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Academic Success Stories
Of course you want to see your student succeeding academically this year – it’s his main job, after all! In order to help him work toward an academic success story, here are some tips to share…
Create a Space. Having an academic space to work in can help your student create the right mindset, while having the tools he needs close at hand. Brainstorm ways to set up his desk space or to find other spots on campus where he can get the academic peace, quiet and inspiration he needs.
Get Help – Sooner Rather than Later. Everyone struggles with some subject – unless, perhaps, they’re a member of Mensa! There are plentiful resources on campus to help students in academic need, whether it’s getting tested for a learning disability, using the campus learning center and tutors, or talking with a counselor about test anxiety. Encourage your student to seek help now by initially talking with her advisor or another trusted professional, before things get out of hand.
Talk with Professors. Students who strike up positive relationships with their professors are often better students because they ask for clarification when they’re unsure about a topic and show they’re interested in being the best learners they can be. So, let your student know that attending a professor’s office hours is a smart move!
Put in the Work. Above all, students need to take responsibility for their learning by putting in the academic work required. That means doing the readings, studying for exams, participating in group work and keeping up with classes.
Following the above suggestions will help students put in the work and come out with favorable results. Here’s to your student’s academic success story this fall!
Academic Wisdom to Stress with Your Student
- It’s a sign of strength for a student to seek help when she’s struggling.
- Professors want students to interact with them.
- There’s no skating by in college – students need to put in the work to see positive results.
- Getting involved in co-curricular activities typically helps students stay on track with their academics, too.