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Tips for Families

How You Can Help Your Student Succeed?

Here are some tips on how you can help your new college student succeed at Miami Dade College.

Graduation1. Talk to your student about the fact that college means new freedoms but it also requires discipline. It’s important for a student to get off to a good start with his or her grade point average (GPA). Adjusting to college life can take some students more time than others. The first semester, and really, the first few weeks can be the most challenging. Encourage your student to seek help if needed and to make friends. We have found that getting involved and asking for help almost always translate into better student performance and retention.

2. Talk to your student about choosing a major. Ask questions. Does she want to go into business, fly an airplane, become a police officer, or go onto law school? Ask why she is choosing her major.  Does she know enough abut the kinds of courses needed and the types of careers (jobs) that major will lead to? Your student will have to make the final decision on her own, but you can help her become more informed by researching salary ranges for jobs and market demands for particular occupations.

3. Getting an education is about learning new things and challenging yourself to look at the world in a new light. But it’s also about making sure your student is acquiring the skills he will need to enter the job market. Encourage your student to develop strengths in computer skills, quantitative skills, and communication skills. If he can do this, then he can think about becoming proficient in a foreign language, marketing, and leadership skills.

4. Advise your student to always look ahead. No matter what your student plans to do after Miami Dade, the important part is to have a plan. Students aspiring to go on to four-year degrees and beyond should become familiar with Miami Dade’s outstanding articulation agreements that guarantee admission.

5. Ask for help. Students should begin using their campus’s Career Services office in their freshman year. They should reach out to their advisors and any other support service they believe will help them succeed. Miami Dade has a wide variety of offices dedicated to providing individual career counseling/advising, career planning workshops, and internship assistance.

Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or genetic information. Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs/ADA Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for information.