Mid-semester: Time For Your College Student to Re-evaluate

Mid-Semester.  It’s a time of stress for college students.  It is also a time when your student can both look backward and look forward.  A lot has happened in the first half of the semester, but there is also an entire second half to either build on the successes of the first half or turn things around.

As a college parent, you may or may not know exactly what your student’s situation is.  He may or may not share his midterm grades, concerns, or behaviors with you.  This is a good time to ask some important questions and to do a lot of listening – not just to the words, but to the messages between the lines.  All of your communication skills will come in handy.

This is often a time of decisions for students.  How do I build on what I’ve learned?  How can I change direction?  Should I move on or take a break?

We’d like to suggest some of our earlier posts that may be particularly helpful at this mid-term evaluation time.  Talk to your student about some of the things that she can do right now to make a difference.  As always, remember that decisions need to be hers, but remind her that you understand some of what may lie ahead and that you are there to support her.

Taking stock at mid-semester

Signs That Your College Student May Be In Trouble

One Question You Should Be Asking Your College Student At Mid-Semester

Is Your College Student Investing Enough Time Studying?

Helping Your College Student Avoid “How Do I Tell My Parents?” Fears

Helping Your College Student Make Sense of Midterm Grades


When things aren’t going well

How Parents Can Help Their Student in Trouble

How Parents Can Help College Students Value Their Mistakes

A Five Step Plan to Help Your College Student Salvage a Poor Semester

When the College Experience Hits a Roadblock: Helping Your Student Deal with Dissatisfaction

How Parents Can Help Their Student in Difficulty

Should My College Student Consider Withdrawing from a Class?

Why Your College Student Should Talk to Her Professor If She’s Struggling


Help moving forward

Beating the Procrastination Monster: How College Parents Can Help

Helping Your College Student Find Support on Campus

Five Steps to Help Your College Student Turn Around a Poor Semester

The Smartest Word Your College Student Can Use

Location, Location, Location – Where’s Your College Student Studying?

Helping Your College Student Be a Better Student: Twelve Questions to Ask

Does Your College Student Know How to Advocate for What She Needs?

Tutoring Can Help Your College Student Succeed: Twelve Reasons to Start Early

Ten Wise Decisions Your College Student Can Make to Improve His GPA

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