3 Tips for Struggling Students

College life brings with it many stressors, including financial aid issues, work schedules, and family life. Yet, all of these may seem dwarfed when you get those midterm exams back. In fact, according to The Princeton Review, more than 85% of college students in America and Canada say they feel very stressed out around exam time. That stress may feel overwhelming, especially if you have more than a couple classes. So what is a weary college student to do?

FIRST THING IS TO REALIZE YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Many students struggle with tough work-loads. This is why UWT has so many resources available to help you, like the Teaching and Learning Center.

It doesn’t matter what you are struggling in. The TLC will have what you need to turn that disappointing midterm grade around. The TLC offers more than just a place to study. They have tutors available 50 hours a week to help you with everything from calculation logarithmic equations and standard deviation to Spanish grammar and writing skills. They are open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a group of students and faculty dedicated to you and your studies so take advantage of that. They even offer workshops to help hone your skills even further. So give your grade some tender love and care and head to the TLC.

DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO TACKLE EVERYTHING AT ONCE.

Many students procrastinate, which is fine, it is something we are all guilty of. Yet, don’t let yourself put things off to the point of no return. If you are ever feeling lost and your professors just can’t explain it to you, maybe it’s time you hear it from a student.

That’s why collaborative learning is available, to help you hear things from a student just like you. Sometimes professors know things so well that they just expect you to understand like they do. We aren’t all Ph.D.’s so it’s helpful to have other students in your class to talk to and study with. After all, nobody understands your pain better than a student in your class.

FINALLY, BREAK UP YOUR STUDY SESSIONS.

Most people think it’s advantageous to stick to one subject and just hammer out a few hours of homework, but that can sometimes be detrimental.

Studying for hours and not giving yourself a break will not only tire you out but also greatly impacts your level of concentration. The rule of thumb is if you are studying something for more than an hour, take a 10 minute break. In addition to freeing your mind for a moment, this will also allow you to get a fresh perspective and continue your studies with enhanced focus.

So the next time you are frustrated over balancing another long chemical equation or stressed out over your english research paper that you haven’t started on yet, just remember these three tips. Stick by them and you’ll be on your way to a purple gown in no time.

(Left to right) Marion Tibayan, Brenda Smithhisler, and Rachael Dye. PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIN HULL

(Left to right) Marion Tibayan, Brenda Smithhisler, and Rachael Dye.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIN HULL

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