Have you ever gotten to experience stepping onto a college campus to register your child for classes for the first time and felt like you just entered the Twilight Zone? I think I aged 10 years that day! lol. My how life just flies by. I have had the unique privilege that is now becoming more available to students and families across America to have my teen son dual-enrolled. In a nutshell, it means he gets to attend college classes at a local community college part of the day earning real college credits towards a degree while still attending his junior and senior years in high school the other part of the day. This amazing opportunity can be both exhilarating and frightening for both the student and parents.
Never fear – I’m here to tell you there is hope! There are many things you can do to help prepare your student for this rewarding experience and #FallBackToSchool with ease! In this post you’ll find lots of great tips for making the transition of back to high school or first time at college go more smoothly. I’d also like to share the Follett #FallBackToSchool campaign with you and ask you to share your own back to school tips with us in the comments below, or you can reach out to @FollettNews on Twitter or Follett Corporation on Facebook and let them know your suggestions on how to make back to school schedule adjustments and preparations go smoothly.
One very important tip is to make sure you choose a sturdy backpack with multiple compartments for storing high school books and folders in one section and separating the books and notebooks for the college courses in the other sections. I cannot stress enough that the value of a well-made backpack with separate sections for organizing the students various books and assignments can be critical for them keeping ahead of the game and staying successful in both high school and college classes. You also want to have a backpack that won’t wear out with the weight of all those books and wear and tear of being tossed around on the floor often between switching from highs school to college campus.
Stay smart, orderly and on time by keeping a student agenda or handbook with daily assignments and a calendar for recording dates of future projects. It can be an extremely vital tool to ensuring success this year.
Developing good communication skills within your student is so important as they’ll need to use them to ask key questions to teachers, administration and college professors about their classes, or even to catch rides to commute back and forth to and from the college campus and back to the high school each day for dual-enrollment.
Plan ahead and set up your student’s class schedule with the college as early on as possible. Getting into the classes recommended by your student’s counselor is important to their success by starting the year out on the right foot. Having the extra time early on to hunt for the college textbooks on sale through either Amazon.com or eBay is helpful, but you can also attempt to get them cheaply through a rental service which I think is even better! Caution: You need to keep in mind it takes a few weeks for books to ship media mail from most of these companies so don’t wait until the last minute!
Another fantastic asset some feel is very helpful to assist your student is to embrace the use of technology in today’s educational world. Check out this great info-graphic!
For this reason, I recommend utilizing time-keeping apps for iPhone or iPad if you have access to them. Additionally, I have my son use a timer and spend at least 30 extra minutes each night studying for one subject he feels he could use the extra time invested in that week. I like the use of the apps since most teens/college age seem to be all about their cell phones and tablets. It’s helpful to give them positive suggestions on how to use technology in a helpful way to improve their educational success!
There are so many other valuable tips waiting to help your student grab hold of a successful school year this year. Visit Follett for more helpful Back To School info that will encourage and enable your student to be off to a great start! Don’t forget to share your #Fallbacktoschool tips with us in the comments below!
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