Dr. Suthep's PPT: Academic Success


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Dr. Suthep's PPT: Academic Success

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