Your child has exhibited a desire to take college courses for dual credit. This same child, with their college involvement, is transitioning into adulthood. This means, as a parent, you are transitioning from a difficult leadership role to an equally difficult support role. Assist your teenager in this transition by making them aware that success depends on their taking responsibility for their education and behavior.
What is expected of college students varies greatly from what is expected of high school students. Most collegiate coursework requires students to pursue their education not only in the classroom but on their own, either by completing coursework, doing research, and reading, studying, or preparing for class. It requires a high level of responsibility, motivation, and self-discipline to complete college courses successfully.
Students should be reminded about how challenging college courses can be and encouraged to prepare and study accordingly. The rule of thumb is for every hour spent in class, students should spend the same amount of time studying. Some students will need additional time. All students should schedule more study time when they have an exam or when projects are due.
Some of the topics covered in college courses may be controversial. College is a time for students to critically analyze information gathered through public school courses and confront questions without easy answers. College instructors will teach the same course regardless if it is a course for dual credit or has dual credit students enrolled in the course.
High school extra-curricular activities may conflict with a college course for dual credit. Students are responsible for all materials related to the course whether or not they are in class the day the information or the assignment is made. Students will need to talk to their instructor to make arrangements for receiving handouts, classroom information, obtaining lecture notes, or turning in work. Parents and students should seriously discuss priorities before and during enrollment in courses for dual credit.