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07/10/2017
College is a big step for many students, but it can definitely be a fun experience and a positive stage in life. The following tips can help you motivate your child to go to college no matter what their age is.

How to Motivate Your Child to Go to College

Many students don't consider college an option because of several factors. Some have never been introduced to the subject correctly and only have a vague idea of what it is while others haven't had any family members attend college and therefore don't have a clear idea on how to get there. Whatever the case is, it is important that you instill the desire to continue onto higher education after high school in your child. Don't wait until their teen years to discuss this. The sooner you start, the higher the chances of them getting a higher education and having a successful career.

Kindergarten

  • Young children may not be able to completely grasp the full concept of college since they are just starting to experience their own basic schooling, but they can still learn about college in more vague terms.
  • Mention college in a positive light every now and then and emphasize the fact that different careers require different areas of study in college.
  • Start introducing your child to the concept of college when they are young by mentioning the connection between different jobs and what you need to study in college to become that.
  • For example, when you take your pet to the vet, mention to your child that the veterinarian had to go to college and studied veterinary medicine there in order to become that. Do the same at the doctor's office or when your child mentions they want to be a teacher or an astronaut.

Elementary

  • Since young children are naturally curious, you can encourage them to ask family members and teachers what they studied in college. This can help them start getting used to talking about college.
  • Tell them they can do anything and become whatever they want. Remind them that they need to work hard and go to college to study what they want.
  • Before starting middle school, around third or fourth grade, take your child to visit a college campus or university and talk to them about the importance of college. Answer their questions and encourage them to ask the administration any questions they have.

 Middle School

  • Don't let your child fall behind in any class. Get them tutoring help right away at the first signs of difficulty in any subject. At The Tutoring Center, San Ramon CA, they have some great academic programs that can help children thrive in every class. They offer on one-to-one help that ensures your child receives the help they need to advance.
  • Continue to mention college in a positive way and encourage them to explore more extracurricular activities and sports that can help them define what they want to do in college and later on in life.
  • Discuss the importance of attending college and why it is necessary for a better future.
  • Make sure your child understands that college is more than just about getting a better job; it is also about learning something you enjoy.

High School

  • Sadly, many students are not actively introduced to the idea of college until they are in high school. This can be a disadvantage, but it is always better to discuss it late than never.
  • Talk to your child's school counselors and determine the best action steps to help your child become college bound. Encourage your child to stay in close communication with their counselors in regards to scholarships, activities, due dates, and other tasks necessary for becoming college ready.
  • Discuss career choices with your child and help them start making a more defined selection of areas of study. Listen to them and be supportive of their career ideas. Make sure they select something they enjoy and are interested in.
  • If you haven't done so already, now is the time to visit different college campuses and universities.
  • Talk to your child often, listen to them, be supportive, and encourage them to continue working hard so they can get into the college or university of their choice.
  • Read these tips for parents of college-bound teens offered by teenlife.com


Make It Easier for Your Child to Become College Bound with Tutoring in San Ramon CA

Show your child your support and provide them with the best academic help. At The Tutoring Center, San Ramon CA, your child can obtain the one-on-one help they need to reach their college dream.  Contact them right now at (925) 362 3320 and start getting your child ready for a better academic future today.

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