Whether you are a student who is faring well with your courses and major or if you are a student who is struggling with your academics, there are College resources that will help determine the current pathway you are on and possible solutions to realign and sharpen your academic goals.
Making your own Self-Assessment
The first step to understanding areas that may be contributing to your current academic status is to conduct a thorough self-assessment. Please review the Self-Assessment Guide.
If you determine that there are deficiencies in your personal and/or academic skill sets, then begin thinking of what college resources are most appropriate to help you. Should you meet with your advisor? Should you contact the ARC or other college offices or departments? Below is a listing of campus resources and also academic productivity tools that will assist you.
Time Management Techniques
Time management is often overlooked by many students when analyzing their success (or failure) as a student. However, time management and organizational skills are fundamental and are often the first indicator of a successful (or unsuccessful) student.
Active Listening & Note-taking
Active listening goes beyond simply hearing a lecture. Instead, it involves purposeful engagement and processing of the information. Although it includes more effort up front, active listening and effective note taking can save you hours of time studying in the long run.
Whether reading for class or for pleasure, it is likely that you’ve read something only to discover 20 pages (and 20 minutes) later that you have no recollection of what you have just read. It happens to us all! Strategic reading requires a greater initial effort, but it will save you having to re-read 20 pages again! In addition, it provides a ready-made study guide when it is time to take a test. Below are some links related to strategic reading.
Effective studying begins long before you sit down to memorize the information just before a test. It starts with effective time management and proceeds on throughout the semester with effective listening and reading. Regardless, there are some general tips that can improve your chances of success.
After developing your time management, active listening, reading, and study skills, it's now time to take a test! Here are links of test-taking tips for you to review.
Additional Links and Resources