College Readiness & Executive Functioning: Is Your Student Ready for College?
Time moves fast as a parent. One day you’re looking to enroll your child in a pre-K program – then, before you know it, your child is all set to graduate from high school and embark into adulthood. While senior year is an exciting time for your student, transitioning to college also brings the subject of college preparedness to mind for us as parents, raising one critically important question: Is my child ready for college?
Of course, college may not be the preferred option (or even the most accessible option) for every student – but a wealth of research routinely shows possessing a bachelor’s degree leads to greater income potential compared to a high school diploma. For example, data from 2021 illustrated that individuals who possess a bachelor’s degree earned approximately $22,000 more on average per year when compared to their peers who possessed a high school diploma.
The same study notes that college graduates were able to navigate the Great Recession better than their peers who did not possess a bachelor’s degree. During economically uncertain times, a college education may afford your student some much-needed stability.
Despite the clear advantages associated with pursuing a college education, students will inevitably experience a wide array of academic challenges which compromise their ability to earn a degree. Common academic challenges include poor study habits, difficulties comprehending course materials, test anxiety which contributes to negative exam scores, and much more. The ability to meet and exceed these challenges greatly hinges on your student’s overall college readiness.
What is College Readiness?
College readiness (also referred to as college preparedness) is defined as the level of competence an independent student requires to enroll and succeed academically in a postsecondary institution offering a bachelor’s degree program.
Want to help your student get ready for college? Start focusing on what NOT to do for them. As parents and full-time caretakers, we constantly grapple with allowing our children to do things for themselves. It’s easy to lose sight that hardship – and even failure – is oftentimes a precursor to empowerment and autonomy. When it comes to preparing your student for college success, it’s your job to create the space required for your student to decide to do things for themselves. Academic coaching services from Effective Students are specifically designed to show you how.
College Readiness Skills = Executive Functioning
Executive functioning skills are the number one indicator of long-term success. Self-awareness, a lead executive functioning skill, coupled with self-management, is what can make freshman year a success or failure. The late years of high school and early years of college are when students have the real opportunity to develop these skills through practice, success, struggles, and adjustments.
The sooner students become independent with executive functioning skills, the more prepared they’ll be for studies in higher education. Life will expose this skill or lack thereof. So, if we’re intentional about building these skills in our kids, they will develop the ability to self-direct, no matter which path they choose.
Effective Students will help your child become aware of what they can do themselves and become more independent, while also assuring parents that their concerns are being addressed. Our academic coaches are ready to help college students achieve academic success.
How to Get Ready for College with Effective Students
Need help with college prep? Check out the Effective College Connection specifically designed for students transitioning out of High School and moving on to college. We make getting ready for college easier for students, empowering them with the skills that help them achieve their goals in education, paving the way to college success. Have questions about whether this is right for your student? Contact us for more information or to learn more about our academic coaching solutions.