Success in college means many things to many people. For some, it means a 4.0 GPA, for others it means landing the perfect job at graduation or being accepted to graduate school, for still others it may mean opportunities such as studying abroad and completing internships, and for still others, success may mean having a good time or finding a husband or wife.
However broadly you and your student define college success, it almost always includes at least some amount of success in the classroom. In spite of the importance of networking, social life, athletics, leadership, broad experiences, friendships, or job opportunities, the college experience centers around the classroom. And success in the classroom is important.
As a college parent, you hope for academic success, but there is little you can do to influence it. Your student’s success will depend on many factors, but they are, and should be, generally out of your control. In your role as sideline coach, you can cheer your student on — and occasionally give some advice — but the task of learning how to learn belongs to your student.
In spite of your sideline role, here are a few ideas you might pass along to your student. A conversation here or there might guide your student in the right direction. You may even want to pass this list along for your student to read. Remember, though that if your student stumbles and falls, there are important learning experiences associated with that, too.
Basics for classroom success
Habits for Success —Making It Work
With some thought and preparation ahead of time, along with dedication and work throughout the semester, your student will be in a perfect position for classroom success.