For some students, the final term of school will be their last before transitioning into a college or university program in the fall. With a new beginning on the horizon, now is the perfect time to help them get prepared for the social and academic changes they will face, oftentimes while living away from home.
There are three skills that can really help a young adult manage the post-secondary transition with success.
Learn to Use a Calendar System
Young adults have jam-packed schedules between school and social obligations. Teach them to organize and prioritize their time by using a calendar in their smartphone to track their whole life. This habit will help to prevent missed papers and deadlines as well as help manage heavy workloads. And of course, importantly, they will know just when they have the time to dedicate to fun!
Practice Managing Stress
Taking a break is important for our mental well-being. As you notice your child stressing about their school work, remind them a brain break is good for their health. Encourage a walk in the park, working out, calling a friend, meditating or even viewing a favourite show. The important thing is to remind them that after the break, the studying resumes.
Visit the School and Surrounding Area
Just like you did when your child went to kindergarten, help them feel comfortable with their life change by attending orientations and visiting campus. If your child is moving to attend school, consider taking a weekend or two away together to explore their soon to be home. Find familiar places to eat and shop, discover local hot spots, and figure out where important places like the campus medical facility and library are housed.
Whether academic or personal, the next several years will be a challenging time for your child. Be prepared to be a sounding board and support them with any obstacles as they move into early adulthood. And finally, don’t forget to plan take some time to just hang out and enjoy your child to help build your connection.
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