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Aug 28, 2015 8:48 PM

A UNH prof provides advice to students and parents on college success


As a new class of students heads for college, a report from University of New Hampshire associate professor Paul Harvey provides some of the top reasons why students struggle and how to approach those challenges.

One of them is lack of interest in the subject. Parents may want to ask their children why they chose their major and ask them about what classes they enjoyed in the past.

Studying is also an issue in college. There is no magic formula for how long anyone should study. The key for students is to know when they have understood the concepts. That doesn't mean memorizing all the facts.

Students also benefit from looking at the big picture. For example, a student who takes a foreign language may ace a test but she should consider whether she can put together a sentence or ask for directions in the new language.

Grading in college also is different from high school. According to Harvey's report, many students get shocked by a B or C in college -- but students must be prepared to earn their grades in college. They are not given.

Finally, students should remember not to give up after one bad grade. Students can do better as the semester moves along. Parents can talk to their students about how they'll improve and grow.


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