Mid-semester grades will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 23 in SIS. You can view them by selecting “grades” from the drop-down menu in the academics section of the main student center screen.
Mid-semester grades are an important indicator of your current standing in each of your courses. Reviewing them provides a good opportunity for you to reflect on your academic progress and decide on action that needs to be taken in the second half of the semester. Your academic adviser will review your mid-semester grades as well, so now’s a good time to contact him or her to set up a meeting and discuss your academic performance.
If you’re pleased with your mid-semester grades, congratulate yourself on a job well done and continue to work hard to ensure a strong finish to the semester.
If your mid-semester grades are not quite at the level you would like, now is the time to seek assistance and implement a plan for improvement. Whether you need to make significant changes or slight adjustments, take a moment to consider a few strategies that can help you improve your academic performance:
- Attend class every day. Class attendance is one of the strongest predictors of academic performance. MediaVision Courseware is not a substitute for actually going to class.
- Be prepared. Review course materials in advance, take notes and ask questions during or soon after class.
- Get sleep. Lack of sufficient and regular rest can have a devastating impact on memory, concentration, mood and many other areas that affect academic performance.
- Talk to your instructors. Go to office hours, ask questions and get to know your instructors. If you are not happy with your performance on an exam or an assignment, talk with your instructor about what happened and how you can improve. Go to SI sessions whenever possible.
- Study smarter, not necessarily harder. There is a good chance some of the study strategies you used in high school won’t work as well in college. If you need help developing new study techniques, talk with your faculty and/or Educational Services for Students (ESS) for specific suggestions. Also, use study spaces that are most conducive to learning.
- Take advantage of campus services. ESS offers tutoring, time-management strategies, study habit techniques, study groups with peer tutor moderators and other services.
- De-stress. University Counseling Service offers free and confidential support to help you manage during challenging times. Feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to go for help? Talk with your adviser or residential college director—they are here to help and will get you connected with the support you need to succeed!