Entering college for the first time can be and intimidating experience, but your child will be prepared. Because of the experience gained in an SOT® Learning Center, students are better able to cope because they know how to set goals and priorities. Students who do not have this experience are at a loss and may procrastinate, “waiting until the eleventh hour” to accomplish an academic task. Your child has learned how to set goals and monitor his time so that he will not have to stay up all night to study for a test o finish a research paper.
Learning to set goals and practice good time management is essential in the college environment. From time to time, we hear wonderful testimonies. One student who benefited from the SOT® System returned from her first semester of college and shared how pleasantly surprised her professor was to have a student actually turn in assignments early. The young lady was able to explain to her professor how the SOT® System had prepared her in goal-setting skills.
Parents have also shared how they are pleased with the SOT Program. One wrote this note.
“The school of Tomorrow® program prepared my two children to excel in college. The procedures of the Learning Center developed good study habits and goal-setting skills in my children. At college, their homework was done early, and their projects were completed weeks before they were due. They were looked to as group leaders. They were honor roll students. College is an on-your-own proposition. You have to be disciplined and goal-oriented to succeed and succeed well. My two children are two different types of people so I know that it was not a particular genetic trait that allowed them to do well. The common factor was their experience in a Learning Center environment. Any learning style, whether visual, auditory, or kinesthetic, can succeed with this program.”
A good way for your child to build a positive attitude is to place him in situations that require him to attempt challenging tasks – tasks that will force him to set priorities, to struggle, to concentrate, to seek solutions, to budget time, and to have goals.
Another SOT® procedure that contributed to my children’s success was the high standard to pass a test. In the conventional lock-step system, students often are allowed to pass classes if they fail a test or two. This means a child could fail a test on pronouns and verbs, pass the remaining tests, and still pass an English Course. This is equated to grading on a curve. Then the child goes on to college and does poorly in English because he still has not mastered verbs and pronouns. The high mastery standard has a definite effect on a student’s knowledge base (90% for Model Schools.)
A good way for your child to build a positive attitude is to place him in situations that require him to attempt challenging tasks – tasks that will force him to set priorities, to struggle, to concentrate, to seek solutions, to budget time, and to have goals. Such experiences build confidence and maturity as a child comes to realize that God will enable him to achieve his goals through effort, energy, determination and making right choices. Encourage your child while he is still in the Learning Center to set challenging, but reasonable, goals; then find ways to reward him when he attains those goals.