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Struggling in Class? Check out These Student Resources

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No matter what program you’re in, you’ll likely run into a class that challenges you in ways like no other.  For some students it’s math and for others it’s economics. Whatever the class is, you don’t have to get through it alone or feel discouraged! It’s important to remember that progress is more important than perfection. If you find yourself struggling, try utilizing these tips and tricks!

Reevaluate Your Time Management Skills

Have you established a routine?  If not, grab a piece of paper and write down what you do every day from the time that you wake up to the time you go to sleep. Then find blocks of open time in which you can schedule your studies. Write down key deadlines each week.  Whether you choose a wall calendar, student planner, or online app, write down major deadlines in a place where you can see them. If you choose a mobile app, like iPhone Reminders, be sure to set an alert at least a week in advance.  Breaking the work up into 1-2 hour chunks a day will help things feel more manageable!

Reach out to Your Instructor

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your instructors (from your student email) to let them know you are having difficulty with the course content.  They can offer additional resources, encouragement and advice to help you succeed.  Don’t be shy about asking for help; your instructors want to see you succeed! 

Search Concepts on YouTube

There are thousands of helpful videos on YouTube! If you are struggling with a specific topic, try to watch a couple YouTube videos to help you better understand complex topics.  Everyone has different learning styles, so hearing and seeing the concept broken down in different ways can make things more understandable.

Get a FREE Tutor through SmartThinking!

Did you know Bryant & Stratton offers free tutoring?  You can connect with a one-on-one tutor to schedule appointments or you can use the “drop in session” to ask a specific question or two. You will also have a number of options for feedback and help using the Writing Center, Study Aids and Support tabs. You can also review your previous sessions and submissions. Here are some tutorial videos for Smartthinking.

Make an Appointment with Your Advisor

Your Advisor is here to help you reach your educational goals, so it’s important to build a relationship with him or her!  They remember what it was like being a student juggling life, work, family and college, so they can empathize and help guide you to success. They are always available to discuss time management and organization strategies, to help you formulate a plan to complete your work, and to challenge you to hold yourself accountable.

While juggling work and family on top of schooling, it is important  to designate specific days and times for your studies and utilizing additional resources. We are here to help you in anyway we can, which includes making sure you can get the support you need to be successful!  It’s important to find what stratagies work for you, so give these a try if you find yourself struggling or falling a little behind.


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