Midterm support for your student

Midterm support for your student

Midterms are almost here, and your first-year college student may need extra support. What are midterms? Halfway through the semester (possibly much earlier than your student expects!), the faculty conspire to inundate students with tests, projects and papers scheduled as closely together as possible. Professors aren’t really out to get your student but it may feel that

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The time management challenge

The time management challenge

Every fall thousands of freshmen head to college and parents cross their fingers and hope their students will be successful. Many students transition smoothly, but others do not. Is there a secret? Maybe. In his book, Making the Most of College, Richard Light shares a study of hundreds of college sophomores. Interviewers talked with two groups

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Academic success checklists

Academic success checklists

Your student’s academic advisor can recommend habits to cultivate that will lead to academic success. Based on 30 years of working with students and faculty members, I have my own checklist (see below). Here also is my unorthodox but honest parent-to-parent checklist for you. 1. Set your expectations early, and high. This generation of college

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College to Career 101

College to Career 101

A college degree is not an automatic ticket to a career. Students don’t choose a major, take some classes, write a few papers and — poof! — they’re looking at a six-figure job offer upon graduation. And this fact has a lot of people (including concerned parents!) talking, mostly about college grads who are jobless,

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The first six weeks of college

The first six weeks of college

You may have heard that the first six weeks can set the tone for your student’s entire freshman year. There’s truth in that, but it’s important for students and parents not to panic if the start of the year is a bit rough. By understanding what your new college student is experiencing, you’ll feel better able

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The college student resumé

The college student resumé

Move-in day is approaching, and you and your new college student are getting ready. You’ve made a list of “must-have” items. Extra-long twin sheets? Check. Laptop? Check. Storage organizers? Check. Resumé? Check. Wait — what ? That’s right. Although rarely found on anyone’s Top Ten, a resumé should be considered an essential item on your student’s packing

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5 summer internship tips

5 summer internship tips

They did it — your college student landed a summer internship! Now the school year’s winding down and they’re getting excited about the upcoming adventure. For you, though, this may be a bittersweet moment. On one hand, you’re happy and proud; on the other, this might be the first summer they won’t spend at home.

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  • Great article. It reminded me to ask my high school senior about which of her preferred colleges have reached out about a regional event. We attended an event like this with our older daughter who was attending school far from home and it was very valuable.