Info for Parents/Guardians

This section of the site is designed to help you give your child informed guidance about tertiary study, to help them make the best choices for the future.

Your questions answered

  • How involved should I be?
    Providing support but encouraging your child to study autonomously.Initially your child may need a fair amount of support and encouragement. Some students adjust very well to the college environment while others may feel overwhelmed.Similarly, some adapt to the new learning methods easily while others find the lack of close monitoring of their progress and completion of tasks surprising. They will soon realize that they have much more personal responsibility for their study than they did at school.

    If your child seems unsettled about the new situation, try to put them at ease and reassure them that moving away from the security of the school system is an essential transition, regardless of whether they choose a college education. Saham college is an ideal and supportive place to exercise and experiment with this freedom. Allow them to explore their own methods of time management and self-motivation and guide them wherever possible.

    Encourage your child to seek advice from us if they have specific issues that need attention. We provide comprehensive on-campus support for all students

  • What should my child study?
    Helping your child decide on a course.Your child may become frustrated or confused when trying to choose which course they would like to study, especially as these decisions need to be made during their demanding final year of secondary school.Encourage them to think about what they would enjoy studying, rather than what they think they should be studying. Remind them that they do have more than one chance and they can always change courses or direction at a later stage during their studies. Discuss with your child why they wish to study a particular course and ensure that it is for the right reasons.

    Some students need to concentrate on the goal of graduating and entering the workforce to keep them motivated. Others become anxious when they’re asked to make decisions about their future that they feel unequipped to make. Take the focus off the end result and try to stimulate thought about what they are currently interested in, how they want to challenge themselves and what area of study they find rewarding

  • How will I or my child benefit?
    If Saham college is right for you or your child, the benefits go far beyond professional recognition.Being a college student is a valuable experience that can enrich all areas of a student’s life. It will give your child an opportunity to increase knowledge and learn more about a chosen field on both a theoretical and practical basis, while at the same time moving closer toward gaining a respected qualification and preferred career.Your child will also benefit from connecting with a variety of people, both academically and socially. Their confidence will increase as they are encouraged to become independent learners and thinkers and are required to be responsible for their own education. Their organisation, time management and communication skills will be developed.

    Saham college encourages the student to become comfortable and capable of negotiating effectively both within the workplace and the world beyond their school experience.

  • Will my child cope?
    The workload should be challenging, but not overwhelming. Many parents believe that the level of work required by their child as a college student may be difficult for them to adjust to, but if your child has completed the SSCE successfully, rest assured that they have almost certainly prepared themselves to deal with a college-level workload.The first year workload in particular should not be unmanageable. If their time is managed effectively, your child should be able to complete all their work and still fulfill other commitments.

    Most college students are busy people with busy lives. They manage their study around work, family, their growing social life and a range of other commitments. Encourage your child to follow up other interests in addition to their college workload, as there’s no need to focus exclusively on study. They will still find plenty of time to follow interests other than study which can prevent them ‘burning out’.