Attending university is a life-changing experience that will expand your student’s world and set
them up for a lifetime of success. It also represents a significant investment in terms of time, money, and effort, and as a result there can be a lot of pressure – from parents, from professors, and from students themselves. Therefore, it is important to have realistic expectations about things like grades, extra-curricular involvement, and work hours outside of school. We encourage parents and students to discuss these expectations as they begin their university journey.
Home Away from Home
For students who are moving away from home for the first time, the new-found independence that comes with university life can be a difficult adjustment for parents and students alike. For many students, especially those who have grown up in smaller communities, living in residence is a great way to meet fellow first-year students and access the services and supports that they need.
Workload and Time Management
Students at the University of Alberta are personally responsible for creating their own course schedules, attending classes regularly, managing their workloads, and completing their assignments on time. 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.
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 services and supports that are available to them.
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.
The University of Alberta is committed to student success. There are many student services and peer support
groups on campus, from tutoring and academic advising to health care and mental wellness. Learn More »