Managing Academic Difficulties

Around now students may be receiving their first college grades on papers, exams and projects. Sometimes the results are disappointing. Even students who may have been at the top of their high school class may struggle a bit. Encourage your student to seek help if he or she feels overwhelmed.

Talk with Professors and Advisors

For many students, the best way to alleviate academic frustrations is to meet with their professors. Contacting professors and setting up appointments to discuss concerns can be proactive in helping students stay on track in their classes.

Likewise, academic advisors can help students with general issues, such as dropping courses, as well as with serious ones, including first-year Mid-Term Warnings about grades.

Visit the Learning Center and Writing Lab

BW's Learning Center offers free individual or small group assistance. Among the topics covered are:

  • Creating a study plan
  • Reading strategies
  • Test preparation and test-taking strategies
  • Organizing and managing time
  • Note taking

Other services offered by the Learning Center include individual tutoring, online tutoring and drop-in tutoring for math, biology, chemistry, math, physics, business and writing.

Students are encouraged to use the Learning Center services during times of challenge as well as for general use that includes boosting grades and seeking new study techniques.

The Writing Lab has professional tutors who can help you on a one-time or continuing basis. It offers free help in all aspects of writing.

Work with Other Students

Forming small study groups outside of class to review professor notes, discuss readings and prepare for exams is an effective way to build friendships and boost academics.

Get Organized

Because physical orderliness can carry over to academics, students should strive for organization. The BW Bookstore or an office supply store offers bins, desk supplies daily planners and more to help students get started.