Welcome to the Georgia Tech Family! A student’s transition to college can sometimes be as challenging for parents as it is for students. Our goal at the Center for Academic Success (CAS) is to Help your son or daughter have an enriched and successful experience and assist you to find the balance between guiding your student and supporting their independence in this exciting part of their academic journey.
Parents often have questions about how to support student success. The hope is that you can have open conversations with your student about their successes and struggles, and find out how they would like you to support them as they transition at Tech. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) prevents Georgia Tech from releasing your student’s information to anyone without his or her written consent. For your student to develop independence and self-sufficiency, it is vital that he or she take the initiative to seek the resources and support they need individually throughout their undergraduate studies.
For your convenience we have developed some questions that parents or guardians can consider as they engage in conversation with students:
What are your academic goals for the semester? Goal setting is important because it gives students purpose, direction and motivation. What grade does your student expect at the end of the semester? Is that a realistic grade based on their previous performance and/or talent in their major? Setting SMART ( Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) goals is a life skill that students can translate into many areas of life.
How do you effectively manage your time? Time management and goal setting go hand-in-hand. A time management tool can assist students to stay on track and achieve their goals. Some of the best time management tools can be found on the devices that students utilize every day. Whether it is a weekly schedule in a diary, google calendar or cell phone, encourage students to take advantage of technology to help with time management.
Are you attending class? This may seem like an obvious question, but students sometimes need to be reminded about the importance of attending class. There is information shared in lecture that is pertinent to academic success in the course. Instructors will communicate information on due dates and the syllabus as well as significant information on subject matter that could be on a future test or quiz.
Do you have a place to study? Having a consistent place to study as one prepares for quizzes, tests and finals is important. A study location should be a place where a student can focus, plan and concentrate with limited distractions. There are many study locations on the Georgia Tech campus including Clough 273 at the Center for Academic Success.
Have you visited your professors or TA’s during office hours? Students should take advantage of office hours in order to connect with their professors. Office hours are held specifically for students to visit and ask questions. Students attend office hours to seek help on an assignment, to ask for clarification on a topic they learned in lecture, or to inquire about their major. Professors have their hours listed on their course syllabus, and students can drop in during that time or contact the professor to make an individual appointment.
Have you utilized the services offered by The Center of Academic Success? The Student Success Center offers various services to help students achieve their academic goals. We offer free tutoring services, academic coaching and success workshops on various topics catered to academic success.
How do you manage academic stress and anxiety? Stress and anxiety in a rigorous academic environment can affect a student when it’s not dealt with properly. Ask your student to identify the early warning signs of stress and anxiety. It is important that they have a healthy outlet for relieving stress whether it’s an effective time management plan, regular exercise, relaxation techniques, or journaling.
How do you keep up with your graduation plan? Encourage your student to develop a relationship with his or her academic advisors. Academic advising is one of the most important services that college campuses offer. Your student is in college not only to earn a degree, but to become an educated person, a lifelong learner, and a contributing member of the workforce.