General Tips to Support your Student
- Encourage your student to utilize our various campus resources. To find out more about student services click here:
- Show interest in the new experiences of your son or daughter.
Ask specific questions about your student's academic activities.
- When is your first exam?
- Where do you study most efficiently?
- Have you tried using study groups for classes?
- If your student also working, ask them how they are handling work and school together.
- Encourage communication between your student and his/her instructor and advisors.
- Be flexible: your student's plans may change from one semester to the next-this is a normal part of most students' college experience. Your flexibility and support will help your student to realize their goals without becoming overly frustrated.
- Listen closely and be supportive of your student.
- Be patient- college is a challenging time for students; allow your student time to grow and mature with these new experiences.
Things to Expect
New students can be exposed to more choices and bigger decisions at college than when living at home. College brings less structure and guidance then they are used to. This encourages students to gain independence and become more self-reliant adults.
College academics, for most students, prove to be very different than high school. College demands problem solving and critical thinking that may be more demanding than what your student is used to. Encourage your student to stay on top of their school work so that it is not as overwhelming during deadlines.
College can be stressful! Students should know the resources they have available to them. Their faculty, roommates, fellow students and parents are all here to help them succeed. Exercise and a healthy diet are especially important to maintain student health during times of stress.
Helping your Student Adjust
How to help my homesick student
First year students have a lot of adjustments. Make sure to:
- Allow them time to explore.
- Encourage your student to focus on their academics as well as the new experiences of college.
- Encourage your student to maintain healthy habits like a healthy diet, exercise and sufficient sleep.
- Encourage your student to learn about and get involved in campus activities.
How to help my student when they are struggling in class
Encourage your student to talk to the professor of the course and to form study groups with other students.
Where can my student go to study?
- Beaman Library
- Student Center
- Study rooms and classrooms in Ezell, Swang, McFarland, and the bottom of Crisman
Why should my student get involved?
Encourage your student to get involved in the many organizations offered on-campus. Students can develop personal career networks, leadership and communication skills. We are confident that the more the student gets involved, the more Christ-like experience they will encounter over the next four years. The value of education goes far beyond the classroom and life lessons are waiting for each and every student outside of the classroom.