The answer is simple. If you did well in Junior High, try to enroll in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. If you are not familiar with it -- it is provided by the College Entrance Examination Board to high schools, giving students the opportunity to complete college-level studies and consists of course descriptions, curriculum material, and tests.
Many parents are intimidated by this program. It is not easy to help your child with homework, especially homework of AP program. Approximately 50% of parents say they struggle to help their kids with homework. But even you have never taken AP yourself, you can still help your child. Your child's success depends on the right selection of AP classes, time management skills, ability to work under pressure and stress management.
Let's begin with selection of classes. AP program is designed to prepare students for college level work. It cover more material than regular program, require higher level thinking, independent work, research, and writing. It allows students who pass standardized AP tests to either be eligible for college credit or to eliminate some college-required courses. This can reduce the time a student will spend in college and reduce the tuition (and textbook) cost. If your child knows the area he/she wants to major in, AP program is a way to eliminate the need to take foundation classes and focus immediately on the specialization area.
AP program is fast paced and requires a lot of independent work. Even in a regular program, teachers usually do not have time to provide individual help for students struggling with complicated material. It is even more so in the AP program.
Your job, as a parent, is to guide your child in the selection of AP courses. Students who enroll into AP course must be interested in the subject, must have been studying the subject in the past (either independently, or in school) and done well with it. Student should also have strong organizational skills, advanced study skills, and be willing to work hard.
Some high schools limit the number AP classes to three. This is done to prevent students to overload themselves by taking more AP classes in the hope for acceptance at best colleges. Colleges are looking for students who can manage college workload, but also who have interest in other activities.
AP coursework can be stressful. As a parent, you should look for signs that your child may be getting overwhelmed. Each child reacts differently to the amount of work he or she is facing. Some are loosing sleep, not only to have the work done, but also worrying about the homework, tests and exams. Some children are getting withdrawn and angry. Other subjects may start to suffer. Some children will change their behavior patterns. It is your job to notice the change and let your child know that he or she can talk to you about anything, and, as the case may be, about schoolwork and his or hers feelings about it.
If you uncover a problem, help your child to find ways to manage time better. You and your child may want to consider alternative courses. Schedule a meeting with your child's teacher to discuss the situation (have your child to participate in the meeting and voice his or hers concerns). Let your child know that you are there to help with challenges he or she is facing.
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