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ENHANCING YOUR ACADEMIC
PERFORMANCE
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO
ATTEND COLLEGE?
Reflect on these things so you can do
something about it…….
I chose to attend college because:
What do you plan to do with your college degree
after you graduate?
What kind of academic/personal concerns do you
have about attending college?
Typically, it is much easier to achieve your goal
when you know why you want to accomplish it
TIME MANAGEMENT/BALANCE
ACTIVITIY
Credit Hours of Class
TIME NEEDED PER
WEEK
15.5 hours
Study Hours (2 hours for
(15.5 x 2)= 31.00 hours
every hour spent in class)
Sleep (7 days x 8 hours/night) 56 hours (40% of college
students do not get a reasonable
amount of sleep each night)
Meals
(.30 x 21.00)= 6.30 hours
Total hours you
need:__155_____
Practice/Work/Meetings
20 hours
Extra Hours:__13___
Shower/Getting Ready in the
AM or PM
Commute/Walking Time
7 hours
Family/Phone Time
2 hours
Internet Surfing Time
3 hours
Time with Friends
8 hours
Other
5 hours
1 hour
Number of hours in a
week_168
Reflect on these things and
then you can do something
about it
adapted from:
http://www.housing.sc.edu/ace/pdf/ASR/
AcademicBalanceWorksheet.pdf
WHAT IS YOUR LEARNING STYLE
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VISUAL (SIGHT)
Reflect on these things then you
You like to see what you are learning (photographic memory) can do something about it
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Pictures, images, graphs, and/or colors help you understand ideas or organize information better
than an explanation (i.e., lecturers use gestures/picturesque language)
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AURAL
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Prefer a spoken message
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May need to hear your own voice to process information
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READ/WRITE (most dominant in college level course)
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Prefer reading and writing (taking notes, organizing materials on paper or computer)
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KINESTHETIC
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Tactile learner (you want to touch/experience what you are learning, “hands-on” learner)
Go to www.vark-learn.com to discover your learning style(s)
HOW DO YOU STUDY?
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Become familiar with your personal study habits
•
How can you improve your study habits?
Reflect on these things
and then you can do
something about it
How do you currently study?
(i.e., alone, in a group, with a friend/classmate, in my room/library, quite setting):
Introverts- usually study by themselves (no distractions)
Extraverts- usually study with others/with music (distractions can be a problem)
What is your ideal study environment?
What are your biggest challenges when you study?
Do you study better in the morning, afternoon, or evening?
LASSI
(LEARNING AND STUDY STRATEGY
INVENTORY)
SCALE
SCORE
If applicable, explain why this scale/strategy is weakness for
you
ANX: ANXIETY
ATT: ATTITUDE
CON: CONCENTRATION
INP: INFORMATION
PROCESSING
MOT: MOTIVATION
SFT: SELF-TESTING
Organizes your responses
into categories that have
been shown to contribute
to academic success
SMI: SELECTING MAIN
IDEAS
STA: STUDY-AIDS
TMT: TIME MANAGMENT
TST: TEST STRATEGIES
Feel free to stop by the Student
Success Center to take this
inventory
FACTORS THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO
POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
•
Alcohol (all research supports that the more you drink alcohol, the lower your GPA will be)
• Drugs
Reflect on these things
• Unhappy with Academic Major
and then you can do
• Academically Underprepared
something about it
• Difficulties with a Professor
• Failing to Attend Class
• Family Crisis
• First Generation College Student
• Homesickness
• Illness
• Learning Disability- not utilizing services such as the NOEL program
• Over Involvement In Activities
• Poor Time Management Skills
• Relationship Problems
• Roommate Problems
• Taking Too Many Credit Hours
• Working Too Many Hours
• Financial Concerns
CREATE YOUR PERSONAL
ACADEMIC SUPPORT NETWORK
Do you have an encouraging Academic Support Network?
(i.e., family, friends, classmates, employer, professor,
staff member, advisor )
Who is (or will be) a part of your academic support
network?
