Attending college and earning a degree is a common step that today’s young adults take to prepare for professional success later in life. A recent study indicates that more than 33 percent of Americans today have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Because of how important a college education is in today’s work environment, parents often take substantial steps to prepare for their child’s college years. For example, you may have been saving money for college for years already.
However, simply sending your kids to college is not enough. They need to be academically successful during these years to get the maximum benefit out of their college education. Parents can help children learn the skills for academic success while they are still young, and these skills can be used effectively throughout the college years and beyond.
When you talk to your child about teachers who he or she enjoys spending time in class with and why, you may discover that many of these teachers make learning fun in some way. In many cases, these are personable individuals who have great presentation skills. Just as these skills are important for teachers, they are also important for students.
Students with great presentation skills may feel more confident, and their skills could even compensate for an otherwise mediocre presentation. In addition, presentation skills are critical during college interviews and even later in life when interviewing for jobs. Giving your child presentation tips, rehearsing speeches before a big presentation and more can be helpful to your child.
Disorganization can unfortunately lead to wasted time, lost assignments, a reduced ability to study appropriately and more. Teaching your child how to organize his or her activities is important, but this also needs to carry over to prioritizing assignments and organizing activities on his or her calendar.
Help your children set up binders and other academic supplies up-front at the beginning of each year and review their organizational system periodically to ensure that they keep up with it. Show your children how to create a list with prioritized tasks at the top and to work through tasks in the order of importance. Remember that this can even extend to studying for exams. Students should be able to identify which topics are more important to study for an exam, and they should become thoroughly proficient in those areas first. Your child may even use Pomodoro or another time management app to better manage time when juggling multiple to-do items that require their attention.
Working With Others
Children do not live in a bubble, and this carries over into adulthood as well. Your children will need to work with others in smaller or larger groups throughout the school years and often throughout their working years as well. In many cases, individuals do not get to choose which people are in their group. They must learn how to get along well with others even when their personalities are not compatible. Compromising and organization are critical in a team environment. Maybe your children are able to confidently take the lead, but they should also be able to comfortably work on tasks that are delegated to them.
Working with others is about being flexible and staying on task. It is also about helping others when needed so that the common goal can be achieved. Each person should be accountable, so your child should not feel as though he or she needs to do all of the work for the group. Organization and communication are also essential for individual success within a team environment.
When your child mentions working in teams at school, talk about challenges he or she is facing and how to deal with them in a beneficial manner. It can take time to learn how to participate effectively in a team environment, but this is an essential skill that is necessary throughout life. Your children can benefit significantly from your guidance in this area.
Many younger children do well in school initially, but they never actually learn how to properly take notes or study. When they hit high school and college, these seemingly successful students struggle because they simply do not know how to learn and study. Learning and studying styles vary dramatically. For example, some children are visual learners, and others are hands-on learners. However, children generally should know how to learn and study effectively in multiple ways for maximum success.
Reading is an essential skill for education and studying. One reading strategy that is beneficial involves reading small sections of text initially. For each section, the student can jot down a few notes and think through what is actually being said in the text. Taking notes is just as important as reading. This process can help children to stay awake and to remain focused. It can also help time fly for students when in a class that they do not particularly enjoy or find interesting.
A Final Word
Adults may take many of these skills for granted. It is easy to assume that kids already know these skills or will learn them on the fly as they progress through the various levels of their academic career. However, when you work with your child on developing these skills as soon as possible, they may enjoy greater academic success overall. In addition, your focus on these areas ensures that your children have the skill set necessary to succeed later in life after graduating.
About the author:
Michelle Laurey, a daughter of two Beatles fans is also a freelance writer who especially enjoys writing on a rainy day. She writes about various topics and shares her experience with others. She is a bit of bookworm and loves to spend time in local bookstores. When at home, she spends time making no-bake cakes and teasing her cat Momo. Talk to Michelle on Twitter or Facebook.