Parents are an important factor in student success! We have dedicated this webpage to providing you with the tools you will need to help your student succeed at UW-Platteville.
- The Parent Connection is a newsletter providing specific monthly information for parents to help their student transition to his or her new role as a UW-Platteville student. Sign up for the newsletter.
- Family Weekend is a fun-filled event that brings you back to the UW-Platteville campus to reconnect with your student and create new memories.
- Campus Events is a calendar of what is happening on campus. Be sure to encourage your student to attend events and get involved in university activities.
- The UW-Platteville Center for the Arts provides a professional performing arts environment for students to engage with the arts through performances and classroom learning.
- Campus Transportation offers a free shuttle to all UW-Platteville students and makes several stops both on and off campus. Encourage your student to utilize this free method of transportation.
It may be hard to get comfortable with the uncomfortable college transition. The transition to college can be stressful for students as well as for parents and families as they learn how to support their student without guiding them every step of the way. The following tips may assist you during this transition.
The transition to college doesn’t just happen overnight. It can take up to two years for students to feel totally comfortable with college expectations and lifestyle. It is important to understand that your student will have many experiences, mostly good but some bad. You should prepare for the difficult, stressful situations so that you can offer support while your student works through these new experiences.
During the stressful periods of college, your student may call to complain about a particular problem or situation, hoping you, as the caretaker, will solve it. You should offer support and acknowledge that there is a problem, but try to refrain from providing a solution for your student.
Instead, try saying, “Wow, that sounds (difficult, hard, challenging, rough), let me know how it works out.” This will help your student to develop independence and the necessary problem-solving skills to become a resilient young adult. This will help your student to not always rely on you to come to the rescue when things get difficult, but rather to take control of issues as they arise.
If your student has a problem, complaint, or is really homesick and considering dropping out of college, acknowledge the problem and offer your support, but ask your student to wait 24 hours before deciding, to think about the issue and come up with a reasonable, well thought-out solution.
You can also adopt this tip: if your student calls with an issue, consider waiting 24 hours to see if your student solves the problem. If not, then offer some advice on people who can be contacted to get assistance with resolving the problem. You also can suggest that your student meet with an academic advisor, professor, counselor, or other university professional, as appropriate.
This is a federal law that prevents university employees from revealing student information to anyone other than the student to include grades, course rosters, and attendance. Your student will have the option of completing a form this year to allow others to have access to confidential information.
If your student receives a “D” or “F” on the first exam or paper in October, celebrate the fact that now your student knows what it feels like—and encourage him or her to make changes and find assistance on campus so it doesn’t happen again. Homesickness means you did a good job. Most students will experience homesickness at some point during the first year of college. There are several things you can do to assist your student during these times, including mailing a handwritten letter, baking and sending treats, or planning a weekend visit to campus.
Encourage your child to get involved and meet new people by joining a student organization, participating in campus activities, or holding a campus job. Creating strong relationships on campus will help reduce homesickness and provide study help, stress release, information, and future connections. Research has shown that students who become engaged in campus activities are more likely to succeed in college.
Our Academic Support Programs team members are happy to assist your student in making a smooth transition to college while also providing services to help your student achieve academic success. We offer services that include tutoring, academic advising, the Writing Center, and more.