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Helping Your Child Get Ready For Uni

Not every family will have the same education pathway. Some choose to enjoy the flexibility of home education. Whereas, others like to make the world their learning platform and unschool, and there is also mainstream education. No matter which of these you are currently doing, one thing you and your children might be thinking about is university. This post looks at ways to help your child get ready for uni. Please note, this is a collaborative post. For more information about what this means, please click here

While the academics of getting there are individual, there are some things that you can prepare to help your children get ready for their university life. If of course, that’s what they want to do.

Cooking

Although some schools do cooking lessons, delicious meals are often cooked at home. If your child has a few favourite meals before they head off, write down the recipe with how you make it.

Sure, they can find a recipe online. However, sometimes the food made by someone they love is the only thing that will do the trick so this is the next best thing. Not only that, but when your child can cook, you know that they are getting meals with some nutritional value in them, at the very least. 

Budget and Money

Another thing that isn’t always made clear in school is that much of life requires money management. After all, if you’ve never had to do it before, then how do you know how to do it? Showing your child how you manage the finances can be incredibly beneficial for you both. You’ll be able to see if they have some of the basic skills and where you might need to help. 

To help them get ready for uni, make a mock-up of what their finances are likely to look like. Include things like a student loan, money from part-time jobs, and any savings. Create a small but nutritionally balanced weekly shop and consider the cost of the books and student accommodations, travel, and more. Remember to leave some spare money for some fun! 

Happy multiracial group of students in casual clothes sitting together on grass and studying with laptop and books, ready for uni life.

Visiting 

If it is their first time living away from home, it can be tricky for you both to know how to cope in the early days. One of the first things you can do is to look for accommodation local to the university. For example, if they’re heading to Sunderland Uni, then look for student accommodation in Sunderland.

Once you have found somewhere, go to the location and spend some time looking around. This visitation will give you both a feel for the area and the chance to see where they will be moving to. 

Secret Supplies

As it is coming closer to the big day, start building a box with some essentials that might come in useful in the first few weeks, or months of uni. Include things like a book voucher, a voucher for a takeout delivery company like UberEats or JustEat, and some toilet paper. Also add notebooks, pots and pans, and a small stash of spare cash. Whatever you can think of that will help them along. 

It can be a difficult time even for those teens that have been ready to explore the world for a while. Helping them to prepare can give them the foundations for an enjoyable university experience. 

It is hoped that this post on things to do to get your child ready for uni has helped you. If you think of any tips that have not been included, then do please let me know in the comments. 

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