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Success Strategies for Students in Academic Difficulty

At the Transfer and Advisement Center we offer Student Academic Success (SAS) Seminars For students in academic difficulty (GPA below 2.0). Contact the center at (910) 672-2286 for more information.

Academic Success Strategies
  • Utilize academic resources on campus –
    Get familiar with the library, labs, tutors, videos, computer programs, and alternate texts. Get to know your professors and advisors. When in academic difficulty these can be your greatest allies.
Time Management
  • Make a prioritized “To Do” List every day (check off each accomplishment)
  • Determine when you do your BEST work and schedule your study time then (you will work more efficiently this way)
  • Attend Class regularly and on time
  • Keep things in perspective…make sure your goals are realistic!
  • Always get a good night’s sleep  
  • Know what is expected and take notes even if you know the routine stuff
  • Go to class prepared with at least two pens, two pencils, and plenty of paper
  • Listen carefully and understand the discussed topic
  • Make eye contact with the instructor
  • Listen and watch for clues from instructor
  • Review your notes every day
  • Test-preparation
  • Find out what type of exams are given early in the course (check the syllabus or ask the instructor)
  • Pay special attention to things the instructor says will be on the test
  • Review your notes every day
  • Make sure your notes are correct and clear, prior to studying
  • Use old midterm and final exam from previous semesters as a study guide (may be on file at the library)

Find 1 or 2 students in each class to study with - Studies show that students who study with someone usually make higher grades. Studying with a group helps you to organize your thoughts and test your understanding with people who have an understanding of the material.


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