You know your college student is having many different kinds of experiences while they are at college. You want then to have experiences that will expand their world, increase their independence, and broaden their thinking. But you also know that your student will be spending a significant amount of time at college (hopefully!) just doing the work of studying. When you visualize your student diligently studying, where do you picture them? Do you visualize your student sitting in their peaceful residence hall room at their carefully organized desk? You might be surprised to find that this may be the least desirable place for your student to accomplish their work.
Reminding your student to spend enough time studying maybe one of the things that you expect to do, and your student probably expects to hear that from you. But remember, your student needs to take charge of making their own decisions about studying. If you want to take a slightly different approach that might help your student do well, suggest that they get creative in their thinking about where they are studying as well as how much they are studying. Many students find that having just the right spot to settle in and get work done makes a big difference. Recognizing that every student’s needs are different, and that every campus provides different options, of course, is important.