Six Signs of Academic Difficulty and How to Fix Them
If any of the following descriptions fit you, then you are having difficulty that needs to be addressed promptly:
- I don't understand the syllabus.
- I can't keep up with the reading assignments.
- I don't get the connection between the lecture and the textbook readings.
- I get low or failing grades on quizzes, tests or writing assignments.
- I don't consistently complete assignments on time, because I don't know what to do or how to get started.
- I feel lost and confused about the subject matter.
- Be honest with yourself about whether you are spending enough time studying for the class, and about how you are studying (with lots of distractions? poor attitude? skimming the material?).
- Set goals and develop plans to ensure enough study time.
- Figure out what you do and do not understand about the subject.
- Familiarize yourself with the Academic Success Center as a source for tutors, Supplemental Instruction sessions, and workshops in study skills, notetaking, test-taking, etc.
- Locate a productive place to study, (eg., the Undergraduate Library).
- Ask the professor for tips and strategies to help you understand the material.
- Make use of the resources offered in the Academic Success Center