College Success: Advice for Parents of High School and College Students

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Family & Relationships - 296 pages
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All parents want their children to be successful in college. For most, success means that their children graduate from college with a good job or are accepted to Graduate School. This book is for parents who want to help their children achieve the success they desire in college and beyond. Clearly, there are paths that lead to those two goals, paths that are often unknown or unclear to parents and students alike. For that reason, the author describes and emphasizes the key factors that lead to college, employment and career success. Parents also receive much useful advice on how to help their children capitalize on their natural talents, find their stride and pursue their dreams. The early chapters quickly take readers through the years prior to college, so parents with children who are not yet in college can determine if they are ready and what they need. In fact, some students may benefit from taking a year off after high school. For parents with children about to enter college or already in college, the author has included the information, tools, techniques and suggestions that both parents and students need. Parents will learn how students can avoid the ugly side of college life, how students can select their major and career direction, the three areas in which students must excel, the universal success skills students should develop, the 18 myths that students believe, the importance of accomplishments, the value of preparation and much more. Most importantly, parents will learn to play an effective supporting role in student success. Each chapter of this book covers a topic that all college parents should understand and address. With the information provided, parents will have the ability to help their children chart a course that can significantly improve their chances for success, during and after college.
 

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Contents

What Children Need From Their Parents
1
The Early School Years
5
Entering High School
14
Make The Most Of The High School Years
32
Is Your Child UnPrepared For College?
39
A Simple Evaluation Tool To Determine If Your Child Is Ready For College
42
Parents Play A Critical Role In Preparing Their Children For College
47
Are You Raising A SelfSufhcient Student?
53
The Senior Year Job Search Actually Starts In The Freshman Year
148
What Do Employers Want From Students?
152
What Do Your Students Target Employers Want?
157
Students Need Effective Communication Skills
160
The Attitude Students Present
166
Your Children Are Not You
170
What Do College Students Need From Their Parents?
173
The Elements Of Success
177

The Importance Of Parental Encouragement And Support
57
Which College Is Best For Your Child?
61
Should Students Take A Year Off After High School?
65
Cut College Expenses
68
The College Years
72
Why Are Your Children Going To College?
77
Every Student Wants To Succeed
81
The Role Of College Parents
85
Dont Behave Like Helicopter Parents
90
The Ugly Side Of College Life
93
In College Temptations Are Everywhere
98
Students Must Learn To Avoid Scams
103
Beware Of Social Networking Sites
108
Tips For Your FirstYear Student
111
College Success Requires A Plan
115
Everything Hinges On Preparation
124
Students Should Excel In Three Areas
127
Why Is Student Involvement So Critical?
136
Has Your Student Discovered The Person Within?
140
Students Can Figure Out What Direction To Follow In College
143
Students Cant Do It All In Their Senior Year
185
To Be Something Special Students Must Do Something Special
191
Accomplishments Lead To Great Jobs
195
Has Your Student Stubbed HisHer Toe Today?
201
18 Myths That College Students Believe
202
Unemployment And Other Unintended Consequences
208
On Building A Reputation
212
Make The Most Of Each Summer
215
Job Seekers Can Be Stuck In The Ice Age
220
Remember What Youre There For
224
Are They Fighting For Their Futures?
229
Differentiation
232
The Whats and Hows Of College and Employment Success
237
How To Build A Superior Resume
241
Its A Sales Letter Not A Cover Letter
247
The Employment Interview
251
A Great Network Is Critical To Employment success
256
There Are No Shortcuts To Success
263
When Students Cant Find A Summer Job
266
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