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Quiz for Parents of First-Year Students

As parents of new college students, we often aren't sure how best to help our students and what our level of involvement should be. Take this brief quiz for a little bit of insight!

1. Your student, who got decent grades in high school without developing very good study skills, calls in a panic to say that college is much harder than high school and that he/she doesn’t know how to cope. You should…

    A. Drop everything and drive to Grand View to help with his/ her classes.
    B. Drop everything and drive to Grand View to help your student pack.
    C. Remind your student that the Academic Enrichment Center has individual help and group workshops on a variety of learning strategies: time and stress-management, note-taking, textbook reading, test-taking, test anxiety, etc. Ask your student “ Have you made an appointment at the Academic Enrichment Center.

2. Your student calls to say he/she is completely lost in his/her math, foreign language, or English course (or any other course). You hear “I can’t understand the material, and I just KNOW I’m going to fail the first quiz.” You should …

    A. Remind your student that Grand View professors are very friendly and will be happy to answer questions about their classes. You ask “ Have you talked with your professor about this?”
    B. Remind your student that the Academic Enrichment Center has individual tutoring in almost every college course and encourage him/her to call for an appointment immediately (263-2971).
    C. Both A and B

3. Your student is struggling with college writing in freshman English and any other class. You should…

    A. Write that paper for him/her.
    B. Tell him/her that writing isn’t that important in the real world anyway.
    C. Remind your student that the Academic Enrichment Center provides individual help with writing from the planning stages through the final revision – to ensure that Grand View graduates are competent in this important college and life skill.

4. Your student receives his/her first midterm grades and is somewhat disappointed. Whether he/she got F’s and wants C’s or got B’s and wants A’s, you should…

    A. Remind your student that the Academic Enrichment Center helps students of all academic abilities, from students who are getting A’s to students who are in danger of failing a course.
    B. Remind your student that the Academic Enrichment Center resources are free.
    C. Remind your student that the Academic Enrichment Center is located in the Student Center and is open Monday through Friday.
    D. All of the above.

Dr. Kristine Owens
Director of Academic Enrichment and Disability Coordinator
Academic Enrichment Center
Student Center
515-263-2971


Answers: The answer to questions 1-3 is “C”, and the answer to question 4 “D.”
The answer is
THE ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CENTER.

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