When Your College Student Has a Problem with a Professor

Hopefully, your college student has a good working relationship with her class professors. The relationship between a college student and her professors, in addition to the formal teaching done in the classroom, is often an important mentoring opportunity.   Of course, having a good relationship doesn’t necessarily mean that each professor will be on your student’s list of favorite people, but hopefully, she has at least found how to make each course work.

But what does your student do if things go wrong with his professor?  What if he has a serious problem that seems to be getting in the way of his success in a course?  What does he do then? Perhaps he picks up the phone and calls home.  This would be a good time to provide that important listening ear, and perhaps some sympathy, but it is definitely not the time to pick up the phone and call anyone at school.  This is an important time to help your student think through the situation, consider his alternatives, and create a plan of action.

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How to Get the Most From the New College Net Cost Calculators

College parents’ task of estimating and preparing for the cost of college may just have become more realistic.  As of October 29, 2011, all colleges receiving federal aid will be required to provide a Net Cost Calculator on their college websites. The new net-price calculators are intended to help future college students and their parents have a better sense of the cost of attending a particular college for a particular student.

According to the College Board, the average cost for tuition, fees and living expenses at a four year private college was $38,590 last year.  Grants, scholarships and aid lowered that costs to an average of $11,380 to $17,130 for most students. Obviously, college “sticker price” may be dramatically different from the actual price.  The new net price calculators are intended to help provide a clearer picture by making college financing more transparent and colleges more accountable.

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What to Do When Your College Student Doesn’t Call

We hear a lot these days about helicopter parents, and we hear a lot about the growing amount of communication between college parents and their college students.  This growing communication takes many forms – and is generally two-way communication. Parents aren’t the only ones doing the calling. Parents and their college students are often encouraged to limit their communication to enable college students to separate, make transitions, and become independent.

But what if too much communication with your college student isn’t your problem?  What if all communication with your college student feels one-way?  You call, text, e-mail – and you get no response.  Your student doesn’t pick up your calls or return messages or e-mails.  You may be frustrated, worried, or just plain angry.  It may help if you give some thought to why your student may not be communicating much, as well as what you can do, and shouldn’t do, to help increase the chances that your student will communicate more.

 In our last post, we considered some of the reasons why your student may not be contacting you as much as you think that he should.  In this post, we’ll look at some suggestions for improving the amount and quality of contact with your student.

What not to do when your student doesn’t call

You never hear from your college student – or at least it seems that way to you.  You’re upset, worried, and possibly angry.  You feel you need to take some action.  There are a few things we’d suggest that you avoid as you consider what to do.

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Understanding Why Your College Student Doesn’t Call

We hear a lot these days about helicopter parents, and we hear a lot about the growing amount of communication between college parents and their college students.  This growing communication takes many forms – and is generally two-way communication. Parents aren’t the only ones doing the calling. Parents and their college students are often encouraged to limit their communication to enable college students to separate, make transitions, and become independent.

But what if too much communication with your college student isn’t your problem?  What if all communication with your college student feels one-way?  You call, text, e-mail – and you get no response.  Your student doesn’t pick up your calls or return messages or e-mails.  You may be frustrated, worried, or just plain angry.  It may help if you give some thought to why your student may not be communicating much, as well as what you can do, and shouldn’t do, to help increase the chances that your student will communicate more.

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Nine Poor Decisions You Hope Your College Student Will Avoid

College is a time of learning – both in and outside of the classroom.  College students will make mistakes and most will learn from those mistakes.  Wise students and their parents recognize that mistakes are part of the learning curve, and they respect and tolerate those mistakes.  As college parents, however, we hope that our students will not make mistakes that will have a negative impact on their college career.

As a parent, you may want to anticipate and watch for these nine potential decisions and talk to your student about his choices.  Remember, however, that although you may alert your student to these pitfalls, he will ultimately need to make his own decisions – and live with the consequences – but that he will learn from experience.

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