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07/10/2017
Going to college is something all students should look forward to. Sadly, this isn't always the case. That is why we want to share some age-appropriate ways to motivate your child to go to college.

Start Talking About College with Your Child at a Young Age

Talking to your child about college can make a positive impact and get them started on the right path. There are many things that you need to take into consideration when it comes to this. Parents usually have many questions regarding when to start talking about this subject at home. Is there an age when you should aim to discuss college? Can you start as young as the first grade? Is it too late if your child is already in high school? The following information can get you started.

Focus on Different Aspects of College at Different Stages

You can start talking to your child about college as early as you want as long as you don't overwhelm them and make the information you provide age appropriate. For example, a child in kindergarten may say they want to be a doctor. Instead of simply responding with, "That's great, honey."  Respond with, "Wow, that is a really great career! Did you know that all doctors go to college and study medicine to become doctors?"

How to Start Talking to Your Child About College According to Their Grade Level or Age

  • Kindergarten and elementary school. For younger children, focus on getting them curious about different careers. Mention to them the different areas of study and what major they should study in college based on their interests. For example, if they say they want to be a teacher say, "Yes, teachers study education in college in order to become that," etc. This is a great way to introduce younger children to the concept of college and make sure that they understand the value of it. To learn more about college readiness for younger children, read this article by the Hot Chalk Education Network.
  • Higher elementary grades. Once children are in higher elementary grades, such as third or fourth grade, start to introduce them to college in a more school-like context. Research has shown that between fourth and fifth grade is the perfect time to start actively introducing your child to the idea of attending college. Taking them to visit a college campus before they start fifth grade is an ideal way to get them to see what college really is for themselves.
  • Academic struggles. If you suspect your child is struggling in any subject or they don't seem to be doing so well on their report cards, don't let these problems take over. Provide them with the best tutoring help right away so they can improve and get their grades up in no time. At The Tutoring Center, Salem OR, they have the best academic programs and expert tutors to help your child advance in school. Contact them today by filling out the form on this page, or dial (971) 600-3288 and ask for a free consultation.

  • Middle School. During middle school, encourage your child to explore different interests and career options. They can then research what colleges offer those programs. Help them pick out other universities and colleges of their interest to go visit. Talk to them about college as something they should look forward to. Be sure to focus on the fact that it is much more than just a place to study but somewhere to enjoy learning and choose what it is they want to learn. Try to encourage after school activities and extracurricular programs that can improve their chances of going to college.
  • High school. High school is perfect for enhancing the previous encouragement efforts that you created. It is the time to actually start making decisions around what colleges to apply to and what career path they want to take. However, if you haven't had the chance to instill a college culture in your child, now is the time to get them excited about this new step. Be sure to talk to a school counselor right away along with your child so they can best guide you on the action steps to take. Also, check out these tips for parents of college-bound teens.

Get Your Child on the Path to Being College Bound with Tutoring in Salem OR

Whether your child is in elementary school or high school, don't let them fall behind in school. Make sure they thrive in any academic environment by getting them the help and support they need. Contact The Tutoring Center, Salem OR today at (971) 600-3288 and receive a free diagnostic assessment for your child.

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