Once students reach High School, they may try to talk you out of being involved. You might hear: "Don't bother," "I'm fine," or "I don't need your help." Don't believe it! Your teenager needs you now more than ever.
Here is a list of way you can help your teen during their High School years:
College Visit Trips
- Know your child's class and Regents schedules
- Meet with the teachers
- Provide encouragement
- Help with the college application process
- Visit college campuses and fairs
- Assist with the Financial Aid process
- Learn about application fee waivers
- Investigate scholarships
Identify local colleges that are near public transportation.
Go to www.campustours.com
and take a virtual tour with your child.
Contact school admission offices and schedule tours.
Purchase an MTA Fun Pass (unlimited subway rides for a day) and visit as many college campuses in the city as much as you have time to do so.
College Fairs are great places to learn more about colleges that interest you, but keep an open mind when you go so that you can discover other colleges and programs that you may have never considered. For a list of College Fairs, visit www.hesc.com
.Ways to Support Your Child
- Ask questions about what the student is reading and studying. Listen carefully to the answers.
- Discuss homework assignments
- Encourage the student to read stories to younger siblings
- Help the student find the answers to his/her personal and academic questions
- Read what the student is reading and discuss it with him or her. Don't make judgements or talk down, just discuss it.
- Encourage the student to write about his/her thoughts, feelings, conflicts, and experiences
- Provide time and space at home for homework, reading, and writing
- Find out about your child's school through homework, newsletters, and conversations with him or her
- Be sure that everyone in the family has a public library card and that you visit the library frequently
- Encourage the student to share his ir her writing publicly through a school literary magazine, a community newspaper, letters to the editor,... etc.
- Provide tools for writing (computer, paper, pen and reference materials like a dictionary, thesaurus, and quotation book).