It’s almost October and with this month comes a change in seasons, cooler weather, falling leaves, and if you’re a college student, midterms. At Belhaven, instructors post mid-term grades by October 16th. What does this mean for your student? Most likely, he or she has papers and exams due in almost every class. For some students, midterm means the first real academic pressures of the semester. Midterm is often a wake-up call for many students as they begin to realize how much work is left to do before semester’s end.
How can parents help? LEARN…Listen, Encourage, Ask, Remind, and Notice.
Listen. Try to refrain from “fixing” their stress. Give them a chance to vent.
Encourage. Assure them that they can do well and persist.
Ask. What are they doing to get help? Are they using campus resources? Have they talked one on one with their instructors? Have they kept up in classes?
Remind. Talk about a time in the past when they persisted through a difficult time.
Notice. You know your student best. If he or she seems unusually stressed or distant, trust your instincts and investigate.
Still not sure how to follow up on your student’s academic progress? Each class instructor hands out a syllabus at the beginning of the semester. The syllabus is a guide for students that outlines class expectations, major assignments, deadlines, and other important information specific to that particular course. A very simple way of finding out more about your student’s classes is to ask for a copy of the syllabus and discuss specific projects and exams.
If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact Ron Pirtle, Dean of Student Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your student needs campus academic resources information, direct him or her to the Think Center in Hood Library.
If you weren’t able to make it to our 2014 Family Weekend, we missed you! We had a great turnout and were excited to see families connect after being apart; it’s amazing to watch our students light up at seeing their family again! All families members had something to do, from “Rec the Night” to the President’s Brunch and the Family Tailgate…it was a great time to reconnect! If you missed this year’s family weekend, start thinking now about joining us next year!