6 ways parents can help

  1. Discuss the necessity to attend every class meeting, prepare before class, and turn in all assignments.
  2. Encourage them to establish guidelines with roommates early, and to talk regularly with each other about how they are getting along.
  3. Encourage them to meet with professors and advisors, and use resources in the Center for Teaching and Learning.
  4. Stress the importance of effective time management, and discuss the pitfalls of too much screen time (social media, gaming, etc.).
  5. Advise them to take in campus events, meet people, and get involved. Engagement outside of the classroom contributes to learning and development.
  6. Ask what they like most and least about college; help them build on the positives and develop solutions for alleviating the negatives.