Dr. Ruth A. Darling
 Assistant Provost for Student
            Success

“Light the Torch: The First Year
        Experienc...
“
                           ”
•My child was a good student in high
    school. How can I be sure he/she
    will do well ...
Success=Graduation
„




• Highly Qualified, Impressively Cerebral
  – 26.4 average ACT
  – 3.78 average HS GPA
  – 40% with HS GPA of 4.00 o...
1.   There is no direct relationship
     between class attendance and
     course grades. (T or F)

2.   Students who ear...
3. In order to be successful, students
   should consider attending classes and
   studying a full time job, i.e. 35 – 40
...
5. What seating position is best for
   learning in a classroom?
   a. front and to the side
   b. front and center
   c. ...
6.   Research on effective reading suggests
     that chapter headings and subheadings
     should be:
     a. ignored
   ...
8. First-year students have made a firm
   decision about a major by the time
   they enter college. (T or F)

9. The most...
10. How can parents help their college student
    be successful?

   a. Do their laundry every week.
   b. Call them in t...
“                                   ”




    Tomorrow morning at 10:35



    Mr. Anton Reece and SSC staff



    Use “c...
• Learning tied to your
  student’s goals
• Constantly challenging
  students
• Opportunities to
  –   Pursue passions
  –...
In a recent survey, how many first-year students
reported they had to work far harder than
expected to meet the demands of...
High School GPA   UT First-Year GPA




      Respect the rigor!
•Pace
 •Reading Load
 •Higher Level
      Thinking Skills
 •Complexity of Life
 (Building & Balancing)
   •Options
   •Opp...
Teaching          Research
„ Informed by     „ Pioneers new
  the latest        knowledge
  trends and      „ Advances
  p...
Attend
Invest
Manage
•   Active Curiosity
•   Preparation
•   Focus
•   Attendance in
    class


A = Attend
•   Goals & Purpose
•   Personal Responsibility
•   Being a Student
•   Doing the Work
“You are in charge of your own
  su...
• Manage
  – Time
  – Relationships
  – Resources
• Strengthen Coping Skills




M = Manage
• Learning through frustration
• Developing coping skills
• Reaching out for help


Parent’s role:
        Challenge
     ...
Academic         Personal        Student Life

• Instructors   • Health          • Student
• Advisors        Services     ...
•   Academic Coaching
• First Year Studies 101
• UT LEAD
• Supplemental Instruction (SI)
• Academic Success Workshops
• SS...
First Year Seminars:
•Freshman Seminars 129
•First Year Studies 101
•Business Administration 100
•University Honors 100
•A...
General Education


                    Academic Advising
                                        Support
Web: studentsuccess@utk.edu
Success=Graduation
Student Success: What Every Parent Should Know
Student Success: What Every Parent Should Know
Student Success: What Every Parent Should Know
Student Success: What Every Parent Should Know
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Dr. Ruth A. Darling of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville presented this to parents during Summer Orientation 2010.

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Student Success: What Every Parent Should Know

  1. 1. Dr. Ruth A. Darling Assistant Provost for Student Success “Light the Torch: The First Year Experience at UT” UT Student Success
  2. 2. “ ” •My child was a good student in high school. How can I be sure he/she will do well at UT? •What’s expected of my son/daughter in college? •What does UT offer to help my son/daughter? •How can I best help my son/daughter succeed?
  3. 3. Success=Graduation
  4. 4. „ • Highly Qualified, Impressively Cerebral – 26.4 average ACT – 3.78 average HS GPA – 40% with HS GPA of 4.00 or better
  5. 5. 1. There is no direct relationship between class attendance and course grades. (T or F) 2. Students who earn mostly “A’s” typically spend how many hours of work outside of class: a. 10 c. 30 b. 20 d. 40
  6. 6. 3. In order to be successful, students should consider attending classes and studying a full time job, i.e. 35 – 40 hour per week. (T or F) 4. The majority of test questions on college exams come from: a. instructor’s notes d. the internet b. course texts e. National Enquirer c. library sources
  7. 7. 5. What seating position is best for learning in a classroom? a. front and to the side b. front and center c. rear and center d. rear and to the side
  8. 8. 6. Research on effective reading suggests that chapter headings and subheadings should be: a. ignored b. treated as if they were regular sentences c. turned into questions d. highlighted with hallucinogenic-colored high lighters. 7. Students who use academic support services tend to be the students who are struggling. (T or F)
  9. 9. 8. First-year students have made a firm decision about a major by the time they enter college. (T or F) 9. The most common reason why students withdraw from college is that they are unable to handle the academic work, i.e., they flunk out. (T or F)
  10. 10. 10. How can parents help their college student be successful? a. Do their laundry every week. b. Call them in the morning, during class, and in the evening to check up on them. c. Learn the on-line library resources so you can help your student do his or her research. d. Communicate, refer, challenge, and support.
  11. 11. “ ” Tomorrow morning at 10:35 Mr. Anton Reece and SSC staff Use “clickers”
  12. 12. • Learning tied to your student’s goals • Constantly challenging students • Opportunities to – Pursue passions – Explore interests – Sharpen skills – Grow intellect
  13. 13. In a recent survey, how many first-year students reported they had to work far harder than expected to meet the demands of their instructors? 91%
  14. 14. High School GPA UT First-Year GPA Respect the rigor!
  15. 15. •Pace •Reading Load •Higher Level Thinking Skills •Complexity of Life (Building & Balancing) •Options •Opportunities •Obligations What’s the difference between HS and UT?
  16. 16. Teaching Research „ Informed by „ Pioneers new the latest knowledge trends and „ Advances practices technology „ Informed by „ Establishes cutting edge and research contributes to „ May include contemporary opportunities scholarship for students „ Impacts our to engage in global that research community
  17. 17. Attend Invest Manage
  18. 18. • Active Curiosity • Preparation • Focus • Attendance in class A = Attend
  19. 19. • Goals & Purpose • Personal Responsibility • Being a Student • Doing the Work “You are in charge of your own success. We are here to help.” I = Invest
  20. 20. • Manage – Time – Relationships – Resources • Strengthen Coping Skills M = Manage
  21. 21. • Learning through frustration • Developing coping skills • Reaching out for help Parent’s role: Challenge Support Refer Communicate
  22. 22. Academic Personal Student Life • Instructors • Health • Student • Advisors Services Activities • Tutoring • Counseling • T-RECS Options Center • Greek Life • Libraries • Financial Aid • Team VOLS • Service • Disability • Study Learning Services Abroad • UG Research • Career • Leadership Services
  23. 23. • Academic Coaching • First Year Studies 101 • UT LEAD • Supplemental Instruction (SI) • Academic Success Workshops • SSC Website
  24. 24. First Year Seminars: •Freshman Seminars 129 •First Year Studies 101 •Business Administration 100 •University Honors 100 •Agriculture and Natural Resources 100
  25. 25. General Education Academic Advising Support
  26. 26. Web: studentsuccess@utk.edu
  27. 27. Success=Graduation

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