Fall semester is over, and spring classes are underway. How is your student doing? We asked some student services professionals around campus how parents and families can best support their student. Here is how they finished the following statement:
Families contribute to student success by…
Asking their student questions to help them to process information and figure
out a solution. For example, if a student is feeling lonely, you might ask, “What
type of clubs or leadership opportunities might you explore to potentially
become engaged on campus?”
Being good listeners.
Encouraging their students to not be shy about asking for help. For instance,
academic support offered through Tutor Iowa isn’t just for students who might
be struggling in a subject but also for students who want to get an A rather than
a B in the class.
Helping students reflect on the everyday self-discipline they must learn and
those big decisions about majors and careers, as well as encouraging them
to get outside of their comfort zone and explore new subjects, groups, and
Providing a secure home base and encouraging students to use support services
available to them. The students we see in the University Counseling Service are
often referred by a parent. A supportive parent may be one of the first persons
that a student will alert to the fact that she or he is struggling and needs
additional care or connection. The UCS is ready and available to provide that
care and connection.
Coaching them through challenges without taking over responsibility for the