Helping Students Navigate The College Experience

BYU-I Student in front of the Rexburg Temple

Parents can help their children better prepare for college by discussing the following topics:

  • Prepare your student for the increased academic demands they will face in college. Upon arrival at college, many students report feeling prepared to do well academically, but find that they underestimate the amount of work necessary to be successful. For every hour spent in a classroom, students should expect 2 to 3 hours outside the classroom—per course. Parents can help students be prepared by sharing their own experiences with their children or introducing them to others who have recently attended college.
  • Discuss the importance of attending class regularly, reading before class, taking thorough notes, completing all class assignments, and participating in study groups.
  • Talk about how academic strategies might have to change from class to class and semester to semester. For example, students might visit the writing assistance center when they are required to write papers and might participate in study groups when grades are based on exams.
  • Encourage your student to meet with their professors or teaching assistants outside of class in order to follow up on questions about course material.
  • Encourage your student to use free services available on campus such as tutoring, writing centers, the counseling center, mentoring, and career & academic advising.
  • Stress the importance of effective time management. For example, parents can provide their student with a calendar and encourage them to keep track of due dates and tasks that need to be accomplished.
  • Finally, discuss the dangers of spending too much time online. Although the Internet can serve as a way of maintaining social connections, too much time online can prevent students from meeting their academic responsibilities.

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