Toward College Success: Is Your Teenager Ready, Willing, and Able?
"Toward College Success: Is Your Teenager Ready, Willing, and Able?" will help parents of middle and high school students evaluate and prepare their sons and daughters for a successful college experience, or help them realize that something other than college right after high school is the better path for their child. More
Nearly one in four freshmen flunks out, drops out, or disappears for other reasons from their college campuses. When your son or daughter waves goodbye from the dorm parking lot, what’s the chance he or she will add to that statistic?
That’s a question most parents would like to answer long before they plop down thousands of dollars in tuition and fees. "Toward College Success: Is Your Teenager Ready, Willing, and Able?" will help parents of middle and high school students evaluate and prepare their sons and daughters for a successful college experience, or help them realize that something other than college right after high school is the better path for their child.
Potential college students need to be prepared while still in high school, or even earlier, to successfully manage their time and priorities, to know when and how to ask for help, to handle conflicts maturely, to self-advocate, and to live on a budget. If new college students must learn those basic life lessons at the same time they are learning to adapt to a new, more rigorous learning environment while working toward a degree and choosing a career path, they are starting with a significant deficit. "Toward College Success" asks parents what they are doing while their teenagers are still living at home and under parental guidance to develop their students into resilient, confident, self-sufficient young adults. This book also warns parents to prepare themselves for the possibility that their teenager might not be ready for college straight out of high school or ever. While those possibilities seem unacceptable to many parents, "Toward College Success" show parents that there are advantages to waiting, and there are viable alternatives to college.
"Toward College Success" will make parents aware of the numerous issues their students will face in college; to evaluate their teenagers’ maturity, responsibility, and readiness for the encounters and decisions that await them; and to offer parents ideas on just how to prepare their teenagers for success. Although academic readiness is the first indicator that parents think of when assessing their teenager’s ability to succeed in college, this book points out that if their son or daughter can’t get up in the morning, always blames teachers for poor grades, or has never sought out a teacher or counselor when problems arise, then a stellar grade point average will not equal success. "Toward College Success" encourages parents to give their teenagers graduated responsibilities, let them make their own doctor appointments, and insist that they operate on a budget. Those skills will smooth over the transition to being on their own so that they can concentrate on succeeding academically.
Included in this book are numerous interviews with parents, college students, school counselors and advisors, law enforcement personnel, teachers, medical personnel, and school administrators. Over nine chapters, this book shows how families and their students have struggled with a range of issues and challenges, some of which represent success stories and others not.
At the end of each chapter are examples of how parents can prepare their teenagers to be successful in college and beyond while they are still at home. These examples give parents ideas on how to help form their teenagers into confident, responsible young adults, while also showing parents when they need to administer consequences and when they need to hold their tongue.
This second edition of "Toward College Success" contains updated statistics and other information, and presents a few new stories. The same solid advice to help parents evaluate and prepare their teenagers for success beyond high school that filled the pages of the first edition remains.