​Tips For Helping Your Student
Tips For Supporting A Student's Transition To College

Some or all of the following tips may be helpful in supporting a student's successful transition to college.

  1. Encourage students to make their own decisions, learn from their failures, and enjoy their successes.

  2. ​Encourage your student to get involved with campus activities, such as student government, athletics, drama, or debate.

  3. Don't pressure your student into declaring a major or choosing a career immediately.

  4. Encourage your student to meet with an academic advisor regularly for help in selecting courses.

  5. Support your student by understanding the stress that the student feels in adjusting to the new college environment.

  6. Ask about your student's classes and experiences.

  7. Understand that college is much more challenging than high school.

  8. When students experience problems, urge them to seek help immediately from the appropriate college resource.​

Ten Questions To Ask Community College Students

One of the tips for parents listed above is to ask students questions about their experiences at college. Even if your child fails to provide satisfactory answers, the fact that you asked the question may plant a seed if the child's mind that the subject of the inquiry is important. The following are examples of questions that parents who want to support their students in community college may consider asking:​

  1. Are you going to class?
  2. Are you studying at least 25 hours per week?
  3. Are you reviewing the material in each class weekly?
  4. Are you balancing study time with fun time?
  5. Do you know when the last day to withdraw from a class is?
  6. Are you starting your assignments early?
  7. Have you seen your advisor?
  8. Have you gone to your professors' office hours?
  9. Are you going to need any tutoring?
  10. Have you formed a study group?​

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