Helping Your Student Be Prepared

Your support is one of your teenager’s most important resource. It doesn't matter whether or not you went to college - by encouraging your children and assuring them that college is important and that they can succeed, you can help them far more than anyone else.


Prepare them for what to expect
  • College gives students a tremendous amount of freedom.
  • No one is monitoring their progress on a daily basis.
  • No one knows whether they’re doing the assignments.

Students should be prepared to do most of their learning on their own.
  • Self-motivation and discipline are important.
  • A general guideline is that for every one hour spent in class, college students should spend two hours out of class reading, studying and completing assignments.

Let them do it on their own
  • Early College or Dual Credit students are treated no differently than any other community college student. 
  • There are no parent conferences 
  • Communication regarding community college students is restricted due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA. 
  • College is the time for parents to make the transition from being their child’s primary advocate to becoming a supporter.
  • Help your teenagers learn by instilling the message that their academic success depends on their taking responsibility for their own education and behavior.

Discover all that community college has to offer
Support systems are available at community college, such as learning labs, free tutoring, career planning, transfer services and computer access, but students must seek out the services, ask for the help and follow through. You can make sure your teenager finds out about all the resources available through Student Services.