Teens who want to earn more credits can participate in summer college courses. But they are not alone on this journey: parents can help them perform well in Summer College. Preparing and following a schedule is something parents can do to keep structure at home. Here, we discuss the ways parents can help students get through Summer College.
Every parent knows that the way teens perform at summer college has long-term consequences since it gets recorded on their transcripts. Doing poorly affects their education career and lowers self-esteem, too. Thus, parents should help teens on this journey.
1. Make a Schedule and Stick to It
Schedule will help students do everything they should do before the class because it is much easier to fall behind in Summer College. Since students have to study a lot in a short amount of time, schedule is vital – both for studying and for downtime. Readings and assignments should always be done, and this is when you need a schedule.
Parents can really help keep the schedule. They can create structure at home and make sure everything is in check. Parents should also make sure students have enough time to complete assignments after their classes. Explain to your teens that assignments are priority. When teens understand the importance of grades, they will be willing to follow the schedule.
On average, every hour spent in class requires two or three hours of independent studying. This is not how it works in high school. There is certainly more content they have to study thus they should understand more work is required of them.
2. On-campus Resources Can Be Of Great Help
In high school, students get reminders of assignment due dates and other important dates, but college doesn’t work like that. No one cares if you miss the deadline, even if it was for an assignment that accounts for a big part of your grade. Students have to keep everything in check.
However, students aren’t alone there. Those who have problems can meet with academic advisers to ask for help and advice. There are office hours and students can meet with professors to talk about different issues. If your teen doesn’t know how to start, a simple way is to ask about how a professor became interested in the subject. Most of them love talking about it.
Students can also consult with tutors and other students who can explain a topic, etc. Parents should encourage students to use on-campus recourses and contact tutors and professors. However, parents shouldn’t contact professors instead of teens and ask for updates on the grades.
3. Don’t Plan Family Vacation During Summer Months
We know that summer break is for relaxation but you shouldn’t plan a family vacation if your teen is in summer college. They will fall behind quickly if they miss classes. Therefore, you should think if it’s worth it before planning anything. Teens should understand that summer college requires a lot of time and energy, thus they shouldn’t do things like a part-time job.
A college course takes a lot of effort, energy and time, especially when a student wants to be successful. As a parent, you should be supportive and help the teen understand the importance of this necessary time commitment. We recommend taking only one college class, so teens will have time to relax and have fun.
What do you think of Summer Colleges for teens? Should they participate or just have fun during the break? Share your thoughts in the comments below!