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  • 1. Building Academic Success through Parents’ Involvement
    • Suthep Madarasmi, Ph.D.
    • EIS Parent
    • EIS Alumni
    • Assoc. Prof., Computer Engineering Department
    • King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi
  • 2. About Me
    • EIS Alumni (Class of 1980)
    • Educational Background
      • EIS High school
      • Andrews University, USA (2 years)
      • Michigan State University – B.S. Computer Science
      • Michigan State University – M.S. Computer Science
      • University of Minnesota, USA – Ph.D. Computer Science
    • EIS Parent of 2 Boys (Grades 7 & 8)
    • University Professor – Head of Computer Engineering Department, KMUTT.
    • Software Business
  • 3. Building Academic Success
    • Prepare for success in High School
    • Prepare your child to succeed in College
    • Help Choose a Career and Major
    • Help Choose a College and Country
    • Follow the Timeline - Placement Tests & Application Dates.
  • 4. 1. Prepare for Success in High School
    • Get Involved. Teachers have 25 students to teach, you have only 1-2.
      • Track progress in major courses weekly. Spend 2 hours per week.
      • Teach “How to Learn”. Help taking notes. Use Computers, Multi-Media, Group Study.
      • Set Routines for Homework.
      • Teach Time Management Skills. Reward good planning.
      • Focus on Math and Science. Get a Tutor, if needed.
      • Encourage Good Grades for better college choices
      • Get involved in PCEIS and Teacher Meetings
  • 5. 2. Preparing to Succeed in College
    • Take High-School Courses needed for College such as Algebra II, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.
    • A child who does well in high school will do well in college, EXCEPT if there are adjustment problems due to increased independence.
    • Must hope they have developed:
        • Integrity. Deciding based on Values. Say ‘No’.
        • Good Study Habits and Routines
        • Time Management and Planning Skills
  • 6. Student Developments in College
    • Developing competence
    • Managing emotions
    • Moving through autonomy toward interdependence
    • Developing mature interpersonal relationships
    • Establishing identity
    • Developing purpose
    • Developing integrity
  • 7. Values Issues
    • Alcohol
    • Tobacco
    • Drugs
    • Sex
    • Violence
    • The Golden Rule
    • Respect Diversity: race, nationality, gender, and sexual orientation
  • 8. Extra-Curricular Activities
    • Community Service
    • Student Representatives
    • Build Networks and Self-Confidence
    • Student Newspaper
    • Clubs
    • Sports
    • Religion
    • Part-Time Work and Internships
    • MUST HAVE GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT ABILITY
  • 9. 3.Choose a Career and Major
    • “ To be happy for life, love your work.”
    • Some universities allow students to enroll as “undecided” major, but choose a college such as Engineering, Business, Science, Languages, or Arts.
    • Choosing a major is complex, but guidance counselor can help by looking at your interests and career choices.
    • Do not pick an easy major or you will lose competitive edge, just like in business.
    • How to balance between what parent wants and what child wants?
  • 10. Examples of Compromises
    • Parent prefers Civil Engineering, Child prefers Artistic field. Choose Architecture .
    • Parent prefers Computer Science, Child prefers Artistic field. Choose Focus on Animation, or Packaging, or Printing.
    • Parent prefers Business, Child prefers Computer Science. Choose Focus on Management of Information Systems (MIS or IT).
    • Parent prefers Business, Child prefers Artistic field. Choose Advertising.
    • Parent prefers Medicine, Child prefers Engineering. Choose Biomedical Engineering.
  • 11. Other Compromise Options
    • Some compromises can be made via –
    • Minors
    • Elective Courses
    • Extra-Curricular Activities
      • College Sports Team
      • Website Programming Club
      • University Newspaper or Magazine
    • Graduate School. Example MBA.
    • About 40% do not have jobs in their field.
  • 12. Specializations for Thailand
    • Tourism
    • Food
    • Health Care
    • Education
    • International Investments and Manufacturing Bases
    • Energy
    • Infrastructure Development
    • Natural Resources only available in Thailand
    • Consumption within the Nation
    • Efficient Business Management
    • ALL REQUIRE GOOD COMMAND OF ENGLISH!
  • 13. Choosing Professional Majors
    • Medicine (pre-medicine), Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine
    • Law (pre-law)
    • Engineering – i.e., those requiring certification
    • - Non-Professional majors have flexible career paths.
