Monday
11/01/10

Do You Know Your Midsemeter Grades?

Posted November 1, 2010 in Did You Know?, Have You Heard from Your Peers, Uncategorized

As we reach the mid-point of the fall semester, NOW is the time to talk with your instructors about your progress in their courses.

If you are a first semester student, your instructors have reported whether you are progressing Satisfactorily (S) or Unsatisfactorily (U) in your classes and an e-mail message has been generated to your UB e-mail account.

While mid-semester evaluations are not grades, nor do they predict your final grades, if you receive an Unsatisfactory (U), it does mean that there may be concerns about your:

Attendance;
Inadequate preparation for class;
Poor study skills;
Adjustment issues;
Or poor performance on tests.

If you receive an Unsatisfactory (U) evaluation or if you have concerns with your current courses, you should do the following at once:

1. Make an appointment with the instructor or visit the instructor during posted office hours to discuss the course and to obtain additional help.

2. Make an appointment with an Academic Advisor. Your Advisor can help you develop strategies to improve your performance.

3. Consult the information about Mid-Semester Review and learn about other success strategies and resources available to you.

If you are considering resigning (R) from a course after speaking with your instructor, make sure that you understand the consequences of course resignation. Changes in your course load may impact your: (1) financial aid; (2) medical insurance eligibility; (3) sequence of required courses; or (4) time to graduation. Prior to resigning, you should speak with an Academic Advisor and Financial Aid.

The last day to resign a course(s) this fall semester is Friday, November 12, 2010 by 11 pm

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Do You Identify with these Warning Signs that may Predict Academic Difficulty?*
1) Are you falling behind on assignments?
2) Have you missed several classes recently?
3) Do you feel lost or confused?
4) Are you relying heavily on a friend for help in completing assignments?
5) Do you feel restless and listless, as if something is wrong but you’re not sure what it is?
6) Do you feel constantly tired or spend a lot of time sleeping?

*Source: Adapted from McWhorter, Kathleen T. (2000). Study and critical thinking skills in college. New York, NY: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

If You Are Experiencing Warning Signs that may Predict Academic Difficulty:

Remember that you are not alone but be sure you utilize these important additional resources to assist you.