Reflect on these things
and then you can do
something about it
REFLECT ON YOUR ACADEMIC
SUCCESS
Course/Grade
Chemistry/A
Reflect on these things
and then you can do
something about it
Factors that contributed to
my success
Strategies I used in this
course that I should use
again
*Studied with a group of
*Talked with professor about
friends three times a week (each questions I had in class
session was 1 hour)
*Went over completed
*Rarely missed class
assignments with the professor
*Compared class notes with
*Reviewed my notes daily (30
Anna
minutes a day)
*Enjoyed the class material
*Made meaning of information
*Exercised routinely
rather than memorizing
*Established healthy eating
information
habits
*Rewarded myself with a
snickers bar and a cola after I
studied
HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE?
Course/Grade
History/C
Reflect on these things
and then you can do
something about it
Factors that contributed to the
lower grade
What I could have done to
improve my grade
• Did not take adequate class notes
(were not organized or
meaningful)
• Did not pay attention during class
(not getting enough sleep)
• Did not go over returned exams
• Did not understand material in
text book, and I did not ask
questions about the material
• Went over completed exams with
Professor
• Highlighted information I didn’t
understand, talked with professor
about these areas
• Rearranged my study
environment
• Sat in the front of the classroom
• Established a better sleeping
pattern
SETTING ACADEMIC GOALS
Course
History 101
Reflect on these
things and then you
can do something
about it
Realistic grade I hope to earn
Specific study skills I will need
in this class
B
Keep a time tracker/use
phone to organize
assignment due dates
Resources on campus to help
me with this class
Peer Tutoring
Professor Office Hours
Take organized notesWriting Center
have the professor review
my class notes
Ask the professor for
practice test questions
Review class text or
notes 30 minutes a day
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
CALCULATOR
What GPA do you hope to achieve this semester? ________________________
http://gardner-webb.edu/academics/academic-services/registrar/registration-records/gpa-calculator/index.html
DEVELOP YOUR FOUR YEAR PLAN
KNOW GARDNER-WEBB
ACADEMIC POLICIES
• Institutional Attendance Policy
• Academic Probation/Suspension
• Adding or Dropping Courses
• Academic Calendar
• Withdrawing from a Single Course
• Withdrawing from Gardner-Webb
University
FACTORS IN SUCCESSFUL
STUDENT LEARNING
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Motivation: do you have academic/personal goals, direction, and interest?
Self-Concept: do you have confidence in your ability to succeed?
Habits: do you have the skills/behaviors necessary for academic/personal
success? (i.e., involvement in class-asking questions is an important factor)
Personal Style: do you know your learning style, your academic
strengths/weaknesses, how you study best?
Balance: do you maintain levels of physical, intellectual, social, emotional and
mental behavior?
Support: do you have a family/social network? Are you utilizing campus
resources?
Stability of Mood: are you able to control anxiety, depression, and/or
frustration while enhancing relaxation? How are you able to deal with stress?
This is the most significant variable in how you will perform while you are in school.
HOW YOU MANAGE THESE KINDS OF DIMENSIONS WILL
REFLECT YOUR GRADE POINT AVERAGE
SELF-EFFICACY
“The feeling or belief that you can do the work.”
This is a very predictable factor in student success
1. You must have self-efficacy to perform well
2. If you don’t believe in yourself, you will underperform
3. Being overconfident can be a problem
4. Freshmen tend to have high self-efficacy, but their study habits and
behaviors are incongruent
5. As students mature, typically by their senior year, they are more certain
about themselves
STUDENT SUCCESS
• Early Warning Reports
Fall- Mid September
Spring- Mid February
• Mid-Term Reports
Fall- End of October
Spring- End of March
• Absences
University Policy- Must attend 75% of classes
MWF (cannot miss more than 11 classes)
TR (cannot miss more than 7 classes)
Professor can set a more stringent attendance policy
@F- what does this mean?
