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PARENTS’ LEAGUE NEWSLETTER Fall 2013 Important Dates & Events Advising Corner Setbacks happen in all realms of life, but many students experience their first academic setbacks when they arrive at college and face academic and time management demands they’ve never faced before. Coping with setbacks is an important skill students can build during their undergraduate years and carry with them to their post-UT plans. When those first quizzes come back with Cs or Ds, help your student keep the following in mind: October 18 - 20 University of Texas Family Weekend October 19 Liberal Arts Family Weekend Breakfast & Open House November 5 Deadline Day: last day to drop or pass/fail classes or withdraw from the University November 28 - 29 Thanksgiving Holidays December 6 Last class day December 7 Liberal Arts Fall Commencement Ceremony Frank Erwin Center 3 p.m. December 11-17 Final exams December 18 Residence halls close For more event information, please visit the Liberal Arts website: Summer Cacciotti, Senior Academic Advisor 1. Don’t panic This might be the first C your student has seen, but it’s not the first his or her professor has seen. Students shouldn’t assume they are unable to meet the University’s academic standards based on one or two grades. 2. Take action The University is staffed with people who are here to help students. If their course material is confusing or their professors’ expectations are unclear, students should reach out to their professors early in the semester. The Sanger Learning Center offers group and one-on-one tutoring in many subjects. They also offer study skills training for students who need to build new study habits to replace what worked for them in high school. The Undergraduate Writing Center provides students individualized assistance for developing strategies to improve their writing skills. The Counseling and Mental Health Center is also there to provide support for students dealing with stress and anxiety. 3. Know your options and deadlines The University allows students to Q-drop classes and withdraw up to the mid-semester deadline. The one-time exception provides students one opportunity, over the course of their University career, to drop a single class or withdraw up through the last class day. Students who have tried using the resources at their disposal who are still struggling should talk to their academic advisors about appropriate steps to take in their current semester and plans for improving future semesters. Do you like receiving the Parents’ League Newsletter via email? Let us know! Send your responses to:

Parents' League Fall 2013

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