How to Choose the Right Academic Support Service for Your Child Pt. 1

It’s no secret that the college admissions process for students today is much more competitive than in years past, and this trend is here to stay. Recent stories in the Houston Chronicle and on ABC’s Good Morning America cite diligent, hardworking students unable to get into schools often thought of as their “shoo-in or fall back” college or university…all because of the rapidly increasing level of competition among college applicants.

While these reports may scare many parents, they should really serve as a wake-up call. Parents need to get an early start by preparing their children with an academic support system that is structured not only to build a better grade card, but also to aid aspiring collegians in strategically distinguishing themselves from the masses.

Where do I Begin?

The next question parents will ask once they have decided that providing a support system for their child is necessary is, “How do we know what services will work best for our child?”

Because all students are unique, it is important to identify their learning styles and habits before enrolling them in a particular service. This is the most critical step of the entire process but is often overlooked by parents when selecting services. Parents should confront several questions:

  • Is my child an audio learner, a visual one, or both?
  • Will my child benefit from individualized training, or is he more comfortable in a classroom setting involving other students?

A student’s learning techniques usually fall into very common categories: 1) “mean” students, or those students who have a balanced grasp of mathematical and verbal concepts, and 2) students who are more gifted in one area while requiring extra assistance in the other.

Every student fits into one of these two categories, and determining which one is an essential step in choosing the support system that will provide the maximum benefit.

– Deepak Thadhani

  • Nicole

    Great advice! The college application process seems to get more and more competitive and convoluted each year.