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According to The Guardian, 311,000 teenagers in the United Kingdom had already applied for university placement in February 2021. According to the news hub, previous school-leavers in their late teens have decided to further their education. Indeed, you need to prepare your kids and teenagers for university. While this can be a bit confusing, you will find the required preparation tips as you read on to prepare your child for University life.
Inculcate the habit of responsible living in Covid times
Indeed, the pandemic has brought drastic lifestyle changes. Undoubtedly, your kids going off to university is a big deal, and you must act as such. Perhaps, you took stringent measures to ensure they maintain Covid-free health status while at home. However, following through while they are away might be challenging. Fortunately, you can teach them everything about social distancing and safe, hygienic practices.
Let them understand that meeting new and old friends shouldn’t cause them to lose their guard. Indeed, the world is still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, and the third wave led by the Delta variant doesn’t make things better. Therefore, you stand a higher chance of protecting your kids when they’re well-informed about what’s expected in these times.
Teach them to keep to deadlines
The application process is saddled with many deadlines for submissions, student financing, student housing applications, etc. It is even more important to settle on a student accommodation option early enough to secure a dwelling place for your child. Fortunately, you can click here for more housing options for students in the UK. The earlier you meet this deadline, the less stress you and your child will feel when it’s time to leave for school. Teaching your child the concept of timekeeping and meeting deadlines will equip them when the university year begins.
Help them stick to a budget
This may be the first time your children will live independently, making it imperative for them to live within a budget. This is a critical preparation stage that teaches your child financial lessons they will need in the future. It’s understandable if you’re tempted to provide more than enough financial resources since they will live away from home.
Unfortunately, giving in to that temptation prevents your child from learning how to manage resources adequately. They will possibly become overly dependent on you to provide financially at all times. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give any financial support. Instead, the focus is equipping your children with skills to live within minimal means.
Find the best student bank account
Different banks have different packages for students. For this reason, you have a responsibility to find the best one with the right offer. This must be an exercise for you and your children as it teaches them how to compare financial services and packages.
Last but not least, it wouldn’t be wrong to teach some cooking lessons, especially if they intend to save money by not eating out all the time. What they need to know are the basics and not gourmet-style cooking.