St. Cecelia: Middle Schoolers and College Preparation

How Middle Schoolers Can Prepare for College

As a parent or guardian, you undoubtedly understand the importance of education in your child’s life. You may understand that a child’s high school performance can determine their college admission and acceptance rates, but were you aware that your child’s academic performance in middle school shapes their high school and college study skills? In this blog, St. Cecelia Interparochial Catholic School offers a few tips that your child can implement into their studying and school routines that will promote academic success.

Plan Ahead

To ensure that your child understands just how important high school and college are, make sure that you explain to them what college means to you. Sit down with your child and talk to them about what careers they are interested in. For example, if they might want to become a doctor or nurse, look at medical schools in the area. Make sure they are passionate about the career they are interested in. If they are interested, they will be more motivated to learn more. Encourage your child to talk with professionals who are in that job field. If you have a friend or family member who is in the medical field, see if your middle-schooler can shadow them for a day at their work. Make sure that you have some sort of financial plan set into place. Whether you are educating yourself and your child about student loans or a helping them to set money aside in a savings account, make sure that you have some sort of plan.

Work Hard

If your child is succeeding academically, consider choosing classes at the high school level that are a bit more challenging. Explain to your child that although the classes they may take could be challenging, you are there to support them and provide them with the help that they need to succeed, they just need to study and work hard. If your child is working hard, they should play hard. Provide them with time set aside for family and friends. Remember that it is is a great idea for your child to get involved in extracurricular activities like sports, clubs, music, or art. Encourage your child’s outside of school passions.

Seek Help

If your child is struggling, make sure that you do what you can to help them. If you are good at the subject that your child is having a hard time with on, carve out some time to work with them. They will feel motivated to work harder if you are working with them. If you find that they are not responding to you, do not get frustrated, look into hiring a tutor to help them with the subject. Many college and university students work as tutors and can help your student to understand a subject better. If your student is intimidated or frustrated, the may not work to the utmost of their ability. Try to provide them with a calming study environment.

Contact St. Cecelia

Your child deserves an education that prepares them for high school, college, and the working world. St. Cecelia provides children with the skills that they need to succeed. St. Cecelia is a Blue Ribbon School, and each instructor is focused, kind and dedicated to providing your child with a robust education. Contact us online today or call us at (727) 461-1200.

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