successNET provides you with advice, suggestions and referrals and also allows instructors to issue kudos flags for a job well done!
Depending on the type of notification that is raised, or the type of kudos given, you may need to plan and complete a variety of tasks. Below are the GENERAL things you need to do. Specifics follow.
What to do if you have a flag raised
- Don’t Panic! Take Action!
- Read the email notification you received THOROUGHLY and follow the advice and directions listed.
- Meet with your instructor, if appropriate.
- Meet with your academic advisor, if appropriate.
- Visit the Learning Commons for tutoring in all subjects and other academic assistance in specific content areas such as writing.
- Revise/improve study habits and time management skills.
Many flags are resolvable by simply speaking with your instructor. Although establishing relationships with faculty members is difficult for many students, the tips listed below are designed to help you establish a relationship and prepare for a productive meeting with your faculty members.
- Read the syllabus carefully to determine how the faculty member would prefer you to communicate. Email? Telephone? Through the teaching assistant, if the faculty member has one?
- Once you’ve determined the method by which you will set the appointment, make an appointment and KEEP IT.
- Prepare adequately for this meeting. Make a list of your questions and bring it along to the meeting. It will assist in keeping the meeting on track and on time.
- Realize that your faculty member will likely have your successNET profile up on his/her screen during this meeting, so answer questions truthfully and completely.
- Walk out of the meeting with a written plan of action.
- Follow through on this plan thoroughly.
- See the faculty member immediately if you are unclear on what you need to do or if you have additional questions.
- If for some reason you are not able to meet with your faculty member, do not shy away from seeking the assistance you need WHEN YOU NEED IT. A college education is serious business, and you need to take control and manage your own success. Part of successful educational management is staying informed of your progress via your own monitoring. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you how you are doing academically! Another part of successful management is knowing when you need help and getting that help immediately.
Instructors, advisors and other key staff can raise flags or issue kudos at any time during the semester 24/7. Your faculty members have an additional way, via progress surveys, which are issued 3x per semester.
What to do if you’re having difficulties, but feel overwhelmed
- Again, don’t panic. Many students feel this way at different times of the semester. Give yourself a break and relax. You have many allies, friends, and professionals dedicated to your success across campus, and almost anyone you talk to will have valuable information to share.
- Ask your friends. Friends typically have a wealth of experience and knowledge that they are willing to share. Remember, you are not alone in this great education adventure. It will feel scary at times and you will feel overwhelmed, but DO NOT GIVE UP!!!
- Ask your instructors and/or your advisors. They are here to help you succeed.
- Visit the Learning Commons. They offer Math & Statistics Tutoring, Study Skills, Writing, and new this fall, a Tutorial Center for any subject area.
- Visit or call Retention Services, part of the Office of New Student Orientation and First Year Programs and ask for Cyndie Roberts - 104K University Hall/419-372-0353