3 Tips to Prepare Your Student for College

The overall dropout rate of undergraduate college students is 40% in the United States, with 30% of those dropouts leaving before they reach their 2nd year of college.[1]

This is why your student needs a game plan before even heading to college.

Congratulations! Your kid made it successfully out of the maze of the U.S. secondary education system, …..or they are on their way there.

While your financial game plan and your selection of university are also vital parts of the process, what we want to talk about here is their educational game plan.

Students usually believe that their study skills and organizational skills (or lack thereof) are enough for them to move into college.

But what I am here to tell you is that this contributes to the high amounts of college dropouts that happen in the U.S. every year.

Too many things change from a high school study environment to a college environment (Which We All Know).

· They are no longer in a chair 8 hours a day

· Teachers are no longer going to plan their homework with consideration to their other classes.

· There will be no reminders on tests and quizzes.

· Essays are longer and expectations are higher.

· They are now in control of when they study or even when they show up for class… yikes!

You get the point. So, what can you do?

Here are three tips to help your student set up their educational game plan.

1. Identify Their Learning Style

Many students go through their entire High School career without knowing how they learn best and many times, underestimate knowing their learning style. There are many various styles of learning but the main four are…

➡️ Visual: You prefer to use images and diagrams to learn

➡️ Verbal: You prefer to use words whether it is speech or writing or both

➡️ Musical/Auditory: You prefer songs, sounds, and verbal instruction to learn

➡️ Physical/Kinesthetic: You use your senses like touch and feel to learn

You may have heard these methods many times and probably have thought them useless, but we are all individual learners, and knowing how you learn can be very helpful since professors all teach in different ways!

For example, your student may get that one monotone professor that puts them to sleep and audio learning is not their thing.

By knowing that your student Is a visual learner, they can download lecture slides to look at for better understanding.

2. Email Your Professors BEFORE you start your classes

Each of your college professors will teach differently and have different structures for their course. Give your professors a quick email towards the end of the summer introducing yourself and expressing your excitement for your first year at the university!

Many professors have spent their entire lives studying, researching, and getting certified in the subject they teach and will appreciate your interest and eagerness to start.

…… and possibly increase your grade. 😉

3. Hire A Tutor!

Having someone who has gone through this experience and has spent years helping others go through this high school to college transition is a HUGE benefit and relief for your student. And too you as a parent as well!

Having a tutor will give you a head start above the rest!

Also, think of the savings!

$280 a month for a tutor vs. wasting on average, $12,356 dollars on a college semester, and then have your student dropout because they are not prepared.

Now that’s a no brainer!

Overall, college is an exciting and important step in high school students’ development! So, set your student up for success by following these steps.


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[1] Jaleesa Bustamente, College Dropout Rates, https://educationdata.org/college-dropout-rates/, June 11, 2019.