How to Help Students to Succeed at College

What is your definition of success? In your opinion what does it mean to be successful? My mentor said a few years back that success is not quantified by what you get, but instead by what you give. For some students, success is getting a good grade in college, for others, it’s their involvement in class, and yet others believe it’s having a lot of money and being popular among their peers.

The kind of success I hope to discuss is centered on achieving goals. As a community, a lecturer, a parent or a teacher, how are we involved in ensuring the college students hit their targets?

College is the most stressful, exhausting and terrifying stages of life yet, especially when you need pay someone to do my essay, so beautiful and full of exciting experiences. It is in college that as a student, you get to discover yourself, adapt, change and grow. Every party has the responsibility of helping every student adjust to life in college.

The Parents

As parents, we want to be part of every milestone our child undergo. From early childhood- when they first learned to walk, talk, eat, take a bath to adolescence when they became very rebellious, and you couldn’t understand what you were missing. Were you too old, ignorant, and too strict? However, when your son or daughter goes to college, it is time to let them be. It is no longer about “we,” you are now separate ‘I’ and ‘you.’

Their journey to success will be very different from yours, and their source of happiness differs from your own. Be open-minded, do not pressure or guilt him/her into taking specific subjects, dress in a certain way, attain certain grades. Let them thrive on their own, you’ve got them thus far,

Since you have been a supportive parent since childhood, they will definitely come to you when they feel vulnerable as they consider you their ‘safe place.’ When they confide in you, ask them questions before fixing their problems or offering advice. Learn of the available resources that can assist student while in college.

The Professors, Lecturers and Other Professionals

If you fall into this category, you are the most influential force in shaping the students' success. Create a safe, respectful and transparent environment for the students to freely share their ideas, ask questions and connect with the academic material.

How to Create Safe Spaces

Care about the student. “Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They can weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves.” (Parker Palmer, 1998.11)

Use discussions, assignments and group work to connect the theory and practice. Openly engage the students in discussing responsibilities, challenges and their attitudes towards life and class work. Such engagements will create a good rapport and will help the student in discovering their strengths, “why” and desires concerning professional goals.

In summary, be enthusiastic about your job. You are the parents, big sister or brother and it thus your responsibility to mold them into respectable men and women. Maintain enthusiasm while teaching, engaging with the students and in celebrating the student’s success. A supportive environment is an essential facilitator of learning.

Be a Better Student

Yes, the community is gunning up to support you in achieving your goals; however, if you do not put in the work, or show interest, it is futile. Therefore, what are some of the things you should do to succeed?

1. Set Goals

Long or short term goals is a great way to measure your success. Let those goals be realistic while still challenging yourself to become better and growing your mindset. Setting concrete goals and achieving them, allows you to set higher goals.

2. Make Use of the Available Resource

This is an information age where we have google, online library, online classrooms, and school websites. The resources you need to thrive are at your disposal. Develop a sustainable studying technique: - well time-managed, balanced, with no “cram sessions,” such a method will help you absorb concepts.

3. Take Notes

Develop a habit of taking notes during class, meetings or conferences. Listening while taking notes reinforces your comprehension of the information being delivered. Write the notes with legible handwriting so that you can review the notes at a later day.

Heard of the phrase work with no play makes Jack a dull boy. Have fun while in campus, join student bodies, clubs, indulge in your favorite sport. College is the most exciting stage of your life. Enjoy the freedom but do not abuse it, take risks, and learn from your mistakes. There will be no other time like this in your life.

About Jordan Wolfe

I am the founder of uwemp. Prior to founding uwemp, I worked at Mainsail Partners, a private equity firm in San Francisco. With a passion for making other peoples' passions a reality, I realized it all starts with education. When I first started uwemp, we were helping students developing their writing skills and I was shocked at how poor they were. This led me down to the path of realizing how broken the education and corporate training markets are and put me on a lifelong mission to play a role in creating wide spread disruption. Free time is filled with cheesy romance movies, making it rain on the basketball court, and attempting to play left-handed shortstop on the softball field.

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