Free Academic Support Services on Campus

Parents inform your soon to be college freshman of free academic support services on campus

With thirty percent of first-year college students dropping out of college, parents assisting their children with their education shouldn't stop when they enter college. I don't subscribe to the philosophy that students will figure it out in their freshman year. That philosophy can be costly and timely, not only for students but for parents as well. Even though I advocate for parents being actively involved in their child's freshman year of college, I don't advocate for parents contacting college administrators or college professors.

If your son/daughter is starting college for the first time, what's one more thing you can do to help them? Research the free academic support services the college/university offers and inform your child of them and strongly encourage them to use those services. Why? Using free academic support services can be considered a preventative measure until the student gets adjusted to college academics.

Expect there to be some pushback, but you might want to remind your son/daughter that this isn't the thirteenth grade, and it's precautionary until they make sure they get adjusted to the academic rigors of college.

Now, it is time to do a little research to find out what free academic services are offered on your child's campus. Free tutoring goes by different names on different campuses, so here are a few names you should be looking for.

Some schools label-free academic services like tutoring, which is a simple description and straightforward. Some college put their tutors inside writing/math labs; the labs are great because students can usually walk in without an appointment. Supplemental instruction is a nontraditional form of tutoring that focuses on collaboration, group study, and interaction to assist students in difficult courses. You also may want to encourage your son/daughter to participate with study buddies or study groups. Study buddies/study groups are informal groups that meet to study for a particular class. These groups can be great, especially for classes with weekly quizzes, and it's an easy way to get notes if the student misses a class.

If you feel a little overwhelmed with the information, you need to provide your son/daughter for their success in college call, text, or make an appointment with Next Step, College Freshman (



Wayne Carter

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