Parents: How You Can Help
- Encourage Your Adult Children to Seek Out Support Services
- Promote Independence
- Support the Development of Time Management Skills
- Ask Your Son or Daughter About Their Experiences
- Be Aware of Our Policy Regarding Confidentiality
Each year many Western students access Learning Skills Services. We provide a number of important services that can help your daughter or son have the best student experience. For detailed information on our service and how best to deal with some common learning issues click here.
Students need to take responsibility for their learning. This does not mean doing everything on their own. Independent students are able to assess when they can benefit from support services and know how to find and ask for help. Encourage your son or daughter to become their own best advocate by learning about the different student services at Western and making good use of them.
Students will receive a course outline detailing important contact information, due dates, and course expectations. They should keep this outline handy for easy reference; it's their responsibility to keep track of weekly readings, due dates, and upcoming tests. Encourage your daughter or son to note due dates on a calendar and to use a dayplanner to organize activities through the week. For more information on managing time click here.
Check-in regularly with your son or daughter to find out how they're doing, especially in first year. Many students find the transition from a guided approach in high school to more independent learning in university challenging. Remind them that while change can be stressful, they're not alone: academic and personal help exist in Western's Student Development Centre.
All information disclosed by students to staff in the Student Development Centre is confidential. It will not be shared with family, university staff, course instructors, or others without students' written permission and will not become part of academic records. Rather than contacting us on your daughter or sons behalf, encourage her or him to contact us directly with questions or concerns.
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Information disclosed by students to SDC's Learning Skills Counsellors is confidential. It will not be shared with family, faculty, staff or others without written consent and will not become part of academic records.