If you're on this website, then it's likely that one of your instructors sent you a warning that you need additional help to be successful in his or her class. A warning is not a punishment. It is your opportunity to take action to address the issues that are preventing you from excelling academically.
Your first step should be to review the resources on this site to identify possible activities or sources that will meet your needs. You may see some overlap between the categories but it is important to recognize that problems are often multi-faceted and may require assistance from more than one source.
We recommend that you take the College Student Inventory, which will provide you with more specific information about your strengths and needs. The CSI is available to you through your academic advisor. For a complete list, click on the Advising Directory.
You may want to communicate with your instructor. He or she wants you to succeed and is your best resource for identifying the basis for the warning. Your syllabus will list office hours and contact information. Make an appointment with your instructor or stop by during office hours to discuss your situation. Professors who participate in Early Alert are available to meet with students who want to succeed.
Before your meeting, identify the issues you want to address, including:
- Where do I currently stand in the class?
- What can I do to perform better in class?
- What am I missing and how can I get caught up?
- Am I studying effectively for this class?
- What score do I need on future tests and assignments to raise my grade to an A, B, or C?
It would be a good idea to meet with your academic advisor, another outstanding resource person. Locate your advisor by using UAB's Advising Directory.
Prepare for this meeting by asking the following questions:
- Am I in the right class?
- What are my options for withdrawing from a class at this date?
- What campus resources exist that can help me improve my grade?
- Is this class essential for my prospective major?
- How can I set myself up for success in my classes in future semesters?
Best of luck in your academic pursuits.