Many good students have difficulty with certain courses - for one reason or another. If you are experiencing difficulty in a particular course, or just need help balancing your academic commitments, the Office of Academic Services & Advising is available to help connect you to the resources you may need. In these circumstances, we often recommend taking the following initial steps:
- Make an appointment with your instructor to discuss your status in the course and make a plan to improve your performance.
- Make an appointment with the OAS&A to discuss the best way to address your concerns and find the assistance you need. The OAS&A will help connect you with the appropriate resources and can work with you to strengthen learning skills such as: motivation; goal-setting; time management; note-taking; reading for information; selecting main ideas; test preparation; and anxiety reduction.
- Reach out to the Center for Writing & Academic Achievement to see if they offer tutoring hours in your subject. If not, you can request an individual subject tutor.
- Assess what is going on outside the classroom. Your emotional and physical well-being has great bearing on your ability to succeed academically. More about counseling, health and wellness services.
Know the pro's, con's, and deadline of a withdrawal option. You can discuss taking this route with an advisor in the OAS&A.
Mid-semester assessments provide new students with an indication of their performance and the potential need for additional academic support at the mid-point of the semester. Faculty are required to give each first-year student and first-semester transfer student an assessment by the midpoint of the semester. Mid-semester assessments for all first-year students and first-semester transfer students in every course taken for credit must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office and represent the faculty member’s judgment regarding student performance up to the mid-point of the semester in three key areas: (1) attendance, (2) class participation, and (3) performance on any assessed course work (e.g., homework, quizzes, tests, presentations, etc.)." Mid-Semester Assessments are also required for any returning student that is performing at the C- level or below. Details on the college policy and assessment rubric are available in the Hill Book.
Personalized Academic Support
Academic Coaching is an intentional advising program that is tailored to meet the expectations of students that may be struggling to succeed or looking for additional ways to be challenged. Informed by a process of self reflection and assessment, this is a structured advising initiative that is intended to provide students with support and guidance that will be helpful in improving their performance. This program requires meeting with an Academic Advisor in the Office of Academic Services and Advising once a week for 8 weeks to review your progress and discuss strategies for success.
Applications of Learning Theory Course (APL 042)
The Applied Learning Theory class is a one-credit, study skills course designed for first-year students who are struggling with note-taking and exam preparation. The course covers the Cornell system of note-taking taught along with individual learning style assessment, exam strategies and SQ3R method of textbook reading. Learn how to break up large tasks and complex ideas into small understandable parts.
We strongly encourage each student to contact the Office of Academic Services & Advising directly at 508-565-1306 for more information on any of the programs outlined above.