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After schooling a child at home, the thought of sending them off to college may seem like a huge transition. Parents may want to try to start helping their children early on in their high school curriculum, without entirely taking over the college application process for their children. It is never easy to try to help your homeschooled child pick a career path, but if you are able to take preparatory measures, using valuable resources that are available, your child should be able to
adjust just fine. Here are four ways to prepare homeschooled children for college.
Gauge Their Progress
Any success depends on the individual person. Each child progresses at their own rate. If your child is advanced in his or her learning, it is vital to recognize their talents and take the necessary steps to apply for college scholarships and other opportunities that may help them to feel confident in their abilities away from home.
If your homeschooler is an advanced learner, starting to think about college even when watching their progress in middle school is a great way to prepare. However, remember there is nothing wrong with children who are slower learners, and their pace does not mean that they will not be successful in college. The role as the parent is to gauge the child’s progress in order to guide them down a successful path.
Explain All Options for College
There are many ways to get a college degree these days, and if a child feels as if he or she will not be able to adjust and succeed away from home, there are ways to become successful while earning a college degree from home. As you talk to your child about their future endeavors and where their passions lie, remember that online schools now offer many degrees that can be accomplished with the child being comfortable in a familiar setting. These schools even go on to offer advanced programs such as a master in public administration, so the education will not be limited to a four year degree.
Expose Them to Reality
It is important for homeschoolers to focus on aspects of a school such as class size rather than football rankings. If your child has grown up in a small town, it would be a huge adjustment to send them to a large city. Do you think your child would be able to adapt to a new atmosphere? Put your child in real-world environments to determine if this seems realistic.
Many families wait until senior year to look at colleges. This causes a sense of rush and panic. The college application process is long and needs quality time to be completed. Homeschooling families can use counselors and advisors to help with the application process.
There’s no easy way to find the best school, however, using an effective process to move in the right direction is crucial. This adjustment can come easier if it is started earlier.
About the author: Anica is a professional content and copywriter from San Francisco, California. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty.