FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions about students and the issues they face in college:

Why Do Students Have Problems In College?

There can be many possible reasons that students have problems in college. The environment is very different from high school, and doing well in the secondary education system is no guarantee of doing well in the higher education system. Many choose the wrong college for the wrong reasons, pick majors that merely sound good but are more work than they want, or they may lack skills. Usually it’s a combination of factors that lead a student to do poorly in college.

What Are The Most Common Problems That College Students Encounter?

Poor college choice is a leading factor, students may pick a school based on where their friends are attending, or for shallow reasons like because of a sports team. Students who never learned how to study, manage their time, or how to handle large workloads can often find themselves in trouble with even basic majors in college. Some students have problems with the social environment, they can feel alienated at large colleges like being “alone in a crowd.” Other students can see a magnification of existing issues once in college, such as avoidance, anxiety, depression, and what was simple procrastination can become much worse in the unstructured college environment. All students are different, so there are many possibilities about what problems they can have.

What Are The Reasons For The Problems?

There is no single reason why students have problems in college. College success is multi-factorial in nature, and if any of these key factors are not working for the student it can show up in their grades. The underlying reasons can be many, and are often individualized to a student. In high school they may have been applauded for being a good writer, but in college a Professor may give them low marks because they don’t actually answer the assignment question. They may have earned good grades by just studying their class notes or relying on their good memory during high school, then are at a disadvantage when they need to study and learn large volumes of information in college. Each student’s situation is unique, and there is no one real reason for why students have problems in college. College success is multi-factorial in nature, and if any of the key factors are not working, the result usually shows up in their grades.

What Can Be Done To Help Students Be Successful?

Effective professional intervention can help students to regain their college pathway, but it must be comprehensive intervention that addresses all of the relevant issues, whether they’re academic, interpersonal, or others. Students may need to make progress on different fronts, such as earning good grades, examining whether they are at the right college for them, and considering options for majors. For college, students will also need intervention that addresses multiple areas such as higher education academics, advising, organization, the impact of disabilities, and that will also identify what learning skills that they need. Without good grades, no student will be able to remain in at their school or anywhere in the higher education system, which means that they cannot reach graduation. Problems will need to be identified and addressed so that they can ultimately be successful.

How Does Jeff Help Students?

Jeff has been implementing a higher education intervention program since 2007, and he has helped students to be successful and reach graduation at many schools in the U.S. Effective intervention must be individualized, and his program addresses many aspects such as the need for diagnostic assessments, academic coaching, executive function coaching, psychotherapy, academic accommodations, and other elements that have proven key to helping students.

For more information please see the program page, or use the contact form to reach Jeff.