Grades and Career

Does my student need new study skills for college? What should she prioritize when choosing a major? How can I help when he freaks out about midterms? Who can best support my student when she’s struggling academically? Why can’t I see my student’s grades? Why are internships important? Is freshman year too soon to start talking about careers?

College classes are quite different from high school. Academics and career planning are also competing with new social and emotional issues and distractions. Grades and Career offers you the understanding and tools to help your student make the best use of their learning opportunities and come to reasoned decisions about their future. To connect with other parents and pose your own Grades and Career questions, please join our Facebook group.

Why Students Need Mentors

My younger daughter attended a small high school. Her grade had a single advisor whose door was always open — a one-stop-shop for questions about classes, help talking to a teacher, or just somewhere to decompress during a hectic school day. When my daughter needed anything, she knew exactly where to go. In her first year of college, everything is more complicated. She needs help, but at the same time she’s now responsible for managing her own life. Fortunately, she’s found mentors — a collection of important people who offer guidance and encouragement. Colleges build support systems that allow first-year students...

Is It Time for Better Study Habits?

Most college students know what it takes to do well in their classes. Ask them to list important study skills and they’ll say, “Be organized, take good notes, ask for help, avoid distractions, make time for sleep and study breaks, don’t procrastinate!” What your college student may need isn’t so much a lesson about appropriate study skills, then, but a conversation about actually using those skills and turning them into study habits. We’ve all been there. We want to make a change — exercise more, eat healthier, start a meditation practice, read a book a week — and we are motivated!...

Choosing a Major

“What are you majoring in?” is the first question college students hear wherever they go. The major is the academic area that they focus on during college. Students take  courses of increasing difficulty and specialization in their major, sometimes culminating in a thesis or capstone project senior year. All schools, large and small, offer a wide range of majors. Majors may be very specific, with the goal of preparing students for a certain profession — for example, hospitality management, elementary education or aerospace engineering — or they may be more general, such as history, economics or biology. Choosing a major can feel...