Family Resources Here are a few suggestions for how to support your student during their time at Drexel: Family Weekend: If possible, attend Family Weekend. Parent and family support are key in the academic success of college students. Academics: It can be important for families to discuss and reinforce the importance of attending class regularly, reading before class, taking thorough notes, completing all class assignments, and participating in study groups. Resources: Encourage your student to ask for help and seek resources available on campus. The University has many free resources to support students, such as tutoring and academic coaching. A centralized list can be found through the Learning Alliance. Support: Talk about how your student's approach might have to change from class to class and quarter to quarter. For example, students might work with a writing tutor when they are required to write papers and perhaps seek out a peer tutor or attend TA review sessions when grades are based on exams. Time Management: Stress the importance of effective time management. You may want to encourage your student to use a planner or calendar (either electronic or on paper), put together to-do lists, and keep track of due dates for assignments and tasks that need to be accomplished. Balance: Discuss the importance of creating a balance between school work, part-time job, and social activities. As a student, their first priority should be school work, but it is important to build in social time, as well as time to relax and decompress. Moderation is key. Weekends: Your student may not be able to come home every weekend if they are living on campus. Even if it is only 5 or 10 miles away from home, they may not have the same amount of time to devote to family responsibilities as they did before. It is important to have a conversation about this early to set expectations. Patience: Be patient with yourselves and one another, especially since this is a learning experience for everyone (both you and your student). You will all be learning about this transition process together. FERPA: Students rights are protected through FERPA. Unlike high school, information about your student's progress is not shared. Calendars: Academic Calendars are available online so you can see important dates like when classes begin and end, commencement, and other University holidays.