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How to Help Your Homeschool Child Transition to College

Instructor: Zach Gospe
Are you concerned that your homeschool child might have a difficult time transitioning into college? Don't be! This blog post will help make sure your student is as prepared as possible.

The Big Leap

Transitioning from high school to college is a major change for anybody, but it can be especially jarring for homeschool students who aren't used to an organized, institutional school environment. If this is the position your child is in, don't worry. You can do your part to help prepare your homeschool child for the transition to college. Here are our suggestions for facilitating that transition.

A homeschool student transitions to college

The College Environment

One of the most obvious and impactful changes homeschool students face when they transition to college is the environment. They're used to studying in their own homes, a very familiar location, but in college, they'll be facing crowds of diverse students, big lecture halls, and maybe dorm rooms, dining halls, and large sporting events.

Make sure that your child is ready for this new environment by taking him or her on college visits, or touring your closest university, just to walk around at different times of the day and during different events. Even if that particular university won't be the college your child will attend, visiting it will help to familiarize him or her with the general college environment.

A homeschool student on a college visit

College Academics

Another potential realm of huge change for your homeschool child is college academics. Naturally, this will depend on what and how your aspiring college freshman has been studying at home. However, chances are that the academic rigor of a university will be new to your homeschool child. If not, the lecture/discussion format, as well as being graded on the basis of a handful of major exams and papers, definitely will be.

To help prepare your child for this new academic situation, consider enrolling him or her in a freshman-level course the year before college. Whether this course is offered online or at a local community college, it will help to ease the transition.

College Diversity

If your child grew up spending most of his or her time at home and in the nearby community, he or she might not have encountered all of the academic, political, ethnic, and racial diversity typically found on a college campus. Help prepare your homeschool child for this new situation by introducing him or her to different opinions, encouraging a tolerance for others who behave or look differently from your family and neighbors, and discussing that no one custom or tradition is superior to another.

College & Independence

One final area of potential change for your homeschool child is the newfound independence he or she will have in college. This is important, especially if you've been in charge for most of his or her homeschool career, choosing the subjects, assigning homework and projects, and scheduling study time. You can help your child transition gradually by letting him or her take the reins during the final year of homeschooling with regard to things like time management and courses of study. And if your child will be going away to college, encourage him or her to cook and do laundry and teach them some money-management skills.

A student prepares for independence by doing laundry

By taking these preparatory steps, your homeschool child should be as prepared for college as any other - that is to say, ''ready as they'll ever be.''

With its library of over 100 college courses, Study.com is a great online option when it comes to easing your homeschool child into college-level academics.

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