So, the bags are packed. You've bought the extra long sheets. The 3.2 cubic foot refrigerator is in the back of the car. The time has come to drive your son or daughter into the next chapter of their academic lives – college. You may not remember it, or maybe you do, but the transition from high school to college can be a tough one. And your student's advisors are here to help.
To start, college is different from high school in many ways. Time management is a skill that not all high school students have had to employ in their academics yet, since their class times have been structured for them. In college, they manage their own time – before, during, and after classes. And it's crucial that they learn how.
In high school, students depend on you and their teachers or coaches to remind them of their responsibilities and help set their priorities. In college, your student will need to learn to balance his/her responsibilities and set his/her own priorities. They will no doubt face moral and ethical decisions that will be foreign to them.
High school teachers check homework, provide information to students who have been absent, write information on the board for students, and often remind them when assignments are due. College professors put the onus on the student, in most cases, to remember when assignments are due, to ask for help when needed, or to reach out to them if they've missed a class to catch up. They lecture without necessarily identifying important points for the students – students are expected to identify those points for themselves.
College is a different world than high school in many ways, so preparing your student to be ready for the changes is important. Encourage them to take control of their own education from the very start. Tell them to get to know their professors, they will be their greatest resource. Motivate them to take a challenging course, and to set goals for each semester, and their entire college career.
Fisher's Office of Academic Affairs' website is a great resource for students, which has tips for improving academic performance and their GPA.