Transitioning into college classes can be tough. On top of
the material being complex and challenging, you have to balance your schoolwork
with your other responsibilities. If you find that you’re having some trouble
in one or more of your classes, don’t worry—you’re not alone.
There are a lot of (free!) resources to help you out. If
you’re struggling in your classes, don’t be afraid to get help. We want to help
1. Professors’ Office Hours
Your number one resource for each course is your professor.
They know the material better than anyone, and they want to help you! If you’re
struggling with the material and need more explanation, go into your
professor’s office hours. Every instructor has regularly scheduled office hours
(virtual office hours if the class is online), and that time is purely devoted
to spending extra time with their students. The more you talk to your professor
about what you’re not understanding, the more they’ll be able to help you
according to your specific needs. And remember, they want to see you!
2. Free Tutoring
Did you know that NAU offers free online and in person
tutoring? Available through the Student Learning Centers, you can get help with
Math, Stats, and Composition for free and completely online. One-on-one
subject-specific tutoring is available in Flagstaff and there is a Writing
Center at NAU—Yuma. Make an appointment for online tutoring today if you need
3. Online Resources
There are a number of helpful, free online resources
available to you. Are you a nervous test taker? Do you struggle with developing
your study skills? Do you want to know how to take better notes? There are
online resources to help you develop all of those skills and more, including
time management and knowing your learning style. These resources can help you
better utilize the time you spend in class, reading and learning in general.
4. Academic Advising
If you still find that you’re struggling to keep up in
school, make an appointment with your academic advisor. It may be that you need
to be taking less classes per semester or classes at a different level. Your
advisor is an expert that you should consult once a semester to make sure that
you’re in the right classes for you.
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