University can be a big leap for students, as they are trying to balance the expectations from parents, professors, and even themselves. Start the discussion about grade expectations, extracurricular involvement, and work hours, now.
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Encourage your student to explore their options and keep an open mind as they discover their aptitudes and interests. It's also quite normal for students to change majors and programs during their first few undergraduate years as their interests change and their ambitions grow.
Let your student discover
Programs with a general first year of study give your student time to discover their aptitudes and interests. It’s also quite common (?) for students to change majors and programs during their degree. Encourage them to explore their options and keep an open mind.
Start with a schedule
A 40- to 60-hour "work week" is typical, as students can expect at least one to two hours of reading and assignments for every hour spent in lectures or labs.
Encourage your student to build study time and breaks into their schedule, maintain a manageable workload, stay on top of their assignments, and access the many services and supports that are available to them.