As a parent of a College student, you are in a unique position to witness the transformative experience of a Marianopolis education. College is an important time of transition and growth for students and parents alike. On this page, you will find information about some common areas of concern to parents.
Communicating with the College
If a student is age 18 or older, or has not provided the College with written authorization, it is not legally possible to advise parents of any personal or academic information, including grades, attendance, etc. The College takes the same approach for students under 18 as well. Every Marianopolis student is considered a young adult responsible for all aspects of their academic life.
If concerns arise, the College reaches out to the student to provide support and options. While the College is unable to give parents information directly, appointments can be made where both the parent(s) and student are present so that any issues of concern can be discussed. Inquiries should be addressed to the Office of the Academic Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org, not to individual teachers.
This is one of the many differences that parents experience between high school and college. It is also one of the reasons why each September, the College holds a Parent Information Evening to help parents of first-semester students support their child in the transition from high school to college.
Fostering your child’s success
Adapting to college life during the first semester can be a challenge for many students: the pace is quicker, the expectations are higher, and as they soon discover, with more independence comes greater responsibility. Here are some good habits that you can encourage in your your child to help them make the most of their college experience:
Embracing new challenges. Academic expectations are greater in college than in high school. However, many incoming students believe they will be able to achieve the same grades they received in high school while maintaining the same study habits. It is important to reinforce just how unrealistic this is. College students are expected to produce a higher quality of work and to cope with a larger volume of material that is also more challenging. This is what makes college such an exciting time! Students will discover a wide range of subjects, some of which they never even knew existed, they will expand their understanding of the world and of themselves, start to question their assumptions and have their viewpoints challenged. This is fundamental to the concept of higher education. They should leave college with new ideas and interests, enhanced curiosity about the world, a greater appreciation of diversity and a more developed sense of who they are.
Managing time effectively. Students typically take 6-8 courses per semester and most are between 3 and 5 hours per week. Students are advised to study, prepare for class and work on assignments for about as many hours outside of class as they spend in class. In other words, being a college student is equivalent to having a full-time job, so good time-management is key. Most students will have breaks in their class schedule, which range from 30 minutes to several hours. Significant breaks during the school day are a perfect time to study, instead of waiting until they get home. There are several places to study on campus, including the Library and various dedicated quiet study rooms.
Reading each course outline. The course outline or syllabus acts as a contract of sorts, outlining all the rules and regulations for the course. Namely, what the course is about and what students can expect to learn; how their learning will be evaluated, i.e. a list of the assignments and tests; and any rules that are specific to the course, such as attendance or the use of mobile devices. Students are advised to record all their due dates from each course outline into their agenda so as to stay on top of deadlines.
Coming to class prepared. Before each class, students should complete all their readings and review any information posted by the teacher in advance via Omnivox. They should take notes on these readings, including any questions they have. Most new college students are not accustomed to doing any of this and they are even less accustomed to doing it on their own without reminders or supervision. But once they begin to make it a habit to prepare adequately for class, they will find it much easier to keep up with their workload throughout the semester.
Checking Omnivox frequently. This is the web-based platform and mobile app that the College uses to communicate with students and that students use to communicate with teachers, staff and each other. Omnivox is where they will find their course outlines, class schedule, key dates, important messages, grades, R-Score and more. Students should make a habit of checking Omnivox at least once a day.
Taking advantage of the many resources at their disposal. Students should not hesitate to make use of their teachers’ office hours. All teachers are available outside class for several hours each week to see students individually on a drop-in basis or by appointment. The same goes for all our support services. Recognizing their own strengths and weaknesses and learning how to ask for help are important skills for college students to develop. Getting involved in the College’s many clubs and enriching activities also provides a rich source of learning, work-life balance and fun!
Accessing student support services
Marianopolis students have a plethora of support services to help them reach their potential and almost all of them are free. They can book appointments with Academic Advisors to discuss current or university studies; explore career choices or personal issues with Counsellors; get support in English or French literacy from the Writing Centre; find a peer tutor for help with coursework at the Learning Resources Centre; boost their research and citation skills thanks to Librarians; discuss tuition-relief options with Financial Aid, and more. All of these services are centrally located on campus and easily accessible each school day. It is up to students to seek out these resources and ask for help.
Giving back to Marianopolis
With about one in five Marianopolis students receiving financial aid, the College welcomes parent donations of any amount to The Marianopolis Millennium Foundation. The College’s Board of Governors also keeps a candidate pool of potential governors, including parents. A parent may be invited to join the Board when a vacancy arises and when their particular area of professional expertise is needed.