Let's face it - college can be a challenge. You're in a new environment, you have different demands on your time, and the expectations for "college level work" may be higher than you've experienced in the past. For example, you have fewer exams, with more material covered by each one, and more textbook reading to do. At the same time, you probably don’t have as much pressure from parents or teachers to get certain things done each day. With this in mind, it is not surprising that the academic strategies and skills that you once found successful may not be enough anymore. This website is designed to give you a thumbnail sketch of the academic resources available to you to address the challenges you may be experiencing.
You can rely on your academic advisor for information, assistance, and encouragement throughout your time at UAB. In general, he or she is available to:
- Help you examine your options for success the rest of the term
- Explore ways to improve your study habits in the course
- Connect you with any additional resources that may be needed
Advisors at UAB are focused on creating a relationship with students and helping them succeed. Click on the link above to find your advisor and start a relationship with him/her today!
English Resource Center
The English Resource Center is a free tutoring service at UAB for ANY student in ANY UAB class, not just for those in EH classes. You can set up an appointment with a tutor to review your rough draft, or review a graded paper, to discuss possible improvements you can make. They can also advise you about reading and studying textbooks, or writing personal statements for graduate school.
University Writing Center
The University Writing Center (UWC) is open to students and faculty for individual tutoring and instructional workshops. Resources available include computer stations, small group workrooms, a 40 seat flexible classroom, and laptops available for instructional use.
Math Learning Lab
The Math Learning Lab is located in Heritage Hall, and is available to all students enrolled in undergraduate math courses. There are over 200 computers available and tutors are on site during business hours.
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction offers free, regularly scheduled study sessions for students enrolled in challenging courses. Students meet two or three times each week throughout the semester with their SI Leaders, who have successfully completed the course. The leaders help students improve their understanding of course content and their grades.
To see the times and locations of SI sessions go to SI link above.
Peer Academic Coaching
Peer Academic Coaching matches interested students with a trained peer coach for guidance on how to effectively study for UAB courses. Each session is tailored to a student’s particular needs, but common topics addressed in a session may include knowing how to study, understanding your learning style, managing your time, reading effectively and taking notes, preparing for and taking tests, maximizing memory, setting goals and self-motivating, and using campus resources to get the academic results you desire. Students should bring class materials to the sessions to ensure you can implement new study techniques immediately.
Ask your advisor how you can sign up for Peer Academic Coaching or contact the UAB Office of Student Academic Success at 934-8184!
Disability Support Services (DSS)
UAB is committed to making its academic programs and services accessible to students with disabilities. UAB Disability Support Services (DSS) provides a broad array of services and technologies to make the UAB campus—and a UAB education—accessible for everyone. Qualified students with disabilities are protected from discrimination based on their disability, as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Online Student Success Resources
Written expressly with the UAB student in mind, the student success resources are self-paced academic skills modules that you can use to improve your skills in the following areas: note-taking, reading, time-management, memory, goal-setting and test-taking.
This helpful GPA calculator can help you predict your GPA each semester. You just need your number of credit hours and the grades you realistically expect to achieve. Consult your academic advisor with any questions.