As the parent of a University of Memphis student, you are a crucial component to their
success. Keep the lines of communication open and check-in with your students regularly.
You can also encourage your students to:
Go to class and study
We know – it sounds really obvious. But there is a lot of misinformation shared between
students about what college is really like. One of the biggest myths we hear is that
you do not have to attend class as a college student. The more people to dispel those
myths, the better! Attendance is mandatory in many classes and even when it is not,
hearing the lecture and discussing the day's topic is an invaluable a part of the
Reduce their work hours
This is especially relevant for new students who are still adapting to a new environment.
We understand that sometimes they must work but encourage them to work the minimum
hours possible. Being a full-time college student requires lots of time in and out
of the classroom and a job will often interfere with their academic success.
Be a balanced student
Going to class and doing well is the first priority but getting involved on campus
provides leadership development opportunities, connections to the campus community,
and helps to build a resume.
See their advisor early
This is both in reference to advising for the upcoming semester (typically, advising
begins in October for Spring classes and in March for Summer/Fall classes) but also
for any concerns or issues they may have throughout the semester. Whether your student
is considering changing their major, wants to discuss graduate school options, is
having difficulty in a course, or any other concern – the earlier they contact their
advisor, the better.
Take advantage of campus resources including tutoring, career counseling, featured
speakers, and many other services.