Toward College Success

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Toward College Success by P. Carol Jones, Patricia Wilkins-Wells

Toward colleges success: Is Your Teenager Ready, Willing, and Able? Asks the question many parents are afraid to ask.

As you try to answer that question, authors Carol Jones and Pat Wilkins- Wells caution that there are many students who start college without the necessary skills to maneuver through the vast new social, academic, and financial experiences that they will encounter.

The authors point out that while some experiences must be lived first hand, the basic equipment to navigate through this often-overwhelming period of youth must be provided beforehand—in high school or even earlier. Parents should do all they can to prepare students to manage their time and priorities, to know when and how to ask' for help, to handle conflicts maturely, and to live on a budget.

After all, if new college students must learn basic life lessons while also learning to adapt to a new, more rigorous learning environment, they will be starting out with a significant deficit.

Toward College Success asks parents what they are doing now—while their teenagers are still living with them—to develop their students into resilient, confident, self-sufficient young adults.

Jones and Wilkins-Wells even point out what many parents think of as an unthinkable option: that their teenagers might not be ready for college straight out of high school, or ever. But, as 'they illustrate, there are often advantages to waiting, and there are infact; viable alternatives to college— ]ust in case your teenager is not ready, willing, or'able.

P. Carol Jones is a freelance writer editor and owner of an editorial services business. She holds a degree in journalism and has numerous published articles in local, state, regional, and national publications on a variety of topics, including parenting. Jones also works as a secondary school writing coach and compositional aide. She lives in Fort Collins Colarado.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936782086
Publisher: Langdon Street Press
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction x

Chapter 1 College Success Requires Maturity: Is Your Teenager Ready, and Are You? 1

Chapter 2 Going to COllege Now, Later, or Never? Is Your Teenager Willing? 25

Chapter 3 Functioning on Their Own: Is Your Teenager Able? 43

Chapter 4 Academic Responsibilities: Playing by the Rules 63

Chapter 5 Readin', Ritin', and 'Rithmatic: What's Important about the Three Rs? 83

Chapter 6 Researching Colleges and Universities: Asking Questions Makes a Difference 107

Chapter 7 Drugs, Sex, Assault, and Robbery: Playing It Safe 137

Chapter 8 The Emotional Roller Coaster: Loneliness and Emotional Support 171

Chapter 9 Finances 101: Figuring and Managing Money 201

Chapter 10 Final Thoughts 231

Resources 233

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Miss-Lynn More than 1 year ago
Toward College Success: Is Your Teenager Ready Willing And Able P. Carol Jones ; Patricia Wilkins-Wells Langdon Street Press Release Date: 7/15/11 4 Stars Now that your teenager has graduated is he or she ready for college. In their newest book the authors answer many questions that parents wonder about . College life today is not like it was several years ago. Dorms have now gone co-ed, students are allowed overnight visitors and gone are the days of hall monitors. Just because your teenager has now reached the age of 18, they are considered an adult and can legally do anything , except buy alcohol, but that does not mean they are ready to go to college. Just how responsible is your eighteen year old. When you as a parent read this book the authors help you, not only by answering questions that most parents are ultimately are going to ask ,but also by giving you tips to help better prepare your teenager. From how to discover your teenagers strengths and weaknesses and how to encourage them. From self management to learning how to live independently without having you there to guide them. If they have worked then they are use to having their own money but going off to college is a whole different ballgame. Even though they have earned money in the past have they learned how to set a budget. With plenty of stories and examples throughout the book from other parents , there is sure to be one that will be just what you are looking. I took my time reading through this book and although I have no children headed to college, I have grandchildren that are close to college age so it will be ideal for my children to read. For the general public without or with very young children, they may find the book not to their liking, but for parents with children who in all likely hood are close to or getting ready to seek out a college, then I recommend this book. Even if a couple of questions are answered it will be worth the extra knowledge that you will get from the whole book.