Unlocking College Academic Success: 5 Key Strategies
Achieving academic success is always on the minds of college students.
Just study hard, do your work, and the grades will come… you can hear that hack in your sleep!
And once they arrive on campus, they find out quickly that their pathway to academic success will be more challenging than anticipated.
However, there are 5 key academic policy strategies that can help most students achieve their academic goals.
Although most students learn about these policies at New Student Orientation sessions, this information usually goes in one ear and out the other.
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5 Key Academic Policy Strategies that lead to Academic Success!
3. Course Withdrawal
4. Degree Audit
5. Information Literacy
Using these policies to your best advantage requires strategic planning on your part and regular consultation with your academic adviser. Having a second expert opinion – College Success Life -can also be very helpful.
Always keep in mind that these 5 key strategic policies differ from campus to campus.
The 5 Key Tools guide provides you with more student-related detail about each policy.
Not sure how you would use them?
Then check out the 5 Keys student examples to see if any of the experiences sound familiar.
Remember that the first 3 policies Add/Drop, Pass/Fail, and Course Withdrawal, have specific registration procedures and deadlines.
Contact your Registrar’s Office to learn about those specifics.
- First, meet with your academic adviser to discuss your individual degree audit. Ask questions, take notes, and revisit regularly during the semester for updates.
- And secondly, plan to collaborate regularly with your campus reference librarian. They are, by far, the best academic success resource on campus.
Originally published in January 2020, Dr. Lana W. Jackman recently updated this post to ensure the currency of the information provided and to make corresponding adjustments accordingly.
An Academic Pearl of Wisdom
Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.
However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.
Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.
And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know. Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.
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