By Cristabell Ramdial, Class of 2013
October brings the arrival of
fall weather and, for some students, chilly news via midterm grades.
Here’s where you, as a parent,
can again help your student with her adjustment to college. Remind your student
that midterm grades are progress reports of how she is doing in classes so far.
If she’s not happy with what she sees, she can make changes.
If your student is doing well in
his classes, just urge her to keep up the good work. Remind him how easy it can
be to fall behind inherclass work.
That’s exactly what happened to Cristal Mota, a senior psychology major.
“I got all A’s during my freshman year
for midterms, and I slacked off because I thought I was doing really well,” she
said. “I wish I knew then how easy it is to fall behind because at the end of
the semester my grades suffered.”
If you notice your student isn’t
doing well in midterm grades, encourage her not to panic. She can do a lot to
move toward the grades she wants. Ann Lehman, registrar and director of
institutional research, offered these tips to help your student improve her
The first, and most important, tip is to go to
class, even if the class is at 8:30, even if he thinks it’s boring.
||Brett Keegan tutors Siika Merriman at the Teaching and Learning Center in Doyle Hall. [Photo by: Madison Thieman]
Sit in the front row.
Talk to your professor. He or she
should be the first person you ask for help.
Do the homework, read the readings and complete
all the assignments.
Seek out other assistance from the Teaching and
Learning Center (located in the basement of Doyle, which includes the Writing
Lab) or from the Math or Writing Center. (Located in De La Roche and the
basement of Plassmann, respectively).
Speak to your adviser.
Change your study strategies. If you’re doing
poorly at midterms, whatever you’re doing isn’t working for her in a
Do some work for each class everyday.
9. Budget your time so you are studying in shorter bursts but getting in more time overall.
The most important thing your student needs is encouragement
and support. Rafael Alfonseca, a sophomore accounting major, said it’s his
parents’ encouragement that motivated him.
| Freshmen who made "Dean's List" at midterms attended an Academic Success Reception in the Hall of Fame room at the Reilly Center on October 25.
“I didn’t do as well as I thought
I did for midterms. I thought my parents would be upset, but they just told me
to keep working and get tutoring. I was relieved,” he said.
If, however, your student decides
after consultation with the professor as though there is no possible way to
improve the grade in a particular class, he can withdraw from the course and
take it at another time. Lehman said a “W” does not affect a student’s
GPA. However, W’s do not look the best for future employers or graduate schools
who request transcripts and, if repeatedly done, the W’s could possible affect
“If a student is considering
withdrawing from a course, she must have the signature of the adviser and the
instructor on the withdrawal form. The form can be downloaded from My.SBU.edu
or picked up from the Records Office,” she said.
To withdraw from a class, the
form must be submitted, with all valid signatures, no later than 5 p.m., Nov.