College Parent Central Services


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If you’ve found the information here at College Parent Central helpful, don’t stop here! We’re anxious to come and talk to your parent group to share more information to help college parents feel comfortable and empowered in their new role. We can also help prepare students for what to expect, and how to cope, during those important first weeks on campus.

These workshops are ideal for parent organizations, guidance departments, or college orientations.

Workshop #1
Out of the Driver’s Seat: How to Successfully Coach Your Child To and Through the College Years

This interactive workshop designed to help parents find ways to be productively engaged in their child’s college experience.

We’ve earned the label helicopter parents because we hover over our children and then swoop in to save them. This workshop will help parents turn this negative term around. Remember what it was like the first time you sat in the passenger seat and let your child take the wheel of the car?  You may have been terrified! You no longer controlled the car, but you guided your student.   Much like a good coach, parents can participate productively, guiding their student toward independence, if they have the right information.

We’ll help parents learn more about the college experience and how they can participate in that experience without getting in the way of their college student’s growing independence. We’ll also help parents learn what they can do during the final months of senior year to help prepare their student for college success.

Topics include —

  • Making the transition from high school to college.
  • Preparing for changes in your college student.
  • Embracing your new role as a college parent.
  • Understanding FERPA and other parental rights.
  • Dealing with college officials and knowing when you need to step in.
  • Understanding college life and college expectations of both you and your student.
  • Improving communication with your college student.
  • Knowing when to swoop in — and when to get out of the way.

Contact us now to find out more and bring this workshop to your school or organization!

Workshop #2
College Success 101

This seminar gives soon-to-be college students the information they need to cope successfully with the changes and expectations they will encounter as they begin their college career. Give them a head start and a heads up in thinking about ways to succeed in the first year.

As parents, we help our students select high school courses, we help with SAT preparation, we make college visits, and read college essays. We fill out finance forms and health forms, pack our cars, and help decorate dorm rooms. But then we cross our fingers and hope it all turns out well. Don’t leave college success to chance! Help students think about how to prepare for a successful beginning, how to manage themselves and their time, and how to navigate their new environment and new role.

Topics include —

  • Making the transition from high school to college.
  • Honing academic and classroom skills to succeed in the classroom.
  • Learning the time management skills to achieve balance.
  • Navigating the strange new world of college expectations.
  • Considering financial and social demands in college.
  • Finding the right relationship with family members through the college years.

Successful students are prepared students! This workshop would be an ideal opportunity for a parent organization or guidance department to send students off to college armed for success.

Contact College Parent Central through our contact page to discuss bringing one, or both, of these important workshops to your school or organization.


Give your college student the gift of guidance throughout his or her entire first semester!

Register him or her now for First Term!

Each week of your student’s first semester he or she will receive an e-mail correspondance with some tips and gentle reminders of things he or she might consider at that particular point in the semester. We may remind him to reread his course syllabus, to check her midterm grades, to visit his advisor, to consider a pass/fail option or a session with a tutor. We’ll share timely tips and secrets from successful college students and from college faculty members on everything from time management to navigating college services.

Sample First Term! articles include:

  • ”One Sure Fire Way to Get to Know Your Professor Quickly”
  • ”Too Late for a First Impression?”
  • ”Should You Take Your Laptop to Class?”
  • ”Secrets to Surviving Those Early Morning Classes”
  • ”Protect Your GPA!”
  • ”The Power of Groups”
  • ”How’s Your E-Mail Etiquette?”
  • ”Four Dangerous Myths About Being Undecided About a Major ”
  • ”Making Sense of Midterm Grades”
  • ”Test Taking Hint: The Essay Question”
  • ”Beat the Procrastination Monster”

Messages in First Term! are geared for the appropriate time of the semester. This is a great way to help your student stay on track during the semester, when those early suggestions from summer orientation may be only dimly remembered.  We’ll provide some coaching to help your student stay successfully in the game.

The first semester of college is a time of transition. For an investment of $65.00 you can help ease that transition with First Term! It may be one of the best investments in your student’s education that you make.

Find our more about FirstTerm! here.

Register your student for FirstTerm! here.

If you have questions about FirstTerm!, contact us here.


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