Build Confidence; Gain Success –Preparing a Student for College

It is hard to be successful at anything if you do not have the confidence that you are capable. This istrue for people of all ages undertaking any task.

Students may be nervous about writing standardized tests and applying for college and university. Parents and teachers can help to alleviate some of that stress. Here are some important steps to take.

1. Start searching for colleges and universities early

Help your student decide which colleges and universities will be suited to their strengths and needs.Find the ones that offer the program he is interested in and see what the admission requirements are.That way, he will know what kind of scores he needs for entrance and any other requirement the school may have.

1. Teach students how to take notes

Sometimes, adults assume students know what is important and what is not and how to record it. Note taking is a skill that needs to be taught. Learning and mastering an effective note taking technique will go a long way when the student starts college level classes. Help students find a method that will fit their learning style.

2. Help them learn self-discipline

It can be easy to leave the confines of high school and slip through the cracks. There is nobody taking attendance and making sure you are keeping up on your assigned work. Students need the self- discipline and motivation to be successful.

3. Teach time management and organization

Again, these are not innate skills. Students need to be taught how to get organized and manage their time. College courses will have more content packed into a short period of time and it will take some getting used to. Teach students how to make calendars and effectively organize tie (including leisure time.

4. Help them get involved

Some schools look at volunteerism and extra-curricular activities when they are looking at applicants. Volunteering and participating in activities can also help to boost confidence, improve communication skills, and work on other important life skills.

The Bottom Line

Preparing for college can be a daunting task for students who are still just on the verge of adulthood. It is important to help prepare them as early as possible so that they will be ready and confident for what is to come.


Alice Moore