Academic Success Strategies

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates

There are concrete strategies you can use to earn better grades in your classes. Regardless of what your study habits have been in the past, new classes present new challenges and you need to use new strategies to overcome them.

Some key strategies are: 

  • Attend all classes, come prepared to class, and complete assignments on time. 
  • Balance major classes with GE & elective classes.
  • Exercise the 2:1 ratio for studying. Study at least two hours for every one hour that you are in class.
  • Meet with professors during their office hours.
  • Maintain regular contact with your advisor.
  • Add academic and class deadlines in your planner, Google calendar or Semester-on-a-page
  • Participate in weekly study groups and/or supplemental instruction (SI) classes.
  • Take advantage of free or low cost tutoring services provided by the Learning Center
  • Take advantage of CANVAS course tools such as tracking assignments, due dates, reminders and estimating your grades in classes.

Benefits of meeting with your academic advisor:

  • Get advice on how to update your current class schedule and build an academic success plan.
  • Develop strategies to build study habits and improve your GPA.
  • Learn about campus resources for tutoring, time management, study tips, etc.
  • Discuss options for exploring other majors, if you are undecided about your major or are not sure it is a good fit.
  • Have your hold removed before it is time to register for next semester's classes.
  • Learn about university and academic policies and procedures.
  • Define and develop your academic, professional, and personal goals.
  • Learn about engaging in career-related learning experiences, like volunteering and internships.