Questions parents ask me -• 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?
What have you learned aboutstudent success in the last 36 hours at UT?
UTK – 2012 Fall Cohort• Average ACT – 26.70• Average HS Core GPA – 3.85• 40% with HS GPA of 4.0 or better(Average fall term GPA of 2011 cohort - 2.98)
Some issues to consider…• There is no direct relationship between class attendance and course grades. True or False?
Some questions to consider…• Students who earn mostly “A’s” typically spend how many hours of work outside class on academic studies? a. 0 -10 c. 20 - 30 b. 10 - 20 d. 30 and above
Some issues to consider…• In order to be successful, students should consider attending classes and studying a full time job, i.e. 35 – 40 hours a week. True or False?
Work with an academic coachat the Student Success Center• Daily planners and "to do" lists• Weekly Schedule• Semester Calendar• Realities, boundaries, priorities, and rewards
Some issues to consider…• All first-year students are required to take a first-year seminar. True or False?
First-Year Courses• FYS 100: The Volunteer Connection – Online course for ALL first-year students – Focuses on engagement and provides structure for the Life of the Mind Program• FYS 101: The UT Experience – Focuses on personal and academic transition to college – Helps students adjust to life at UTK• FYS 129: Freshman Seminar – Small groups meet with professors – Topics of interest to faculty and students BA 100, UH 100, ANR 100
Life of the Mindhttp://torch.utk.edu/lifeofthemind/
Some questions to consider…• Test questions on college exams come from: a. course text b. library sources c. the internet d. students’ notes/instructors’ lecture e. class discussions/group work/labs f. homework g. all of the above
Some issues to consider…• Academic advisors will register my son/daughter each term. True or False?
Academic Advising Goals• To foster a campus culture that supports academic advising as a shared responsibility essential to the educational experience and student success• To assist students in becoming responsible, self-directed learners and skilled decision makers• To assist in the development of educational plans that are consistent with students’ personal values, goals, and career plans• To encourage holistic engagement with the college experience (academically, socially, culturally, and professionally) preparing students for a life of learning in a global society
Some issues to consider…• First-year students have made a firm decision about a major by the time they enter college. True or False?
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Coping with adversity• Encourage students to… – Learn through frustrations – Develop coping skills – Reach out for help Parent’s role… - Challenge - Support - Refer - Communicate
Last question to consider…• How can parents help their college student be successful? a. Do his/her laundry b. Text and/or call during class to “check-in” c. Learn the on-line library resources so you can help with his/her research d. Communicate, refer, challenge and support
Welcome and best wishes to the parents of the Class of 2016!