How to Prepare Your Homeschool Student for College

By Shannen of Middle Way Mom

Is your student college bound? Are they prepared for life ahead of them or is it going to be a great shock for them when they finally step foot on a college campus? Get them ready for this next stage in their life before they’re in over their head!

Provide Challenging Work  A pile of textbooks.

Obviously, college classes are a new level for students. For one hour of class time, two hours of homework is expected. On top of that, students are expected to process information at a deeper level. Studying for DSST exams is a great way to take a step in the right direction. Also, studying from college level textbooks for the exam and then preparing with strong test taking strategies is another great way to get ready for college level work.


Make a Plan

How often does your teen make their plan of action? Who makes the lesson plans -- mom or their teacher? Do they know how to take a large project and break it into bite-sized pieces? This is an important skill for a budding college student! Find a large task in the house and guide them through working on it. Don’t give all the answers. Ask more questions than giving answers and watch them work through each step. It won’t always be pretty when you’re the observer, but it’s a valuable lesson.


Teach Time Management

My motto is, “Do what you have to do before you do what you want to do.” It’s all about priorities and making sure that time is used wisely. Teens aren’t known for their great use of time, but now is the time to practice! Rather than monitoring their time and acting as a dictator, give them the tools to create a plan, and stick with it. Talk about what went right and what went wrong. There will always be room for improvement, but make sure they have some strong time management skills before they leave the house so they can be successful!


Let Them Fall

Sometimes it takes falling down to learn what not to do. How many times do you tell your kids, “Don’t do that!” and they still do it? Sometimes they just have to see the consequences. Taking out the garbage sure gets gross when it isn’t done in a timely manner. Weekends are a big drag if homework wasn’t done throughout the week. Don’t let them fall so hard they can’t recover, but remember that personal experience is the best teacher.

Starting college is a new chapter in a young person’s life. This chapter is valuable and worth it to prepare. Don’t let it creep up on you! It’s never too early to start building the foundation for a strong and capable adult. You can do it!


Shannen is getting her 14 year-old daughter ready for the “real world” while running after two more little girls: 3 and 10 months. She never saw herself being a SAHM, but now she excitedly blogs about how they homeschool high school, credit by exam, parenting, faith, and family. You can find her domesticated adventures on Pinterest, Google +, Twitter, and Facebook.


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