In this final episode of our 3-part series on pandemic fallout in college students, we share suggestions of how parents can work together with their students to address current challenges. Parents can aid students in developing strategies to feel in control of their living and learning in the college community. This partnership with students can help them articulate goals and maintain high expectations for themselves and establish a path forward.
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This is the final episode in our 3-part series on the Pandemic Fallout that we’ve seen in our college students. Students are finding new challenges now as they emerge from the pandemic learning situations of the past couple of years. In our earlier two episodes we looked at what we’re seeing in our students and why these things matter. If you’re just joining us for this topic, you may want to go back to listen to these first two episodes. Take some time to listen to episode #079 – Pandemic Fallout: What We’re Seeing in Our Post-Pandemic Students and episode #080 – Pandemic Fallout Part 2: What causes pandemic fallout and does it matter? and then join us for this episode.
We realized that these first two episodes seemed rather negative and we’re happy to take a more positive, proactive approach with our suggestions in this episode.
In this episode we share some suggestions of what parents can do to help their students think about what’s going on for them and find ways to get through this next stage as we all work our way back.
We shared some topics for conversations with our students, how difficult it is to watch our students struggle and how to step back and help them have agency over their actions, and how to partner with them and problem-solve together with our students. It’s so important to build on the positive and the things that are going well and to consider alternatives and flexible approaches.
Some of the other topics we discussed included:
- How to rebuild your student’s “student muscle”
- Using strengths to build study skills
- How to act as a role model for your student
- How to learn new things
- Time management and organization
- Getting enough sleep
- Connecting with campus life and student engagement
- Helping your student be able to articulate and put into words what is going on and what they want
We mentioned two books by one of our favorite authors – Jeff Selingo. The first is about the admission process and the second is especially helpful for making the most of time in college. Check out our reviews.
Vicki also mentioned an interesting TED Talk by Simon Sinek about finding your “Why.”
If you’d like to follow up on some of the topics we talked about in this episode, you might find these episodes and articles helpful.
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