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- Get to know your instructors. Your professors are incredible resources. Don't miss the opportunity to talk to your professor and teaching assistants about your class. Stop by office hours or schedule an appointment if you have specific questions. The more comfortable you are approaching your instructors, the easier it will be to ask questions.
- Meet with your academic advisor. All students have an academic advisor who is available to talk about a variety of issues.
- Use UND tutoring services. Use the Drop-In Tutor Lab or other UND tutoring services. We also recommend trying an online tutor called Smarthinking (available through Blackboard on the Services tab).
- Get help with study skills. Call 701.777.2117 to make an appointment with a Learning Specialist. Together, you'll discuss your individual needs for academic assistance.
- Attend class...Attend class...Attend class. This may seem obvious, but the perils of not attending class cannot be understated.
- Use campus resources. Many places on campus will help you. There are general academic support services and tutoring. For personal concerns or help with stress, mood, or relationships, check out the Counseling Center. Make use of available software at UND such as Read&Write, which helps students with reading, writing, and research tasks.
- Know your syllabus. Remember that this is your road map for the course. It will tell you what you need to do and when you need to do it - refer to it often so you know you are staying on track.
- Communication is key. Talk regularly with your professors about your course assignments and performance. Developing a good relationship with your profs helps your learning and can prove extremely useful if you ever run into serious difficulty.
- Handle your time or it will handle you. College students struggle the most with time management skills. Start each semester off right by reading all your course syllabi and mapping out your busy weeks. Utilize calendars, planners, and task lists to stay on track. If you need help, contact Academic Support to visit with a Learning Specialist.
- Take your health seriously. Your brain will not function to your full potential when you are hungry, tense, or tired. It is crucial to eat well, exercise, and get adequate sleep. How much you sleep, what you eat, whether you exercise, and how well you deal with stress will affect your college success.