Going to high school means your student will be able to make more and more choices than ever before about what classes to take and, by extension, what their future path looks like. While it might feel like your student is far too young to begin thinking about college and beyond, research suggests that students should start preparing for that journey no later than middle school.
Preparing your middle schooler to enter high school is no easy feat. Not only do you need to ensure they’re selecting classes that best suit their career goals, but you need to ensure that they’re able to handle independent learning. You might find that your student isn’t completely sold on a career path just yet, so how do you know what classes your child should take? It all can feel overwhelming at times, and without guidance can be a confusing journey for you and your student.
To give your student the best shot of success, there are a few things you can do to ensure they’re going to thrive.
Ensure They’re Ready To Study Alone
During elementary and middle school, students receive much more guided learning approaches. As parents, you are more likely to show them how a math problem is solved or explain an answer about a historical situation rather than encouraging your student to research for themselves.
During high school, students need to take on more challenges when it comes to independent learning. Because of this, parents should take a step back and encourage students to handle homework and assignments independently.
However, this doesn’t mean that you leave your student to their own devices while doing homework. One idea is to hold daily check-in meetings with your student to ensure they’re meeting benchmark goals with their homework and that things are being turned in on time. You can also write out an example study flashcard for your student to use an example to create more of their own.
Encourage Note Taking
Many students are underprepared to take notes during high school. While, for the most part, optional during middle school, a high schooler needs to be able to take detailed notes that they can use to study from later.
You can provide your student with examples of what good notes look like, but it’s hard for your student to take notes if their current classroom setup isn’t conducive for it. Try encouraging your student to take notes while watching TV shows or when attending religious services. By doing this, your student develops note-taking skills while doing something that’s already part of their routine, thus, making note-taking a habit, too.
By taking good, concise notes, your student will be able to recognize areas that they struggle in on their own. They can refer back to in-class lectures and identify difficult areas. Rather than saying “math is hard,” your student can explain that one type of geometry problem is complex. Identifying their problem areas is crucial for them to develop before entering high school, and note-taking helps.
Let Your Student Make Choices
While your student is still in middle school, involve your student in the decision-making process on their class choices. While you may not feel ready to let them handle class selection entirely, letting them have some freedom to select classes is one way to prepare them for the sudden independence they have in high school.
Not only is it an excellent way to let your student have some choice, but it can also allow your student to explore areas they may be interested in during high school and beyond. Testing classes in high school and college can often leave students feeling like they’ve wasted a semester’s worth of lessons.
Middle school is the perfect time to get your student caught up on the subject areas they may have fallen behind on and get them prepared for the more complex versions of those subjects offered in high school. Rather than allowing your student to continue to struggle, early intervention can help get your student back on track and even excelling in previously-difficult subjects.
One way you can do this is by enrolling your student in tutoring services. We at Mighty B Learning can help you and your student set an individualized learning plan that meets every need of your young learner.
Not only that, we can offer meeting times as short as 30 minutes to fit in any busy schedule your student has, either remotely or in person. We understand that you and your student have busy schedules and that schoolwork, while important, needs to fit into your day. We’re here to ensure tutoring is never a burden on your child or you. Reach out to us today and let us help you get your student the help they need in problematic areas.
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