University is a life-changing experience that will expand your student's horizons and set them up for a lifetime of success. It also represents a significant investment in terms of time, money, and effort. As a result, there can be a lot of pressure – from parents, from professors, and from students themselves. Be sure to mutually discuss expectations about grades, extra-curricular involvement, and work hours outside of school, beginning as early as high school.
Workload and Time Management
At times, this can seem overwhelming – especially in first year. Encourage your student to build study time (and breaks) into their schedule, maintain a manageable workload, stay on top of their assignments, and access the many services and supports that are available to them.
A weekly timetable typically involves 15 hours of lecture time per week, plus labs for some courses. And for every hour spent in class, students can count on at least one to two hours of reading and assignments. As a result, a 40-to-60-hour “work week” is typical.
Students at the University of Alberta are treated as adults (even if they are under 18), and as such, they are accountable for their own educational experiences. This includes attending classes regularly, handing in assignments on time, studying for exams, and seeking advice and support as required. We encourage you to give your student the space they need to take full responsibility for all aspects of their education. Be supportive and empower them to figure things out for themselves.
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