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College Readiness Tips


Research shows that elementary school is a critical time for students to envision opportunities beyond high school. According to recent studies, students generally determine by sixth grade if they are college-bound.

Reading Development

A parent's positive role in supporting a child's goal of going to college can start very early. Schedule some time each day to read aloud. This can enhance reading development while fostering a love of reading. The ability to read and comprehend affects all other future learning.

  • Ensure your child has plenty of reading materials.
  • Discuss with your child what is being read.  
  • Encourage reading over time spent watching television.
  • Talk about books with your child and discuss popular books that have been made into movies.
  • Read what your child is reading to encourage discussions - listen to their interpretation of meaning, subjects and actions of characters.

Homework & Study Skills

  • Help your child develop good study skills.  
  • Help them organize study and homework projects using a large calendar or planner.
  • Emphasize the importance of effective note-taking in class.  
  • Encourage your child to take notes as they read a textbook.
  • Help with homework. 

Problem-solving & Social Skills

  • Be sure that your child develops problem-solving skills.
  • Teach your child to break large projects down in to manageable tasks to be done on a scheduled basis until completion.
  • Encourage involvement and commitment within the school and in the community.
  • Help your child see the value of getting involved in a variety of activities or volunteering in the community.
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