Happy New Year! Now that you’ve had the holidays to relax, spend time with family and reflect on your first semester at university, it’s time to get back to work! Unfortunately, if you happen to be a first term students, you’re twice as likely to be find yourself on academic probation than other students. Academic probation is basically one step away from being kicked-out or blocked from further enrollment! Clearly, it’s not the place you want to be in as you ring in the new year. The good news is that a bad first term doesn’t have to be the end of your university journey. With the right study strategy and some hard work, most students are able to turn things around and go one to complete their degrees. Here are some tips to help you get back on track to achieving scholastic success!
1. Reflect on what happened last semester. This is sometimes a difficult thing to do, but you need to be honest with yourself and acknowledge what went wrong. Did you go out and party too much? Did you work too much? Are you not interested in what you’re studying? Do you have a problem writing papers and studying for exams? The first step is always the hardest. But, I find that spending some time to figure out the answer to these important questions can be the foundation for future success at university.
2. Seek help from academic advisors. Sometimes finding the answers to your problems is a team sport. You’re not always the most objective when it comes to acknowledging what you need to fix to become successful. If you didn’t bother talking to an academic advisor and other student services professionals like learning skills counsellors during your first term, then it’s time to start. Your academic advisor is likely to be one of the most consistent points of contact during your academic journey in university. They are highly trained professionals who can help you with the difficult task of coming up with a realistic study plan to get you off academic probation and succeed in school!
3. Stick with your plan and be persistent. Figuring out what went wrong and coming up with the solution is hard, but it’s also likely to be the be the easiest part of your turnaround. The hard part is being able to stick with your plan, especially during the middle of the term when you have all the pressures of midterms, papers and laboratory assignments all coming due at the same time! But remember that persistence is the 8th secret of success! So, stick with it, believe you can do it and keep focused!