Parent Tips from the Student Success Center

March 9, 2012 at 10:06 am
  • If your student is struggling in a class, please encourage them to first contact the instructor. Another source for assistance is their academic advisor. If problems persist, we are always available for academic support and counseling.
  •  Encourage your student to attend ALL class meetings. Whether the professor has an attendance policy or not, consistently missing planned class sessions is a surefire way to falter academically.
  • The rule of thumb for college academic success is for each hour spent in the classroom, a student should be spending 3 hours outside of the classroom studying, completing assignments, and/or reviewing the material. Most college courses do not have a large amount of graded assignments or homework, which can cause many first-year students to feel like they do not need to study daily. However, high achievement in college courses requires a commitment to daily studying.
  • Whether your student commutes or resides on campus, encourage him to participate in campus activities and organizations. Between athletic events and cultural activities, there is something for everyone. Keep an eye on the campus event calendar and suggest things you think he might find interesting.
  • Make sure your student can access their University email and VIP. The University disperses important information through these portals and all students should check regularly for announcements and notifications.
  • If you would like to become more involved in your student’s academic progress, call us at 864-503-5392 to learn your options.