  • 14. Choosing Engineering Majors
    • Civil
    • Computer
    • Electrical
    • Chemical
    • Mechanical
    • Industrial
    • Food
    • Environmental
    • Biomedical & Genetic
  • 15. Choosing Business Majors
    • MOST BUSINESS MAJORS CAN BE DONE IN GRADUATE SCHOOL OR LEFT AS MINORS (BUT MBA MAY NEED 3 YEARS WORK EXPERIENCE). Better to focus on science/engineering, if possible.
    • Finance and Accounting
    • Business Management (even International)
    • Hotel Management
    • Business Computer
    • Marketing
    • Economics
    • Advertising
  • 16. Choosing Architecture / Design Majors
    • Building Architecture & Design
    • Interior Design
    • Landscape Design
    • Construction Management
    • Fashion Design
    • Jewelry Design
    • Animation
    • Packaging Design
  • 17. Choosing Science Majors
    • Medicine
    • Computer Science
    • Alternative Energy
    • Life Sciences
    • Medical Technology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
    • Geography
  • 18. Other Majors
    • SUITED FOR THE HIGHLY PASSIONATE
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Education – consider going Ph.D.
    • History
    • Language
    • Literature
    • Music
    • Performing Arts
    • Art and Craftwork
  • 19. 4. Choose a College and Country
    • Choosing Thailand or Foreign University:
    • Always Choose Foreign First for international exposure, independence, and confidence.
    • Less Flexibility in Choosing/Switching Majors
    • Worried about maturity? Choose 2+2.
    • There’s always graduate school
    • If expensive, can choose France, Germany, and Japan which have tuition waiver programs.
  • 20. Preferred Countries
    • USA – roughly 800,000 baht per year.
      • Not as frightening as Hollywood movies: safe and not safe areas
      • Has low cost and high cost colleges, depending on region
      • Has Junior College (2 Year) system for transfers
    • Canada – similar to USA but 25% cheaper.
      • Has high quality
      • Has low-price options in midland regions, but COLD!
    • UK – roughly 100,000 baht per year
    • Australia – roughly 600,000 baht per year
    • New Zealand – roughly 500,000 baht per year
    • Better to choose “Melting-Pot” countries with great diversity.
    • If complete undergraduate studies abroad, masters education can usually be self-supported. Also, English is excellent.
  • 21. Thailand International Universities
    • Business – Assumption University
    • Sciences – Mahidol University
    • Engineering – Sirinthorn Institute of Technology (SIT), Thammasart U.
    • Graduate School – AIT
    • MBA – Sasin.
  • 22. Example Thai Universities with Some International Degree Programs
    • Chulalongkorn U. – accounting, IBM, communication management, economics, architecture, aerospace engineering, automotive design, information and communication engineering, nano engineering, applied chemistry
    • King Mongkut’s University Thonburi – computer engineering, civil engineering, computer science, architecture.
    • Kasetsart University – Aerospace Engineering.
    • ENVIRONMENT IS NOT TRULY INTERNATIONAL, BUT ACADEMIC AND TEACHER QUALITY IS HIGH.
  • 23. CAUTION on Thai Universities
    • It only takes 2-3 faculty members to offer a degree program, so some universities offer degrees without having sufficient faculty members. All courses are taught by outside/part-time faculty members.
    • This type of program should be avoided.
  • 24. Find out about College
    • Research on College’s:
    • Curriculum: degrees offered and content
    • Faculty Members
    • Size
    • Focus – Research, Teaching, etc.
    • Affordability
    • Parents should also encourage campus visits
  • 25. 5. Follow the Timeline
    • 1. Placement and Admission Tests
    • THAILAND: Admission-O, Admission-A.
    • USA: SAT, SAT Subject, ACT, TOEFL
    • UK/AUSTRALIA/NZ: GCE-O, GCE-A, IELTS
    • 2. Help with Application Forms and Essays
  • 26. Summary & Conclusion
    • THINGS PARENTS CAN DO TO HELP:
    • Prepare for success in High School
    • Prepare for success in College
    • Help Choose a Career and Major
    • Help Choose a College and Country
    • Follow the Timeline - Placement Tests & Application Dates.