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Parents are encouraged to discuss academic expectations with their students before school starts. This conversation should include a discussion about protecting themselves against potential accusations of academic misconduct. For example, students should save drafts of their original work and should not share personal information (such as passwords) or information about tests. 
The general expectation in college is that students study two hours for every hour in the classroom. To graduate in four years, most students will need to take a minimum of 15 credit hours a semester, which translates to 30 hours a week of work outside the classroom. And something to note - the GPAs of students who take at least 15 credit hours are typically higher than of those who take fewer credit hours.
Encourage your student do more than basic memorization. Most college exams will focus on applying, interpreting and evaluating the material from lectures, labs and/or textbooks.

There are many free academic resources available for students from the Academic Success Center (ASC), including:
Supplemental Instruction (SI): These are peer-led, informal study sessions for specific, foundational courses that are known to be rigorous.
Coaching and Consultations: The ASC provides students with one-on-one sessions with a peer (Peer Success Coaching program) or a professional staff member. These sessions can focus on study skills, time management, setting goals or other academic success topics.
Tutoring and Academic Support Resources:If your student wants additional support for a subject, there are a variety of support services available. While the ASC does not provide tutoring, the website can help students connect with the tutoring and help room resources offered on campus by departments and programs.

The resources available through the Academic Success Center are not the only resources available to your Boilermakers:
A student's academic advisor is another helpful resource in planning for courses, adjusting to college and more.
Professors and teaching assistants (TAs) have office hours to meet with students, discuss course content and answer questions. Encourage your student to reach out to their professors and get to know them. Beyond providing help with courses, these connections could lead to other opportunities - such as research or internships.
The Writing Lab offers free in-person and virtual tutoring consultation for all students working on class assignments and other kinds of writing, and students can find supplemental resources, examples, and YouTube videos on the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Research shows that using the Writing Lab has a positive effect on students' grades.
The most common violation of the Code of Student Conduct is related to academic misconduct. Issues such as cheating, plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration are considered serious infractions and can result in a student failing a course and additional university sanctions for a single offense.

Faculty often encourage and even expect collaboration and group work. However, sometimes collaboration is prohibited. If in doubt, students should review course material and ask questions to determine what level of group work is acceptable on a particular assignment or project.

Boiler Up!

Purdue Parent & Family Connections
June 11, 2019
Discussions to have with your student What are your student's expectations for his or her own academic performance? 

What are your expectations?

How will they manage their time as they transition from the structured environment of high school to the independence of college? 

What do they want your role to be in support of their academic success? 

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