How to Get My Student Ready for College: Spotting and Helping a Struggling Student

January 22, 2020 at 5:00 AM

Getting a high school student ready for college can be stressful, especially if you find there's a lack of resources available to you. Thankfully, the Educational Attainment Services advisory group is here to be the one-stop-shop for you and your child. Once you identify that your student is struggling, we have all the services they need to get through this process smoothly and successfully. 

4 Ways to Spot a Struggling Student

  1. Poor Attendance: A poor attendance record can be indicative of many issues a student might be facing. Missing classes inevitably will result in lower grades, however, students may also be missing classes because they are struggling in school. They may feel overwhelmed or believe there isn't a point in attending class if they're not going to do well. 
  2. Learning Disabilities: While many students with learning disabilities can thrive academically, it's important that those disabilities are diagnosed and accommodated for. You may be able to identify if a student has an undiagnosed learning disability if they are reading under their grade level or avoiding reading out loud.
  3. Lack of Participation: If a student isn't participating in classroom discussions or asking questions, that may indicate that they're not keeping up with what's being taught. The less engaged they are, the more likely it is that they're struggling with the content.
  4. General Avoidance: If you find a student is dodging discussions about things like schoolwork or applying to college, that may be a sign that they're struggling. The best thing to do is to let them know that they have more resources available to help them than they might think.

Choosing a School

When asking, how to get my student ready for college, an essential question is...what college? There is a diverse array of schools available to your student, depending on what kind of program they're looking for. We have access to all the information they need to make an informed decision. 

We'll give you and your student several recommendations for schools that suit your preferences. These preferences can be concerning the size of the school, the location/proximity, the programs and courses, and the financial aid opportunities. We don't discriminate against certain kinds of colleges. There are so many brilliant public and private schools alike available in the United States and beyond, and we want to help your student get into the school of their dreams. 

Application and Interview Preparation

Of course, an essential part of getting into your dream school is writing a great application. We offer support services to ensure that your student has no issue writing a top-tier college essay that displays their talent, personality, and everything else that they would bring to a new school. With the guidance of one of our amazing team members, your student will have access to the helpful examples and in-depth advising they need to succeed. 

Another step of the college application process that may be stressing out your student is the fact that many schools require in-person interviews. Unfortunately, most high schools aren't able to offer students the help going into these interviews. 

This is why we offer college interview preparation sessions with mock interviews and lots of feedback. We know what kind of questions students get asked in these interviews and we ensure that they have all the information they need to answer with confidence. 

Take on the College Admissions Process

With EAS, you and your student will have access to every service you need to take on the college admissions process. This includes everything from finding a school to securing financial aid to ensure you'll have no problems getting through your degree program. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have about how we can help you traverse this process.

You can reach us through phone at (800) 706-4134, or by email at You're also welcome to come to our location in California at 8055 West Manchester Avenue, Suite 135, Playa Del Rey. You'll find us there from 9 am to 9 pm all week, so please don't hesitate to visit us.