Avoiding a Crash

ACADEMIC TURNAROUND WORKSHOP SERIES: 1. Avoiding a Crash! Winter 2012 Faculty of Arts Faculty of Science Student Success Centre


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1. Avoiding a Crash! Winter 2012 Faculty of Arts Faculty of Science Student Success Centre

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Immediate Objective: Avoiding a Crash!

…Academic Turnaround Workshop 1 (1 in Fall term, 1 in Winter)

Outline Why academic performance matters How to avoid a crash - self-assessment - possible actions - future steps Future Objective: Planning for Success! …Academic Turnaround Workshop 2 (after Winter Term) Material in presented in these workshops draws on the suggestions of previous participants. Please share your knowledge and experience!

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WHY ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE MATTERS …the BAD things that could happen, and when

Degree Requirements Minimum C (2.0) GPA on entire 4-Yr degree Minimum C (2.0) GPA in Major Annual Academic Review Includes all courses from the previous Spring to the end of Winter term How big is my GPA Problem?

– How to calculate your Spring-Summer-Fall (pre-review) GPA

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Annual Academic Review After Winter 2012, what will happen?

GPA ≥ 2.0: Satisfactory Standing GPA < 2.0 for the first time, but ≥ 1.7: Academic Probation — Normally allowed only once — Academic Probation letter is sent GPA < 1.7, or GPA < 2.0 with a previous probation: Potentially Required to Withdraw (RTW) — Faculties may exercise limited discretion — Either an RTW or Summoning Letter is sent — Special Academic Probation may be possible if… GPA improvement in Winter term Extenuating circumstances i.e. medical situation, personal/family Good prospects for future success

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…So, what do these mean?

“Regular” Academic Probation

You continue your studies…

• GPA must be over 2.0 by next Annual Academic Review

• Normally happens only Once in a Degree

• Special conditions typically do NOT apply

• Submitting a Plan for Success is RECOMMENDED

• UNIV 205 often RECOMMENDED, esp if early in program

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…So, what do these mean?

Required to Withdraw One year away from the Faculty!

… and normally from the University

Reapplication is necessary

Admission requirements must be met

Therefore upgrading is normally necessary - Open Studies at UofC, normally after one year away

- Transferable courses from other post-secondaries

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Special Academic Probation The middle ground

• Student continues on Academic Probation • Definitely only happens Once in a Degree!

1. “Plan for Success” is REQUIRED

2. GPA must be ≥ 2.0 next Annual Academic review (otherwise, RTW)

3. Maximum course load restrictions One (1) course in each of Spring and Summer Three (3) courses in each of Fall and Winter (Faculty may renegotiate Winter if Fall GPA ≥ 3.3)

Note: UNIV 205 may be recommended or required

…So, what do these mean?

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HOW TO AVOID A CRASH This is the immediate concern!

(and the focus of this workshop)

Outline of this section


Possible actions

Future steps

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Self Assessment: Why did things go wrong? Some typical problems

Transition difficulties (esp from high school)

Under-committment to classes (e.g., attendance issues)

Over-committment to job, sports, extra-curriculars

Too much or too little University involvement

Extenuating circumstances (BEYOND your control)

- is this ongoing? Resolved? In between?


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Typical Problems cont’d: Humphrey

Humphrey is in his first semester. In high school he was a good student; he put in little effort and got As and Bs. He lives at home with his parents, who don’t know that his grades have been slipping. His parents immigrated to Canada but Humphrey was born here. Humphrey commutes to school every day for 1 hour each way, and missed several classes this term due to lacking the energy and motivation to go to school. He also got sick for 2 weeks which caused him to miss class. He is taking 5 courses, with the hopes of later getting into Haskayne. Humphrey feels he studies a lot, but tends to find questions on his exams which stump him. To prepare for exams, he goes through his lecture slides and checks the textbooks for reference. Although he goes into exams feeling confident, his results are poor. Humphrey has a high level of anxiety. His personality is naturally very organized and he is always thinking and worrying about all of the tasks that need to get done. Humphrey’s current standing…

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What should Humphrey do about these courses…?

MATH 249 MT 1: 27% worth 20%

MT 2: 39% worth 20%

Assignments: 65% worth 10%

Final: worth 50%

What will Humphrey need on the final?

SOCI 201 MT 1: worth 25% …H thinks he got around a C but isn’t sure

MT 2: 42% worth 25%

Essay: 62% worth 10%

In-class assignment 1: unknown

In-class assignment 2: unknown

Final: worth 30%

What will he need on the final?

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Possible Actions

No Silver Bullet

1 size does NOT fit all. Each student’s situation differs

… Thus, we can only discuss POSSIBLE actions

… Not all of the actions apply to every student!

The numbers for the whole academic year matter! What is your GPA since last review?

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Possible Action #1

Classes and Course Load Course Load – More is not necessarily better!!! Attendance MATTERS! (target = perfect attendance) Course Load Reductions (say to 3 courses) Sharper focus More time for each course Students often want/need full-time status = 3 Courses

Student Loans

Income Tax Students’ Union Perks (Transit Pass, etc.)

