We encourage parents to maintain communication with their student throughout the year.
See the list of questions and topics below to discuss with your student based on the
time of year.
As the summer winds down, students should be preparing for the upcoming year. If your
student will be a freshman, take some time to discuss what you both learned at Orientation
and how you can use this information to have a successful freshman year. Help your
student look at fall classes and discuss a weekly schedule to help manage classes,
studying, work and social activities.
For returning students, take time to help them assess the past year and prepare for
the coming year. Encourage them to think about participating in an internship or studying
August is a very important time of the year. Students should take time to settle into
their new classes and make sure they get the books and supplies they need to succeed
during this semester in college.
College students experience much greater freedom than in high school. However, they
are also held more accountable for their actions and decisions. Rarely does a professor
ask twice for assignments or question absences. With an increased opportunity for
distractions, time management becomes more important. Encourage your student to be
responsible for his or her education. There is no better time than now to get your
student off to a good start.
Students often utilize the month of September to explore campus and get involved.
Joining clubs and organizations looks great on a resume and can build great friendships
that will last a lifetime. The University of Memphis currently has more than 180 Registered
Student Organizations (RSO) and the numbers are growing every day.
Your student needs ongoing encouragement as he or she goes through the college experience.
As a parent, you know your student better than professors, peers or college staff,
and you know his or her limitations. You are often in the best position to encourage
and support behaviors
In October, students begin experiencing exciting and challenging situations that they
need to learn to handle on their own. As a parent, try to avoid rushing in; instead,
think of the college experience as your student's job. Offer support, answer questions
and point him or her toward the right resources. Parents should use the opportunity
to help their student become more independent.
By November, exams and papers may begin piling up. Students can sometimes acquire
poor eating or sleeping habits, increased stress and other factors that may require
the help of Student Health Services. Keep in mind that an active mind needs a healthy
body, so encourage your student to find ways of relieving stress, keeping active and
staying healthy while at college.
Remember, there are people at the U of M who want to help. Parents and students should
talk about challenges that come up.
December can be very stressful for students as the semester comes to a close. If students
need help, they should look to those who have experience with tests, be it their parents,
brothers and sisters who have taken the same class, friends, or a tutor.
The University has a dedicated staff of advisors who will do everything they can to
help with scheduling, registration, and academic issues.
You and your student may feel excited and anxious. It is important to remember that
students keep their own schedule at school. This may conflict with parental expectations
about family activities, so it is helpful to discuss these expectations prior to your
student returning home.
Many students think of January as a new beginning, a time to improve upon the previous
semester. Your student's new freedom will also require new responsibilities, especially
when it comes to managing finances.
Talk with your student about these responsibilities often. Having a checking account
or credit card may be a completely new experience for your student. You may want to
have a conversation about budgeting expenses, spending habits and paying for their
In February, students will now be a month into the second semester of the year. If
your student is unhappy with any of his or her courses and is considering dropping
a class, be sure this is done by the deadline. Please visit www.memphis.edu/registrar
for dates and deadlines.
If students joined any clubs or organizations in the fall, they may wish to rejoin
that club this semester. If a particular club wasn't right for the student, encourage
him or her to look around for other clubs that the U of M has to offer.
The semester is now midway through and this is often a very exciting and busy time
for students. Many plan to go away for spring break. Parents should remind students
to be safe while having fun. Keep in touch with those they travel with and keep in
mind that classes will resume after break.
Remind your student that, while spring is a time for much social activity, balance
is also important.
Your student's year is coming to an end. This is the most important time for students,
as they prepare for final exams. The term is drawing to a close which means your student
may soon be coming home for summer break.
After students receive their grades, they should ask themselves if they are happy
with their academic performance. The semester break is a great time to assess their
performance, identifying areas for possible improvement.
The U of M offers a wide range of classes for students who are interested in getting
ahead of the game. Taking a summer class is a great way for students to keep their
academic skills sharp. Most classes last four to six weeks.
Although some students may find the rigorous pace of summer classes intimidating,
the rewards of being closer to graduation can make it worth the extra effort.
The time to plan for the future is now. If your student did not do as well academically
as he or she had hoped to do during finals, encourage your student to evaluate the
year. Look for ways they can improve next year.
Students should be proud of their accomplishments and use them to motivate themselves
as they continue their college career.