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At this point in the year, students have finished about a third of their first-semester coursework, and have received grades on papers and tests. Often, these early grades are surprising, and sometimes disappointing, but students can use them as a gauge to help measure how they should approach the rest of the semester.

Common Stressors

Overwhelmed by time management pressures

Cannot seem to establish appropriate priorities

Mid-terms and mounting assignments are followed by feelings of failure and loss of self-esteem

Job panic for mid-year graduates sets in

The novelty is gone, and some begin to question whether UD is a good fit

Grief develops because of inadequate skills for finding a group or not being selected by one

Addictive behaviors may start to surface: eating disorders, alcohol/drug addiction, on-line social networking

Questions to Ask

Have you talked to your professor about how you could improve your grade?

What is a good amount of time to study for each class?

What kind of study materials and methods do you use?

Have you checked to see what kind of tutoring or study sessions are available?

Have you thought about which classes you want to take next semester?

Ways you can help

Take the opportunity during midterms to help your student refocus on school work.

Talk to your student about how classes are going. Inquire as to which ones he or she enjoys most; which classes are the most challenging; and how your student is dealing with the challenges.

Encourage your student to get involved in study groups and use the academic resources available on campus, like the Writing Center.

Encourage your student to visit his or her professors during office hours.

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