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Parent Question: Is there anything you wish you’d done in middle school to prepare them for dual enrollment?

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This question came from a parent in our North Carolina group. The replies were wonderful, I’m sharing them in this post and inviting you to add your own.

From KD: Mine graduating with her BA this semester, but things I’m glad we did with her prior to [dual enrollment], since she had homeschooled from the beginning. We started the process in middle school:

From SE: for high school start keeping track of extracurricular, volunteering, awards, service work, etc. It’s much easier to work on college and scholarship applications if you already have a list.

From WC: We required lots of reading and writing in middle school, and that choice served us well. My daughter was easily able to handle the DE course loads; most of the time, they have been less strenuous than what I’ve required of her at home…We used Writing with Skill in middle school, but we also did a lot of writing across the curriculum. By 9th grade, I was teaching writing myself, so that she was (over)prepared when she took ENG 111 & 112 in 10th.

From LL: My son said after his first timed exam in [dual enrollment] that it might have been helpful to have had a few timed tests to be used to that format/’pressure’ before experiencing them in [community college]. Experience with online synchronous (AOPS) and asynchronous classes requiring feedback to teacher and other students were both positive preparation in the familiarity of those formats.

What advice can you add to this list?

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