Ever wondered what it sending your kid to college at a young school would be like? Maria Magdelena describes how she went through this process with her son in this post, originally posted at When It Comes Time to be a Mother.
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Things To Consider If You Want To Get Your Kid To College At A Young Age
Your kid may be a genius so he can move on to college at a young age. This achievement must have made you proud. But college at a young age is so challenging. Being a genius is not enough. A good attitude and capabilities are needed for success in college. Capabilities such as critical thinking, analytical thinking, discussion skills are needed.
As a homeschooled kid, according to the rules in our country, we could choose whether we wanted to take:
- National examination
- International examination such as Cambridge International Examination
- The certification of interest
After I had explained about the advantages and disadvantages of each, my son chose the third option. He decided to enroll in the Music Production online certification program from Berklee College of Music!
In September 2016 he started to enroll.
The college will last until April 2017. There are four courses of the Music Production:
- First Course: The Art of Music Production
- Second Course: The Technology of Music Production
- Third Course: Pro Tools Basics
- Fourth Course: Music Production Capstone
When I write this article, he was in the fourth course and has passed the first, second, and the third courses with excellence!
The three of us were experiencing a really hard learning curve. Ata young age, many kids may not understand how to study in college. Moreover, online college learning is very different from everyday learning. Thus, help from parents is what they need to be successful.
FYI, here’s how learning in college works:
Students are given learning materials through the videos by the lecturer and then asked to do multiple choice quizzes and assignments of analysis or presentation. The quiz is rated by software, and the assignment assessed by classmates with guidance from the lecturer.
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How College Challenged My Young Kid to be Successful in Life
Music Production is a field that studies the production of art.
It’s certainly different from non-art subjects such as math or science. In the study of arts, he was asked to dig up the sense of art inside him. This process is very challenging. My son couldn’t do it alone. He needed my help to learn how to explore the potential of art inside him.
Second, my kid learned about the professionalism of the work.
Namely, he needed to learn how to make a schedule for doing the tasks, find out what he needs to succeed in the task, and the attitude to meet his deadlines. We taught them directly during the learning and practice them immediately. In the process, our kid also learned about the weaknesses that he had to overcome to succeed in college.
Third, he had to practice his capabilities to analyze, included self-analysis, as well as analysis of the musicians and the music.
My son learned that the more he understands about a topic, the easier he will be at analyzing it.
Fourth, he learned that to be creative, he had to use every means to study.
When he first started this course, my son has never had any musical instrument. We introduced him to online software that can be used to produce music. We also emphasized that he did not have to use anything that would be hard to obtain, like an expensive musical instrument that we can’t afford to buy. Here he learns to struggle and be creative in using every tool he can get.
Things that I learned
Honestly, I am very happy to see my son want to spend a lot of time on his passion! He showed great commitment to learning and being successful. Therefore, I am happy to become his main supporter to motivate him, helping him to “open the door” to solving the problem, become his friend, and provide snacks for after learning time!
We also help our son to explore his thinking, his views, and his opinions. We don’t directly provide the answers for the quizzes. But we provide him with the guide to get the answers. That’s how we accompany him. There is a saying in our culture: “Berikan pancing, bukan ikan” which means: give the fishing rod, not the fish. That’s what we applied so that my son will be able to solve his problem if one day he wants to learn new things. Because fishing rod can be used to obtain a variety of delicious fish to eat.
Did you send your kid to college at a young age? How did you do it?
My name is Marcellina Maria Magdalena Husain. I live in a remote area at Riau – Indonesia. I’ve been blogging since 2007. I’m blogging to express my thought and to deliver my ideas to you.
My hobby is writing, drawing, crafting, and cooking, I tried to write into my blog. Although I have many hobbies, there is one thing that being the center of all my activities: my family. I wrote in the family context, got drawing ideas from my family, crafting and cooking for the needs of my family. My family is the vision and mission of my activities.