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How To Prepare for College - MUSE Virtual School

One of our frequently asked questions is how parents and guardians can take part in preparing their child for a college education. Never before have students had access to such a diverse range of college choices and fields of study, and families want to take advantage of that accessibility to ensure their child achieves a fulfilling and rewarding college experience.

Fortunately for families, the foundations of college preparation can be both advantageous and intuitive. Let’s discuss three straightforward ways you can cultivate a college preparation plan and then we’ll demonstrate how we at MUSE Virtual implement one of our own.

 Structure Your College Plan For Success

The most common disruption students experience in their preparation is procrastination. Some students may not begin their college preparation until mere months before testing and applications are due, but this need not be the case.

Implementing a timeline into your college preparation plan has two major benefits. The first is that it prepares students for making big decisions before they are required. An early introduction to questions of school choice, academic focus, and long-term goals results in students feeling more confident and more equipped when the time comes to answer them.

The second benefit is that it illustrates when those big decisions need to be made. Tasks such as essays, college choices, applications, and recommendation sources may have deadlines for submission. Establishing an awareness for deadlines fosters organization and prioritization, ensuring your child does not get blindsided by last-minute tasks.

Put Your Child’s Passions First

We believe the best way for students to feel invested in their college experience is to make decisions that align with their passions and interests. There are two components to achieving this alignment: identifying students’ passions and applying them.

 Identifying passions is an essential first step to any college preparations. Explore the topics that motivate your child to learn, discuss how and why your child is passionate about these topics, and support your child in encouraging these passions through hands-on learning and education programs.

Applying passions is the process in which you and your child research all the ways their interests can be manifested in a professional setting. This includes researching school-specific programs, majors and minors, career fields, and even engaging with community members who have professions in those areas of interest.

 Encourage Self-efficacy

Proposed by psychologist Albert Bandura, self-efficacy refers to the convictions that a person has about their ability to undergo a particular task or achieve a specific goal. It is one’s ability to believe in their success and have confidence in their endeavors. When applied to students preparing to enter college, it is clear to see how important self-efficacy can be.

For most students, college is their first opportunity to experience independent living. Students will encounter professional responsibilities, such as attending classes and completing assignments, and personal ones, such as maintaining a healthy regimen of sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Strong academic foundations and a drive to fuel one’s passions are both essential for a successful college career, but it is just as important that students have the tools and experience to maintain a lifestyle that is conducive to their education.

Students that are equipped to live and thrive on their own can find greater academic achievements, cultivate a diverse social network, and derive more meaning from their college experience. Take the time to help your child learn skills that will support their mental and emotional well-being, such as cooking, budgeting, and work-life management. Experience and skill in these areas provide a cornerstone around which your child can build a flourishing college career.

 How we at MUSE Virtual prepare students for college

These components can help any student plan, pursue, and accomplish their college goals, but we want to demonstrate how our educators use these methods to prepare every student to achieve their own individual ambitions.

 YOU Prep

We navigate students through their college preparation with the MUSE YOU Prep plan, a year-by-year breakdown of the requirements and decisions needed for students to complete their college applications. YOU Prep helps students prioritize and organize tasks by providing a schedule of requirements as well as their respective completion dates, ensuring no task is left for the last minute.

Passion-based learning

We collaborate with our students to let their interests guide their education, whether it be in their classrooms, in their coursework, or in their post-secondary preparation. Identifying the unique methods of learning and areas of interest that every student thrives under allows students to shape their college education to fit their unique needs.

Reliable support

Every student has a different future, and that means every student has different needs. To ensure every student’s resource needs are accounted for, MUSE Virtual students and their families work closely with our advisors and college counselors at every step of the college prep process. Whether it be scheduling college interviews, drafting essays, practicing for tests, or identifying what field of study interests them most, students will always have a trusted counselor or advisor to provide support and guidance.

Get Started

Preparing your child for college can feel overwhelming, but we believe that the right tools and the right methods can be the difference between daunting indecision and empowered achievement. We want to help families use those tools to the fullest to ensure every student can be excited about their future. Let us work with you and your child to build a college career you both can be proud of.

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