As a family member you may ask yourself, how can I best support my student?
What can I do to help them succeed? Referring your student to campus resources will allow them to take responsibility for their own success while allowing you to take part in important conversations regarding their transition.
Has your student talked with their Mentor and/or Resident Assistant?
These upper-class, student leaders can refer your student to all the resources UWM has to offer.
How is your student connecting to UWM?
- Have they made friends, joined a study group or a student organization?
- What about campus employment, undergraduate research or studying abroad?
Has your student signed-up for tutoring?
Many students wait too long to access tutoring or supplemental instruction, making it difficult to catch-up. Tutoring is not just for students who may be struggling in a course; it provides valuable supplemental instruction for students at all skill levels.
The Writing Center can also benefit writers of all levels to gain feedback on their work.
Is your student making healthy decisions?
- Are they exercising and eating healthy?
- What about getting enough sleep?
- Have their social behaviors changed?
Has your student met with their academic advisor?
Your student’s advisor plays a major role in their success, specifically graduating in a timely manner. Their advisor can inform them of all add/drop deadlines and any fees associated with courses.
- Has your student gotten to know their professors?
- Are they attending and participating in class regularly?
- Have they been to their professors’ office hours?
How will your student pay for college?
- Have they completed their FAFSA?
- What about scholarship applications?
- Have they found on-campus employment?