ACADEMIC PROBATION
You are placed on Academic Probation when your Gardner-Webb Grade Point
Average falls below the minimum standards listed below:
Freshmen 0 to 29 hours- 1.5
Sophomores 30 to 59 hours- 1.7
Juniors 60 to 89 hours- 1.9
Seniors 90 hours and above- 2.0
During the Probationary Semester:
You cannot register for more than 15.5 hours
You must achieve the minimum required cumulative grade point average to be removed
from Academic Probation
You must achieve the minimum required semester grade point average to avoid
Academic Suspension
ACADEMIC SUSPENSION
Academic Suspension
While on Academic Probation , if you do not meet the required minimum grade point average at
the end of the semester, you will be Academically Suspended
Freshmen 0 to 29 hours- 1.5
Sophomores 30 to 59 hours- 1.7
Juniors 60 to 89 hours- 1.9
Seniors 90 hours and above- 2.0
First Academic Suspension:
Cannot register for GWU classes during the semester of suspension
Transfer credit cannot be used to improve your academic standing
Reapply for admission- if approved, return on academic probation
Second Academic Suspension
Cannot register for GWU classes for two semesters
Transfer credit cannot be used to improve your academic standing
Must reapply for admission- if approved, return on probation
REPEATING COURSES
Gardner Webb allows six repeats for courses in which you earned a D or F
Repeated courses must be taken at GWU
Should I repeat a course where I received an F or a D?
Contact your Academic Advisor
Generally speaking, you should repeat a course in which you have received a failing grade
How soon should I repeat a course?
You don't gain anything by postponing the inevitable
All the material you remember from the first time should help you do better the second time
GARDNER- WEBB UNIVERSITY
ON-CAMPUS RESOURCES
Professor Office Hours
Ask questions that may not have been answered in class
You can use the time to review tests and quizzes with the professor
Communicating regularly about your academic work can help you identify and address
problems before they become insurmountable
Building a relationship with your professor can help ease class anxiety
Academic Advisor
(Log into the Web Connect portal to get this information)
Register for classes
Review your four year plan
Student Success Center (Academic Advising)
(http://www.gardner-webb.edu/academics/academic-development/undergraduateadvising/index.html)
Location: 3rd floor- Tucker Student Center
Phone: (704) 406-4563
RESOURCES
Career Services
(http://gardner-webb.edu/student-life/student-services/career-services/index.html)
Location: 3rd floor-Tucker Student Center
Phone: (704) 406-2170
Counseling Center
(http://gardner-webb.edu/student-life/student-services/counseling-services/index.html)
Location: 3rd floor-Tucker Student Center
Phone: (704) 406-4563
Noel Program/Disability Services
(http://gardner-webb.edu/student-life/student-services/counseling-services/index.html)
Location: Frank Nanney Hall (behind Craig Hall (English Building))
Phone: (704) 406-4270
RESOURCES
Peer Tutoring/LEAP
(http://gardner-webb.edu/academics/academic-development/learning-enrichment-and-assistanceprogram/index.html)
Location: 3rd floor- Tucker Student Center
Phone: (704) 406-4390
E-mail: [email protected]
Writing Center
(http://gardner-webb.edu/academics/academic-development/writing-center/index.html)
Location: 2nd floor-Tucker Student Center
Phone: (704) 406-4393
E-mail: [email protected]
Campus Ministries/Pastoral Care Counselor
(http://www.gardner-webb.edu/student-life/christian-life-and-service/pastoral-care/index.html)
Location: 2nd floor- Tucker Student Center
Phone: (704) 406-2176
Library
(http://www.gardner-webb.edu/library/index-2.html)
Location: in front of the Suttle Wellness Center
Phone: (704) 406-4298
READINESS TO CHANGE
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A CHANGE?
QUESTIONS?
Contact Meredith Garrett
704-406-4396
[email protected]
Student Success Center within the Tucker Student Center (3 rd floor)

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