Strategies for getting off probation
You should schedule classes for your next term with a specific strategy in mind. Your primary goal is to earn the highest grades possible to raise your GPA in order to get off probation.
Consider these suggestions:
- Repeat courses you either failed or made a “D” in order to improve your GPA.
- Reduce the number of credit hours you are taking next term. University Division probation students are limited to 12-13 credit hours.
- Enroll in courses in which you know you can succeed. Every student has areas of strength. Know which are yours and take advantage of them.
- Make sure that the major you are pursuing is consistent with your own skills and abilities.
- Get help! USI has numerous services to help students who ask. The following are offices which might provide services you need:
- Academic Skills (ED 1111) offers free subject -based tutoring, Success Series Workshops and a Writing Lab. They also offer a graded one-credit course, GENS105: College Study Strategies.
- University Division Advising (ED 1142) meet with an advisor to assess what went wrong in your previous semester and develop a plan for success for your current term.
- Career Counseling Center (OC1005) offers interest inventories and personality indicators to help you select a major and/or career path that is right for you.
- Meet with your instructors/professors on a regular basis. They are a vital resource to help you understand course material and develop effective study habits. This could be a first step when you are having difficulty in a course.
- Attend classes regularly and be on time.
- Study! You are expected to study a minimum of 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class. 13 credits hours per week X 2 study hours per credit = 26 hours of studying outside of class.
- Monitor your work hours. Full-time students should work no more than 20 hours a week, and University Division advisors recommend working no more than 10 to 15 hours per week, while on probation. Remember, being a full-time student should be considered a full-time job.
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