Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Student!
Helping Your Student Transition to the College Environment
Consider asking these Top 10 questions to help your student transition to the college environment and assist with his or her success!
- Are you going to class?
Skipping class is the #1 reason many students fail.
- Are you studying at least 25 hrs per week?
College is a full-time job. You should be in class, studying, and doing homework 40 hrs per week. You’ll get paid in the years to come.
- Are you scheduling your "goof-off" time?
Everyone needs down time - it’s how we absorb and make meaning from what is learned in the classroom, but new college students need to learn to manage their "goof-off" time.
- Do you know the last day to withdraw from classes?
After this date you cannot withdraw from a class and dropping below a full-time student status can affect your financial aid.
- Are you starting your assignments early?
The unexpected happens: you get sick, your computer dies, etc.
Start assignments with plenty of time for the UNEXPECTED.
- Have you seen your advisor?
Students need to meet with an advisor (usually in October) to plan for next semester.
- Have you gone to your professor's office hours?
Professors like to help students. Do not hesitate to visit the professor during office hours. The earlier this relationship is established, the more comfortable you will be to ask for help from your faculty.
- Are you going to tutoring or visiting the Learning Commons?
BGSU Learning Commons - The Learning Commons offers a number of resources, such as tutors or study sessions to help students succeed at BGSU.
- Have you formed a study group?
Studying complex material is more efficient with a study group. It’s helpful to make connections with people in your classes to form a study group.
- Have you talked to your Resident Advisor (RA) about it?
Resident Advisors are a great resource to students at BGSU. If your student is having difficulties with their roommate or is experiencing issues relating to homesickness or adjusting to college, please encourage your student to talk to his/her RA. Resident Advisors are armed with numerous resources to help mediate situations or help your student make connections on campus.