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Many high school students planning to go to college spend a lot of their time reviewing vocabulary words for their SAT College Board exam. They learn big words, important words, roots of words, and definitions. But if your college student is going to succeed in college, there may be one important word that he needs that never shows up on his entrance exam. It may be the most important word that he can use in college. What is that word? ”Help.”
One of the first steps in encouraging your college student to ask for help when he needs it is helping him understand some of the factors that may be holding him back from seeking what he needs. Once he works his way past those barriers, however, it is important that he know what help is available to him.
Colleges provide many forms of support for students, but students need to seek that assistance. Unlike many high schools, colleges may not intrusively pursue your student to provide services and support. Many offices, advisors, tutoring centers or other support personnel depend on students to advocate for themselves and recognize and seek the help they need. As a college parent, you can encourage your student to find and utilize campus resources.
What kind of help should my student seek?
The kind of help that your student needs to look for depends on the problem, of course. But most colleges are prepared to help your student in many areas. Encourage your student to know the resources available on his campus and to know where they are located. She may never need them, but knowing what is available will be a good first step toward seeking help when it is needed.
It is important that your college student realize that she is not alone in working to achieve her goals. There is support available if she asks for it. It is possible that your student may need to try several people before she finds exactly the right source, but it is important that she persist. Once your student realizes that she needs help and understands the importance of asking for that help; and once she identifies the appropriate source of that help, she will need to make sure that she takes full advantage of that help.
Author of Article: Vicki Nelson. Article adapted from collegeparentcentral.com. Please Note: Missouri S&T does not endorse or have a relationship with SOURCE and articles are provided for information purposes only. Missouri S&T and SOURCE do not assume responsibility for error or omission in materials.
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