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How You Can Help Your Child Get Ready for College

Getting ready for college


Even if your child has just recently enrolled in a private college prep school, it’s never too soon to start thinking about college. Ask your child to meet with his or her guidance counselor early in the year to discuss his or her academic aspirations. The prep school counselor can help your child select classes, explore college choices, and understand admission requirements. There are also ways you can improve your child’s college readiness throughout his or her years in high school.

Educational Direction
It’s perfectly normal for students to have difficulty choosing a career path. Your child may want to be a veterinarian one day and a financial analyst the next. It isn’t necessary for students to map out their ideal career path as soon as they enter high school, but it can be helpful to have a general sense of the academic areas that students prefer to focus on. Encourage your child to nurture his or her interests by taking a variety of electives and participating in extracurricular activities.

Academic Strategies
Learning the material in the curriculum is important, but so too is knowing how to learn. You can help your student prepare for college by teaching smart studying strategies, time management skills, and organizational tricks. If your child has a learning difference, consider talking to his or her teachers about effective strategies for overcoming obstacles. For example, if your child has a hard time focusing, it might be helpful to set a timer so that he or she can work for 30-or 45-minute intervals before taking a break. This method can reduce pressure and stress for your child.

Practical Life Skills

Many students go off to college not knowing how to do laundry or cook a basic meal, but your child can be better prepared. Involve your child in the daily routines of life, from managing a budget and reading a credit report to shopping for groceries and doing housework. Orinda Academy has a study skills class for all ninth graders and OA students are well prepared for college.

At Orinda Academy, our prep school students in Orinda, CA, receive the one-on-one support they need to prepare for higher education. In addition to our exceptional academics, we teach students important skills like time management, organization, and self-advocacy to help them excel well beyond high school. To find out how our prep school can facilitate your child’s academic success, give us a call today at (925) 478-4504.