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Seeking Academic Help: The November/December Push
November is often a time when students start worrying about how their academics will turn out for the term. Midterm exams and papers have passed and finals are rapidly approaching. They pretty much know where they stand grade-wise at this point – and know what they need to do to have a successful semester.
That doesn’t mean they have to do it all on their own, however. Part of being a successful student is reaching out for academic assistance, such as:
- Talking with Professors. Students who attend faculty members’ office hours and show interest in their learning are typically the ones who experience the most academic success. Encourage your student to visit his professors, to ask about things he may not fully understand and to talk about what he needs to do to finish a class on a positive note.
- Visiting the Learning/Writing/Tutoring Center. If a midterm paper didn’t turn out so well, smart students will visit the writing center to learn some effective strategies. If a student feels behind in a subject, she’ll check into tutoring/learning resources. Seeking this type of help is a sign of strength and we very much encourage it!
- Asking for Suggestions. Maybe your student is unsure of where to turn when it comes to academics. Luckily, there are multiple professionals who can help guide him to the help he needs. So, encourage your student to talk with a campus professional, whether it’s a coach, someone in campus ministry, a residence hall or student activities staffer, an advisor, a counselor or any of the other helpful souls populating our campus. They are here to help your student succeed!