.
This guest post was written by Rick from UkTutors, thanks for reading.