Back-to-school time is already here, and for high school students, that means more than just returning to campus.
Getting your teen the help She needs
Fall is the time when many aspiring college students take the SAT or the ACT, in addition to loading up their class schedule with Advanced Placement (AP) courses. With so much pressure on students to do well, does your child need academic support?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in October 2011, 68.3 percent of 2011 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities. Of these students, 91.9 percent were full-time students. With the majority of high school students moving on to college, the competition for admission is tougher than ever. Giving your child academic assistance through tutoring or test prep may be that last little push that assures he or she will receive college acceptance letters.
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Know when to step in
How do you know when your child may need extra help? Revolution Prep, an educational software and services provider, has compiled a list of ten student behaviors that may indicate a need for academic assistance.
"Most parents don't know that a student needs help until they show up with a poor grade on their first exam or assignment," according to Ramit Varma, co-founder of Revolution Prep. "However, there are ways to figure out much earlier if a student will likely need additional academic support." Varma suggests that parents focus on three points to determine whether their child will struggle in a specific class.
Who should be taking AP courses?
Many parents may encourage their students to take AP courses in high school to help them get into the college of their choice, butt are AP courses something that every high school student should attempt? Many students think that taking AP courses is only for the most highly-academic students.
"While AP courses are typically quite challenging, they certainly aren't only for the most highly-academic students," says Varma. "Students of all levels can choose to take these courses to challenge themselves to learn college-level content, and get early exposure to what college courses are like." With the highly academic coursework students will experience in an AP course, it is essential that parents stay on top of how their child is doing in order to help them succeed.
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By asking your child questions about their classwork and staying involved, you can help them get the assistance they need to succeed in high school and beyond.
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