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Possible Action #2 Student Success Centre Student Success Seminars * (following) Program advising for Arts and Science Academic Development Specialists * (following) Writing Support Services Assistance with Choice of Degree and Major Career counselling and workshops STEPS * (following) 3rd Floor, TFDL 403-220-5881 [email protected] http://www.ucalgary.ca/ssc/

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Student Success Seminars (November 2011 –Sampler)

Avoiding a Crash

Nov 07, 2011 06:00PM to 08:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Learning from Lectures

Nov 08, 2011 05:00PM to 06:30PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

The Study Cycle

Nov 09, 2011 12:00PM to 01:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Avoiding a Crash

Nov 09, 2011 02:00PM to 04:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Reading Strategies

Nov 09, 2011 05:00PM to 06:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Oral Presentations

Nov 14, 2011 12:00PM to 01:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

The Study Cycle

Nov 14, 2011 05:00PM to 06:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Study Smarter

Nov 15, 2011 05:00PM to 06:00PM TFDL SSC Boardroom

Getting Involved

Nov 16, 2011 05:00PM to 06:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Problem Solving for Math and Science Students

Nov 17, 2011 12:00PM to 01:30PM TFDL 440C

Show Me the Money

Nov 17, 2011 05:00PM to 06:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Probationary Turnaround Focus Group

Nov 18, 2011 12:30PM to 02:00PM 310 Lounge Taylor Family Digital Library

Exam Prep

Nov 21, 2011 05:00PM to 06:30PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Avoiding Procrastination

Nov 22, 2011 12:00PM to 01:00PM TFDL 405/403

Probationary Turnaround Focus Group

Nov 23, 2011 01:00PM to 02:30PM 310 Lounge Taylor Family Digital Library


Nov 23, 2011 05:00PM to 06:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Exam Prep

Nov 29, 2011 12:00PM to 01:30PM TFDL 405/403

Essay Exam

Nov 30, 2011 05:00PM to 06:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

Dealing with Test Anxiety

Dec 01, 2011 05:00PM to 06:00PM TFDL 355D SSC Classroom

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Academic Development Specialists …Offer personalized academic planning and learning support advising.

Book a 1-on-1 session for help in areas such as:

Academic Improvement Planning • Determining your academic strengths and interests • Resolving academic challenges and concerns • Accessing campus support and services

Learning Support and Study Skills Development • Goal setting and time management • Academic reading and note-taking • Tips for test and exam preparation • Information about other university learning support programs

Advising on Scholarships and Awards Applications • Scholarship and award opportunities • U of C programs for high-achieving students i.e. Scholars Academy Program

Academic Decision-Making • Choosing a major • Considering Grad School

To book, go to

www.success.ucalgary.ca under “Academic Advising”

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S T E P S Successful Turn-around & Educational Preparation Support

Our #1 goal: to help in your efforts to regain Satisfactory Standing!

1-on-1 meetings with an advisor specializing in helping probationary students to improve their success rates Ongoing support which is individualized for your particular needs Help in areas such as: studying effectively, completing assignments, managing your time, accessing university resources, understanding probationary rules, staying on top of your tasks, staying motivated, thinking about career paths A short assessment of your learning and study strategies Help to develop a portfolio of personalized learning strategies and plan Credit on your co-curricular record if you complete all phases of the program

Spaces limited. Contact ASAP for more information: Dana Truelove Student Success Centre [email protected]

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Possible Action #3

Wellness Centre Counselling

Personal, crisis and academic counselling

Assistance with choice of major

Room 370, MacEwan Student Centre

403-210-9355, Extension 1


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Possible Actions #4 & 5 Networking

Join a student club in your major

Make use of Optional as well as Required tutorials

Ask questions: in class, after class, in office hours

Form a study group


Laptop note taking, or not? Connecting versus disconnecting

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Possible Actions #6 & 7 Disability Resources Centre Mandate is to provide a level playing field! MacEwan Student Centre 293 Phone: (403) 220-8237 E-mail: [email protected] http://www.ucalgary.ca/drc/

Career Services Discover (SSC) and achieve (CS) career goals! MacEwan Student Centre 188 Phone: (403) 220-8020 E-mail: [email protected] http://www.ucalgary.ca/careers/

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Future Steps Academic Turnaround Workshop 2: Planning for Success

Follow-up (sequel) workshop after Winter

University (UNIV) 205 – Fall 2012

Become an Effective Learner

Side effect: improved learning in other courses

GPA tends to be high

Work is practical and applicable to student’s own life

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Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Arts Program Information Centre

Social Sciences Building, Room 110

Phone: 403-220-3580

Fax: 403-210-6335

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: http://arts.ucalgary.ca/undergraduate

Dr. Joelle Welling Associate Dean, Students

Dr. Jim Gaisford Associate Dean, Students

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Faculty of Science

Dr. Bart Hicks

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Advising

Phone: 403-220-7780 or 403-220-3443

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: http://Science.ucalgary.ca/undergraduate

Room: Biological Sciences Building 376D