We all want our kids to do well in life and succeed at school. The benefits of doing well at school open up the chance to go to university and eventually land a high-paying job. However, it isn’t easy for kids to get to university these days, even the clever ones. That’s down to a variety reasons. Here are five tips to help your kids get that all-important place at university.
Help Them Save
University is very expensive these days. So get your kids saving from an early age. If they have a part-time job through college, try to encourage them to save some of their wages. In the run up to starting at their chosen university, they will need to apply for loans, bursaries, and grants to help them afford life away from home. Tell them to use a student loan resource to help them figure out how much loan they need and what their repayments will be once they’ve graduated.
Studying and revising for exams isn’t one of the best ways for kids to spend their time. However, if they want to bag a spot at a university, they will need to sit regularly down with their books and notes. Keep reminding them that it will all be worth it in the end. If possible, create a quiet corner in your home where they can study away from distractions. If you have a home study, even better!
Take Them To Open Days
Most universities will hold open days so that prospective students can take a look around the campus. It also gives kids a chance to chat to lecturers and professors about their course. There will also be plenty of current undergraduate students around to chat to kids about the benefits of their course. It’s a good idea to take your child to these days, as it can help them make a final choice.
Teach Them Life Skills
Going to university isn’t all about academia. Your child will also need to be well-prepared with plenty of life skills. Two of the main ones are cooking and money management. In the few months before your child goes off to uni, try to teach them some skills they can use in the kitchen. This way, you can be sure that they won’t just be living off unhealthy takeaways! Try to teach them the importance of money management as well. This will help their student loan last a little bit longer!
Always Be There For Them
Your child will suffer from homesickness in the first few weeks of university. Make sure you are always there for them if they need to talk. Let them know that you are only a phone call away. If things get very bad, tell them they can come home for a weekend. However, try not to let them come home too early. Otherwise, their homesickness might be a lot worse once they return to university!
Hopefully, this blog post will help you encourage your child to get a prestigious university spot!