The following are only a few pieces of advice, which cover some of the broader areas students tend to struggle with. This web page should not substitute for regular consultation with a trusted mentor. Please use this information to get started, and to serve as starting points for conversations you should be having with advisors or faculty members.
Realistically consider your skills. What skills need developing? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Many students find that they struggle with broader life-management issues such as time management. Others struggle in particular academic areas such as writing or studying. We have resources and professionals that focus on helping you in all of these areas. Know that you are not alone, and that qualified, committed support exists to help you , and others, who face similar challenges:
Various campus offices have a series of workshops available to you to develop skills that will be valuable to you in long term planning.
We've developed a number of planning materials that may be of value to you when visualizing your study plan, and developing a time-management plan.
We have a variety of campus resources available to you. It should be noted that the University does not require you to take part in any of our co-curricular advising and developmental opportunities. You are required to be an active University participant, and and commit to working with us in a sustained manner. That said, our doors are always open, and we are committed to helping you through your period of academic struggle. In order to best proceed, you should visit with trusted advisors, faculty members, counselors and mentors frequently. Only through a sustained, collaborative relationship will we acquire the depth of knowledge and understanding we need to serve you. And only through a sustained relationship will you acquire the level of trust and consideration that will make us most helpful to you.
You are also advised to stick with it. Often, regaining positive momentum and taking corrective action requires time and commitment. You should give yourself, and your trusted mentors time to develop a plan and put it into effect. Also, be sure to maintain positive relationships once the tide starts to turn. It's important to have a sounding board and trusted mentor to help you monitor your progress and stay on track.
You should feel free to speak with an academic advisor, or trusted faculty member about your specific situation, and your personal concerns about your academic success. If there are particular resources you feel you need, or if you have a particular topic, skill or general area that you are struggling with, please make an appointment with us, or your faculty member or departmental advisor. We are all equipped to refer you to appropriate campus resources and work collaboratively with you to help you reach your academic goals.
Last Updated: 1/18/12