Early Alert/Midsemester Help
Are you not doing as well as you hoped in a class? Looking for extra support to help you make the grade you want? Follow the steps below to help you understand where you stand in a class, what services would support you best, and set some goals to finish the semester with success!
Did you know that a “C” average (2.0 GPA) is the minimum requirement for students to be in good academic standing at WVU Tech? And, many majors require an even higher overall GPA.
Here are some tips to help you stay on track:
1. Check your grades!
You can check your grades on eCampus using the gradebook feature or if it is after midterm grades are posted you can check your midterm grades on STAR https://techregistrar.wvutech.edu/registration/grades. To see important dates during the academic year view the Academic Calendar
2. Talk and meet with your instructor.
Check the course syllabus to find out your instructors preferred way to set up a meeting. Then email them to let them set up the meeting or visit during their office hours. When you meet with them here are some questions you should consider asking: Are there enough points remaining in the class for you to pass with at least a C? Do they have any study tips for you to prepare for the exams? Can you review your previous exams or assignments with them (have an idea of what you want to review before asking this)? Are there additional resources to support your success in this class (Tutoring, study sessions, etc.)?
3. Get help!
WVU Tech offers free tutoring in the Student Success Center. We recommend that you see a tutor at the first sign of trouble. Too often students wait until they are really struggling in a course before seeking help.
That said, did you know that tutoring is an effective tool for boosting
anyone’s academic performance? Tutoring can help an average student become
an excellent student. Tutors can assist with checking homework, test
preparation, note taking and study skills. Academic self-confidence
will increase as you gain better comprehension of course material. Make an
appointment in the SSC or just drop by.
4. Complete an on-demand StudentLingo workshop.
Improve your academic strategies in time management, note taking, study skills, and more. Each of the 50 workshops will focus on a different topic such as stress management, math anxiety, and learning strategies that can help launch you to success. At the end, make sure to download the action plan. Each action plan is designed to help you reflect on what you learned in the workshop and decide how to use the information to step up your academic game. https://studentsuccesscenter.wvutech.edu/student-lingo
5. Chat with your academic advisor.
Advisors can do a lot more than help you pick out classes for the next semester. They’re knowledgeable about campus resources, different major options, and much more. Talking with your academic advisor can help you think about the big picture and which path is right for you. You can find your academic advisor at the top of your DegreeWorks in your portal.
6. Take a mid-semester course.
Did you know there are a few online courses through WVU that start at the mid-semester point? These eight-week courses run from midterm to the end of the term and are a great option for students that may need to withdraw from another course, need to add a course for scholarship purposes, or for students who are doing well in their classes and would just like to get ahead. Always touch base with your advisor to find out if this is the right option for you.
7. Set some goals.
Use our sample goals to fill in the blanks
· My goal is to meet with a tutor ____ times a week for the remainder of the semester.
· My goal is to go to bed at ___ p.m. and wake up at ___ a.m. Monday-Friday to allow myself time to prepare for my course work and study.
· My goal is to go to the Library ____ hours a week to make sure I have a quiet place to focus.
8. Find your fit on campus.
Engaging in campus activities can be a way to help you find balance and make connections. Check out some of the great opportunities we have on campus to engage with peers and professionals.
· Student Activities and Involvement https://students.wvutech.edu/student-involvement
· Student Organizations https://students.wvutech.edu/student-organizations