Written by: Nanny Secours
This year, going back to school will be different. Your child is about to embark on a major step in their academic career: making the transition from high school to CEGEP! To some, this is just a formality, part of going to school, a prerequisite for becoming an adult. However, it’s more than just that.
Transitioning from high school to CEGEP requires a teen to make changes to both their academic and personal life in order to maintain a balance. Although teens are in that stage where they think they’re independent and self-sufficient, they’re not quite cognitively or emotionally ready to be considered adults. They’re not yet able to think about the future and make choices that will significantly impact their life.
For your child to grow and develop normally, it’s important that you respect their need for independence and space by letting them have their own experiences and make choices that correspond to their values and beliefs, but also by giving them the opportunity to experiment with the newfound freedom that comes from going to CEGEP! That being said, it has been shown that providing academic help and support (French only) to your child can make for a successful transition from high school to CEGEP.
Here are some tips on how you, as a parent, can help your teen in their transition:
As a parent, make your teen’s search easier by exposing them to experiences that will help develop their skills and let them explore new areas of interest!
Remember that a motivated and interested student will be more invested in their studies.
Cynthia Cusson, Special Education Teach