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Incoming Undergraduates & Families

Academic Success Tips

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It takes time to adjust to increased academic demands. Students may be surprised by the expectations and quantity of work required in college courses. Even the brightest and best high school student may find the adjustment to college academic expectations a challenge. As a parent or family member, you know your student’s strengths and limitations, and you are in the best position to encourage and support his or her positive behaviors.

What your Student can do to Achieve Academic Success

Go to Class

The semester goes by quickly and missing a class could mean missing something crucial.

Visit Professor's Office Hours

Our professors are here for your students, and student success is their priority. All faculty members make themselves available outside the classroom.

Utilize Academic and Faculty Advisors

Your student’s academic advisor is a resource for general education information, degree requirements and academic policies. The faculty advisor can provide more insight on a specific program and/or major. For students who enter undeclared, the Academic Advising Center will serve as their hub before they declare a major and are assigned a faculty advisor. Contact information for their advisor can be found here or by calling (714) 744-7959.

Get a Tutor

Tackle potential issues before grades start to fall by encouraging your student to visit the Tutoring, Learning and Testing Center.

Practice Study Habits

Establishing good study habits is important. There are many places on campus that provide effective learning space. Study groups with peers can also be effective and should be encouraged.


What Parents and Families Can Do

  • Listen to your student’s feelings about his or her classes and graded work.
  • Remember that students tend to mirror your level of anxiety. Calmness is contagious.
  • Empathize with your student’s anxiety about their workload.
  • Reassure your student that you know they are capable of handling their work.
  • Encourage your student to take advantage of professor’s office hours.