#013 – Special Episode – COVID-19: When Your College Student Needs to Complete the Semester at Home

It seems as though the entire world has turned upside down. As the coronavirus rages worldwide, most colleges are sending students home to complete their coursework online. College-at-home comes with significant challenges for both students and their parents. This special episode contains essential suggestions for helping students learn to adjust to their new online learning environment.

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In this episode, Vicki and Lynn share some suggestions for parents to help make their student’s transition to home and a new online learning environment go more smoothly. We’re all struggling to find a “new normal,” at least for a while. Perhaps the biggest message for all of us right now is that we will need to be patient with one another – and believe that we will all make it through.

Here are a few additional articles that may be helpful as parents – and students – struggle to cope.

This first article covers some of the elements we discussed more fully in the podcast. It will give you something to refer to as you try to adapt.

Completing the College Year at Home

There’s is nothing that can prepare us for a situation such as the one we are now all facing but, hopefully, you’ll find some elements here that you can apply to the changes we are now all facing.

Going with the Flow: Why College Students’ Ability to Adapt Matters

15 Tips to Help You and Your Student Cope with Change

Communication is especially important during this difficult time.

Twelve Things You Can Do to Help You Listen to Your College Student

#005 – Communicating with Your College Student

For many students, especially seniors, being forced to leave campus means potentially cancelling many of those important final semester activities that mean so much – including possibly Commencement. Your student may be more disappointed than they let on, or even realize. Try to help them cope with those feelings.

When Disappointment Comes for Your Student

Above all, stay positive, find ways to enjoy being together, get outside if you can, and find ways to laugh.

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4 thoughts on “#013 – Special Episode – COVID-19: When Your College Student Needs to Complete the Semester at Home”

  1. This was really helpful, as much of the information that is available focuses on younger children.
    I would be interested in how to handle this time period with a child who has struggled with school, and if we should be taking any different approaches as we have another month until the end of the semester.
    Also, any comments regarding sleep patterns? What is acceptable for when the student is home for staying up late or sleeping in?
    Thanks and be safe!

    • Thanks for your comment, Jennifer. It is a different environment with college kids home for the rest of the semester. Very different than juggling toddlers and young children! It is interesting that some students who struggled in school seem to do well in this online environment at home. Some are struggling to focus, but others are finding that it is easier to focus without all of the social distractions that they have at school. Don’t assume that your student will struggle. But if they are having a difficult time, make sure they investigate all of the resources that the college is offering. Some are holding tutoring or group study sessions online. Colleges are reaching out in as many ways as they can. Regarding sleep patterns – my only suggestion is that unless it is really disturbing others in the household, you may need to live with it. College students definitely have different hours! Of course, if your student is sleeping all of the time and you have concerns about mental health, reach out. Many colleges are also offering counseling at this time too. We may not know what the virus finish line will be, but there will be a finish line to the semester. Hang in there!


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